Fantasy Hockey: Multi-Position Eligible Players

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When drafting, it may be useful to draft some multi-position players to make your lineups more malleable to ensure that every position is filled come game day. I’ve used this strategy for years to a moderate degree of success. Regardless of your strategy, I feel that having a few of these players on your team is a very powerful asset!

Note: For this article, I only used Yahoo’s position eligibilities and checked for the top 600 O-Ranked players. Also, I included the stats for Yahoo’s default leagues, but I also added Faceoff-Wins (FOW), Penalty-In-Minutes (PIM), Hits (HitF), and Blocks (BkS), since a lot of leagues use those stats. Yahoo also tends to update position eligibilities in the January of each season, so these position eligibilities are not permanent! I plan on doing an article update then though, so keep tuning in!

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Tips for Recreational Hockey League Managers

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So you want to start a recreational hockey team, eh? You have the time, you have the money, and you have enough friends interested to start a hockey team. But what really goes into managing a recreational league hockey team? I’ll go over some tips and tricks that I have learned over my past few seasons of recreational hockey league play.

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September 2015 Update: BenchApp – The Ultimate Team Manager

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September 2015 Update

A few weeks ago, I finished my first full hockey season using BenchApp to completely manage my beer league hockey team and feel that it is necessary to give a few thoughts on the App after getting some real world experience. My full review can still be found by scrolling past this update or clicking here.

When January 1st rolled around this year, the only thing I could think of is my beer league hockey team that would be playing this summer. I recently just reviewed BenchApp and was really excited by the potential of the app in alleviating the effort that went into managing my team. We would only be retaining about half of the same players from the previous season, so I had a little bit of work ahead of me for finding new players for my team. Sure enough, I had plenty of people excited right off the bat that wanted to join my team, so I input their account details into BenchApp and added the deposit money that each player owed to me by March 1st.

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Way back with Wayne: The Origins of Fantasy Hockey

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My father, Wayne, has been a life-long hockey fan. He loves to watch it, he loved to coach his kids in it, and he loved to play it. In this segment, I pick my dad’s brain about the progression of hockey from a fan’s perspective.

Many of you reading this are probably like me, you are absolutely obsessed with playing fantasy hockey. You delve hours into research before, during, and after each season just so that you can get an edge on your fellow Fantasy GMs and finally get bragging rights, and likely having your name immortalized on a trophy along with some cold hard cash. With so many different ways to play Fantasy Hockey and how much depth and complication can be involved with them, it’s crazy to think about how far Fantasy Hockey has come in a few decades. Luckily for me, my father has been participating/running the Cook Cup playoff hockey pool for 35 years and is the perfect candidate to get an idea of the climate of Fantasy Hockey back in the day.

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The Cinderella Stories of 2015 Goalies

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Like any other year in the NHL, there have been many surprises in the 2014-15 NHL season. Blockbuster trades take place, teams take unexpected dive bombs after what seemed like a promising season, and season ending injuries take huge blows to a contending team. However, the biggest surprises of this season has been the prevalence of lesser goalies unexpectedly turning a team’s season around. These are some of the goalie Cinderella stories of this season.

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What to do when your team has been eliminated from the NHL Playoffs

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With the Buffalo Sabres being the first NHL team to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in the 2014-15 season on Sunday and the Edmonton Oilers the second team to be eliminated on Monday, what should the hockey fan do when their team does not make it into the post season?

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The State of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rivalries

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Often the avid hockey fan will hear the statement that “rivalries are created in the playoffs”. The playoffs are a completely different animal: the games are faster, the players dig deeper, and emotions fly. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs once in the past ten years, so who is there for the Leafs to hate?

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Pond Hockey: The Purest Form of Hockey

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DISCLAIMER: Please use this guide to determine if ice is suitable enough to be used.

There is nothing like playing a game of pond hockey on a snowy day in North America.

Of the “Big 4” sports in North America, hockey is definitely the most expensive. Football and baseball just need a natural growing field that needs to be cut every now and then, a few pieces of equipment covering certain areas of the body, and a ball you are a good to go. Basketball just needs a net, ball, and pavement to get a game started. Hockey on the other hand, needs players to be covered in equipment from head to toe, a temperature controlled arena, and an expensive Zamboni using up to 380 litres of water after each game that is played.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 18

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Sunday February 1st 2015 – Saturday February 7th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 17

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Sunday January 25th 2015 – Saturday January 31st 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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