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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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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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