RECAP: 2023 Hockey Users Conference

We hosted our annual Hockey Users Conference in June during the NHL draft week in Nashville, TN. This annual conference brings together Hockey Coaches from all over the world to learn and network. Here’s a recap of what was covered.

At the conclusion of each NHL season, Catapult’s annual Hockey Users Conference brings teams and coaching staff together across a variety of leagues for a week of development and networking.

This year’s event was hosted during two major Hockey events – the NHL Draft and the NHLCA Conference both in Nashville, TN.

The connection of these three events brought more opportunity to exchange ideas and network all week long.

Here’s a recap of what was covered during throughout this awesome week.

Pictured: Bill McCarthy, Sr. Product Manager at Catapult leading a session

Catapult Hockey Users Conference


Each year, the Catapult team present key updates to Thunder Hockey ahead of the next season. Users have the opportunity to discuss, give feedback and ask questions throughout the day.

This year’s Thunder Hockey feature updates included enhanced video exchange & multi-angle capture workflows in addition to Windows OS updates.

Pictured: Thunder Hockey Users Presenting their in-season video workflows.

Here are the key Thunder Hockey updates that were covered: 

    Now teams can seamlessly import many media & data files from the Exchange network into their ThunderCloud account. This new update reduces the time to manage large quantities of media & data files during the season.
    The legacy Black Magic encoder has now been replaced with AVMATRIX and Antrica encoders. These new smaller network capture devices unlock multi-angle capture with improved stability & faster finalization times.
    Thunder 2023 is now updated and optimized for the latest Windows operating system to ensure all-around stability & performance for our Video Coaches and teams.


In addition to Thunder updates, Catapult has also presented Hub – our new suite of video tools that are designed to seamlessly connect performance insights across every user, including coaches & athletes.

Teams can import Thunder videos into Hub to create presentations, build collections of insights, and share with anyone on any device or operating system. 

Learn more about our video solutions for Ice Hockey.

  • SYNC THUNDER VIDEO | Instantly sync Thunder video to Catapult’s new presentation and sharing tools. 
  • PRESENTATION TOOLS | Access a suite of presentation tools including auto-tracked telestrations and more.
  • CLOUD-BASED SHARING | Package and share videos alongside presentations and reports to custom user groups or across your entire team.
  • CROSS PLATFORM & MOBILE | View shared content across multiple mobile and tablet devices from any location. 
Catapult's Next-Generation Video Platform for Hockey

Teams that don’t use Thunder for their video analysis, now have the ability to try Focus – our latest Video Editing software.

Focus allows teams to capture multi-angle video & data at every moment. 

Now teams can capture a variety of video angles and tag their own data using custom code windows that don’t require operators to code. You can also import 3rd party data to enhance your analysis workflows. 

The combination of our latest tools gives teams a new, streamlined way to capture, analyze and share every moment of performance.

If your team is interested in our new solutions, learn more about our latest video solutions or schedule a demo to see it for yourself.


Our customers were able to get hands on with our latest solutions during workshop sessions. Video Coaches who beta tested our latest tools, also presented their workflows using Hub.

During these sessions, Coaches were able to share videos from Thunder to create their own presentations.

At the end of our workshops, user groups had the chance to present their work and share feedback.

Pictured: Nashville Predators, Lawrence Felony presenting his approach to Video Analysis using Thunder.

The Catapult Team and industry partners also presented a variety of topics to help improve video workflows within Thunder. 

These included the following sessions:

  • Vault Exchange Workflows and Exchange to ThunderCloud 
  • Start of Season Review Workflows 
  • Thunder Hockey 101 
  • Improving Analysis with Sport Logic Data 
  • Streamlining Play cards with Pro Quick Draw 

Lastly, we had the pleasure of hearing from Coaches about how other teams leveraged video within their organizations.

Pictured: Edmonton Oilers Asst. Coach, Glen Gulutzan, on Pre-scout workflows in Thunder

Speakers & topics included: 

  • Nashville Predators, Lawrence Feloney & Andrew Melochey on Multi Capture Workflows.
  • Edmonton Oilers, Glen Gulutzan on Pre-scout workflows in Thunder.
  • Penn State University, Brian Suslow on his experience using beta testing Focus & Hub.
  • Video Coaches Panel including Mike King (Ottawa Senators), Cole Lussier (Ontario Reign), Britni Smith (Syracuse WHK), James Emery (Hockey Canada). 


Catapult strives to connect our teams and coaches together each year. Beyond the sessions and presentations, networking opportunities included group meals, happy hour and outings throughout the conference.

During the week, groups were able to check out the happenings at the NHL Draft in Downtown Nashville and NHLCA Convention to close out the week.

From everyone at Catapult, we want to take our loyal customers, partners, and speakers for attending the event this year. We wish you the best of luck as you prepare for the upcoming season and look forward to next year’s event!

What to learn more about our Video Analysis Platform? Check out our video solutions for Ice Hockey or schedule a demo to see your team’s workflows in action.

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