NHL’s experiments in hockey

Michael Giberson

Stephen Dubner at Freakonomics points to a Macleans story on some wild experimentation going on in the National Hockey League: shallower nets, moving the second referee off the ice, moving the face-off circles, three-on-three and two-on-two shootouts, and more. The article said:

The unusual nature of some items tested at the camp reminded Simon Fraser University business professor Lindsay Meredith of the freewheeling “skunk works” divisions that tech companies create to investigate advanced projects. “Any major corporation should have some kind of skunk works—a bank, a university, whatever,” he says. “An enterprise of that size and sophistication would be foolish not to.”

FIFA, you listening?

(Related: an April 2009 story in the Financial Times about an “experiments in business” course taught by Freakonomics co-author Steve Leavitt and John List at the University of Chicago.)

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