NHL announced Tuesday it will start using a computer tagging and identification system in 2027.
The system will replace the current system used by the league, which uses a photo of a player’s face on a tag to identify him or her.
The system will be used in all 32 teams’ arenas.
The NHL said in a release the system will allow teams to identify players in their locker rooms without having to identify them by name, a process that can take up to 20 minutes.
The league said the system is the first in the NHL to include facial recognition technology.
The use of the system in the 2027 season is part of a broader initiative that will see the NHL start using facial recognition to identify more players, including at games and in other areas of the game.