Live look-in from NHL's Player Safety Video Room
The Tribune-Review spent Wednesday inside the NHL's Player Safety Video Room, where members of the Hockey Operations and Player Safety staff watched four games.
Beat reporter Rob Rossi provides a behind-the-scenes look at the room, tools used by Player Safety personnel from New York to Los Angeles and Montreal, and a review process that includes Hockey Operations officials in Toronto:
PLAYER SAFETY VIDEO ROOM
Operational for a second season, it is located on the 12th floor of the NHL's U.S. headquarters. It is a hockey viewer's paradise. It includes:
• a 50-inch television on a side wall
• 3 jumbo boards, each consisting of four 38-inch screens that can show different games, on a front wall; 1 jumbo board carries French-speaking broadcasts of game when available
• 12 computers with 25-inch monitors
• a wheeled 40-inch TV
• 4 electronic tablets
• 7 laptops
• hard copies of the NHL Rule Book and Player Safety database records
• 8 binders that hold 1,230 game reports from the 2011-12 season
• rosters/line combinations for each of the 30 clubs (updated weekly) and standings (updated daily)
• lists of players that have been suspended, warned, fined and players who are repeat offenders
No officials and/or staffers are assigned to watch or note more than one game at a time. The room can accommodate enough personnel to follow 15 games. There are never fewer than two coordinators in the room on a night when games are played.
Those usually in the Player Safety Video Room:
Sr. VP of Player Safety and Hockey Operations
Assignments: Oversees all games; stays in contact with personnel in other cities as well as, if necessary, general managers, agents and the union.
VP of Player Safety and Hockey Operations
Assignments: Oversees all games and databases; serves as Shanahan's second-in-command.
Assignments: Watches and notes games — Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.; Edmonton at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.
Assignments: Watches and notes games — Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Assignments: Watches and notes games — OFF.
• Also on the 12th floor, there is a studio where Shanahan's Players Safety rulings videos are filmed and eight video production booths.
When not in New York, these Player Safety officials watch/note games on TVs in cities where they live. They review clips on laptops or tablets and communicate with Shanahan via phone and email.
Rob Blake (Los Angeles)
Manager of Player Safety
Stephane Quintal (Montreal)
Manager of Player Safety
The ‘war room'
Roger Neilson video room
Shanahan stays in touch with Hockey Operations personnel who reside in Toronto, where those officials most often spend evenings watching games in that city's NHL offices Video Room for Scoring Plays.
The Toronto room has been labeled the “War Room” by the media. There are times when Player Safety personnel advise on scoring plays and where Hockey Operations officials in Toronto assist on Player Safety reviews.
The following personnel watch/note games, review video and communicate with Shanahan via phone and email:
Mike Murphy • Sr. VP of Hockey Operations
Kris King •VP of Hockey Operations
Kay Whitmore •Sr. Manager of Hockey Operations and Goaltending Equipment
Rod Pasma•Sr. Director of Hockey Operations
John Sedgwick•Video Manager of Hockey Operations
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