Have you considered reaching out to a minor league team? They might be more inclined to hear you out than a big-league team.
Hockey analytics is still in it's infancy. It's not really a thing at the minor leagues level from what I can tell. There isn't as much dedication to tracking... Though I am having conversations with another company that isn't directly affiliated with any one team.
More and more NHL teams are coming around to seeing what they can get out of data, so I would imagine there's room for someone like me in a few places in the league right now. The only thing I ever heard relating to the Red Wings and analytics was Babcocks interest in it about a year ago. So I may be going up the wrong tree here, but it's my favourite tree.
I guess I just don't understand asking complete strangers to use their connections to get you an interview. You could be some sort of lunatic. You want in, go knock on their door. If they don't open, you didn't knock right.
This place is a community and I know there are a lot of good people here.
I am a part of many communities, and I try to help people within them whenever I can. In my experience others try to do the same. It's nice.
If someone reads my original post and thinks I'm nuts... Then I guess they won't help me. I did my best to be honest and sincere.