The National Hockey League (NHL) and global digital service provider Presidio have announced a multi-year North American partnership that sees the latter becoming the league’s official technology innovation partner.
Presidio will help enhance the NHL’s technological infrastructure, integrating data, designing, and creating applications to support the broadcast of more than 1,300 games annually.
By leveraging managed services to support day-to-day operations, such as the NHL Draft Application which will be utilised at the 2023 NHL Draft, the league will hope to enhance the fan experience through this “best-in-class technology”.
“We’ve made significant investments to build a best-in-class technology infrastructure, and our commitment to innovation in all aspects of the game and business is expansive and ongoing,” said Peter DelGiacco, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
“As a leading global digital services and solutions provider, Presidio will provide us with capabilities to further modernise our infrastructure, and create a foundation of applications for ongoing innovation, including the new NHL DraftApplication which we look forward to using at the 2023 NHL Draft.
“We’re thrilled to have Presidio join the NHL family and look forward to working together to expand and advance the game, our business and the fan experience.”
The application is the ‘first-of-its-kind’ for the league and transitions the NHL Draft onto a new platform, which utilises a hybrid-cloud environment where all information is centralised, synced and integrated across various facets of the NHL, including operations, clubs, communications, central scouting, and central registry.
Moreover, the application enhances the NHL Draft process, including securing, accessing, and transmitting data such as player information, submitting player picks, announcing player selections, amongst other abilities.
Bob Cagnazzi, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Presidio, added: “Presidio has a long-standing vendor relationship with the NHL to innovate, and we’re excited to expand the relationship to become an official technology innovation partner.
“A great example of our innovation and digital transformation for the League is the NHL draft application in use at the NHL Draft today that our team built to ensure everything from operations, trades, new Player announcements, and more goes smoothly.”