NHL rolls out VR technology

NHL logo sign, Photo Date: June 2010 / Cropped Photo: Marlon E / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)

LAS VEGAS (AP) - To the casual hockey fan, or people who don't know the sport, it can be tough to keep track of all the action on the ice.

But now, the NHL is using high technology to keep tabs on players during games. This past week, the league began testing technology that will be used to track players - and the puck they chase around - for the first time in a regular season game.

The VR technology will provide everybody from team officials to broadcasters to gamblers information on things like player speed and distance - and the speed of their shots.

The NHL plans to have the system in place throughout the league next season - but you can get a sneak peek later this month. Fans can see it at All-Star Weekend on Jan. 25-26, where broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada will have access to the data during their coverage.

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