By Sean Shapiro (The Athletic)

The iPad is no longer an alien object on an NHL bench.

Since the tablets first started appearing on NHL benches in the spring of the 2016-17 season, they’ve become a common fixture. An assistant coach with his eyes fixed on the screen during a timeout, a player checking something between shifts. The second-screen generation isn’t just about consuming games on television, it’s completely taken over for the people participating in them, too.

These days, screen time means a bit more than getting in front of the opposing goalie.

“It’s a huge part of coaching in today’s game,” Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’re trying to get better every day, and you do that on the ice, but you can’t only get better on the ice. You need to get better in all aspects, and you need to use every tool that’s available to you, and that’s where the technology and these iPads have become so important.”

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