Fantasy Hockey: The Cook Rating Hockey Pool Tool

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The Cook Rating is a hockey pool tool that is meant to assist in making player decisions. For example, if you are getting hammered in your pool every week in hits, blocks, and assists; this tool will help you in finding the best player that is the best in those three categories overall. It does this by running each players’ stats through an equation and outputs them as a single number, selfishly called the “Cook Rating”. You can check out the Cook Rating right here:

http://www.beerleagueblog.ca/cook-rating/

Play around with this tool and figure it out, but check out this article for an in depth explanation on how the Cook Rating is calculated!

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The Impending Paradigm Shift of Hockey Night in Canada

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The impending paradigm shift for hockey broadcasting this year is going to make this hockey season one of the most interesting in the history of the sport for Canada. Of course I am talking about the 12 year, 5.232 billion dollar CAD acquisition of broadcasting rights of the NHL in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet. This brings a slew of changes that are going to affect how we Canadians consume this national icon.

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Fantasy Hockey: What is Fantasy Hockey?

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Once you are finished reading this guide, check out Kevin Lavallée’s guide for Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101!

For the uninitiated, a Fantasy League is a Meta-sports game that involves a group of individuals acting as General Managers (GMs) for their own made up teams using real world players and using their real world stats. Most of these leagues are based on money to keep it competitive, but there are free pools too. This game can be applied to any team sport, but given that the focus of this website is on hockey, I will be enlightening you about the main types of Fantasy Pools for hockey.

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Fantasy Hockey: Cook Rating Explanation

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After playing in three different hockey pools last season, I found it useful to determine the value of a trade by determining how valuable a player is to me. My measure of value in a player is how often the player would do things in a game that would contribute to my head-to-head match up statistics in my hockey pools. After downloading the latest player stats spreadsheet, I made a formula using the programming abilities in Excel. The people that I have shown this formula to have said it’s useful and that I should share it somehow. So with the assistance of my programming friend Shawn Hind, we created this tool for everyone to use for free. Click here to start using the Cook Rating, or continue reading for an explanation of the Cook Rating.

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