Enhancing Hockey Video at the San Diego Gulls with Hub

The technological landscape of hockey coaching is rapidly evolving, and at the forefront of this transformation is the integration of sophisticated video analysis tools that not only streamline coaching methods but also enhance team performance through detailed analytics. 

A notable example of this innovation in ice hockey is the Hub. This versatile video analysis platform has been expertly integrated into the coaching processes of the San Diego Gulls.

A San Diego Gulls hockey player in action on the ice, featuring the San Diego Gulls logo and the Catapult Pro Video logo side by side, highlighting their partnership in advanced video analysis for enhancing team performance.
San Diego Gulls leverage Catapult Pro Video for advanced video analysis, enhancing their coaching techniques and team performance.

Introduction to Hub and Its Impact on the San Diego Gulls

Hub is an advanced video coaching tool designed to complement and enhance existing sports video analysis workflows, such as those used with Thunder Hockey’s video program. 

Lucas Hurtt, the seasoned Video Coach of the San Diego Gulls, brings a wealth of experience from his tenure at Boston College and as an Assistant Video Coach for the New Jersey Devils. With this background, Hurtt is well-positioned to leverage Hub’s capabilities to elevate the team’s video presentations and share video to any device.

Initial Impressions of Hub for Hockey

“Integration into an established workflow is always ongoing, but the product is worth coaches learning and making it a part of their daily processes as they adapt and become more comfortable,” says Lucas Hurtt about incorporating Hub with the new Head Coach’s workflows. 

Hurtt further notes, “It has been received well, and with continued usage and practice, will be another tool for the coaches allowing them to be more precise while teaching players.” This integration signifies a substantial step forward in refining coaching techniques and player development strategies.

For a deeper dive into how Hub and Catapult are revolutionizing video analysis in hockey, watch our video showcase:

Advanced Annotation Capabilities

“When asked about Hub’s unique features, Hurtt highlighted its superior annotation tools. “Hub is not like any program I have used before, and it truly brings something new for me to use in our video coaching,” he explains. 

These professional, studio-quality annotation tools facilitate effective communication of complex play strategies. He adds, “The professional appearance and quality of these tools allow us to convey the message we want.”

For a comprehensive understanding of how these advanced annotation capabilities are enhancing video coaching, you can access our full Hockey Video Analysis Report.

The report delves into the evolution and impact of performance analysis, transforming subjective observations into objective, actionable data. We address the challenges in capturing, analyzing, and sharing performance insights and dive deep into Catapult's Vector system, Thunder software, and Hub Coaching Tools, & Focus, a flexible and lightweight solution designed to enhance these capabilities.
The report outlines critical workflows for generating performance insights, including in-game video capture, performance data collection, in-season analysis, off-season scouting, recruitment and development, and effective distribution of insights.

San Diego Gulls Collaboration and Customization with Catapult

“The collaboration with Catapult has been instrumental in tailoring Hub to meet the specific needs of the Gulls,” remarks Hurtt. Their responsiveness and support have been crucial, from in-person demonstrations to constant communication and training. 

“Catapult has been great with the Hub integration from day one. The knowledge that any questions about the program I may have are a quick call away makes the transition that much less anxiety-inducing and well received,” he explains.

The integration of Hub into the video analysis workflows of the San Diego Gulls marks a significant advancement in sports technology applications. With its robust features and the potential for future enhancements, Hub is set to redefine how coaching staff leverage video analysis to boost player performance and strategic execution. 

As sports technology continues to evolve, tools like Hub will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of coaching and team development in ice hockey and beyond.


  • Download our product guide for video analysis in ice hockey. This guide outlines Catapult’s solutions and workflow improvements to ensure you get the most out of your tech.
  • Watch our latest ice hockey webinar, ‘Thunder to Hub Round Trip Workflow’. This webinar highlights the annotation and presentation enhancement ability of Hub and the round trip back into Thunder.
  • Request a custom demo to see firsthand how your team can benefit from the unparalleled capabilities of Focus, transforming your approach to game preparation and strategy execution.

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