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Jamie's Thought of the Day - 12/23/2013

Monday, 12.23.2013 / 8:00 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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Jamie\'s Thought of the Day - 12\/23\/2013
We hear from the Head Coach Todd McLellan all the time, and of course know of assistant coaches Larry Robinson, Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft. But there is another member of the coaching staff who is a crucial member, great guy and flies under the radar and his name is Brett Heimlich.

Brett is the technology guru of the staff who oversees all the video, but he is also much more than that. As Todd McLellan said, “Brett is the unsung hero of our staff, doesn’t get much recognition and people outside don’t know how much he does. When he started he had technical skills but our staff is more efficient now because Brett’s hockey knowledge has expanded so much.”


On a typical game day Brett arrives at the rink at 6:00am and gets home around 11:30pm. On a practice day he arrives at 6:00am and gets home around 3 or 4pm. Long days, but passionate days as he works with some of the smartest hockey minds in the world.

Brett’s hockey knowledge, especially of how the San Jose Sharks are hoping or expected to play, is on display during a game. This is when Brett has to be, and is, at his best!

In-Game Responsibilities
During a game Brett captures, edits and marks the live video using an advanced sports software system. He captures a live timeline of the game, a single video file for each period that he works of off. Here is a rundown of his in-game responsibilities.
  • Breaks down and does a live capture of all the situations in a game whether they are systematic in nature or of particular players
  • During a typical game Brett will mark and create 600 to 800 separate video clips
  • He indexes points on the video using pre-set key strokes that are labeled for specific entries, for instance; system plays, scoring chances for and against, individual players, plays from different zones on the rink etc…
  • Knows what the coaching staff is looking for in regards to the Sharks systems, opponents, players
  • Identifies adjustments and/or tendencies that he sees while watching the game
  • Is in constant communication with Jay Woodcroft who is on the Sharks bench.
    • Brett will let Jay know if he sees something on video
    • Jay will communicate with Brett something the coaches want to see at the end of the period. They can then show players the video.
Jay Woodcroft recognizes the incredible value that Brett brings to the coaching staff. “Brett marks a series of different situations and has an inner-monologue of the unique events that are very important to track. The coaching staff uses Brett’s tremendous abilities to the utmost as he supports the video needs of the coaches and organizationally.“


While Brett’s most crucial value from a job description is his in-game video marking and analyzing, that’s not all he does.

Pre- Scout
Brett makes sure the assistant coaches are prepared and have what they need from a video standpoint to pre-scout the Sharks next set of opponents, typically 5 games out.

Equipment Set-Up
Brett sets up all the video equipment, configures the network for file sharing (more prevalent on the road in different hotels and arena’s), makes sure all the video clips are ready for coaches meetings and when necessary sets up projectors, network cables and lastly oversees all the data backup, storage and filing.

Statistical Analysis
Brett does data and video analysis and provides stats for the coaching staff.

Practice Day
On a typical practice day Brett organizes all the clips for the coaches meetings and also identifies additional clips or information that is needed for the meetings. He is at the disposal of the coaches if they are having any technical issues, whether it is network, hardware or software related.

Bottom line, Brett gives the coaches more time to do what they do best, coach and teach. Brett Heimlich, the guy behind the scenes we seldom see or hear of but who makes the team and organization better because of the tremendous job he does.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 34 13 16 4 29
J. Thornton 34 8 21 2 29
J. Pavelski 34 15 13 5 28
P. Marleau 34 7 20 -1 27
B. Burns 34 10 16 -2 26
T. Wingels 34 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 34 7 7 -3 14
J. Braun 34 1 12 7 13
M. Vlasic 33 4 6 12 10
J. Sheppard 28 4 6 0 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 14 7 3 .917 2.42
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