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07-07-2012, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkGio View Post
How does this stuff work? Is it like a pool or something?
Fantasy hockey is a form of fantasy sport where players build a team that competes with other players who do the same, based on the statistics generated by professional hockey players or teams. The majority of fantasy hockey pools are based on the teams and players of the National Hockey League (NHL).
A typical fantasy hockey league or hockey pool has 8 - 12 teams but often have as many as 20. Other types of pools may have a greater number of teams, which may dilute the average talent making it more or less fun depending on the league, but also represents more closely the actual NHL, which currently has 30 teams. Other forms of fantasy hockey may allow an unlimited number of teams, whereby any number of owners may draft the same player(s). These typically have a restricted number of "trades" where one player may simply be exchanged for any other in the player pool, typically of the same position.
Any fantasy hockey pool that "rolls over" into other years is called a "Keeper" or "Dynasty" league. The leagues can be run each year in any of the above formats with a winner declared at the end of each season. At the end of the year team managers decide which players they wish to protect (the number varies - from protecting and keeping all players, to keeping as few as three or four players). Before the NHL season opener, a fantasy draft is held to fill out the rest of the roster.
Many keeper leagues, as well as some single season leagues, have adopted salary cap rules similar to the NHL. In a "Salary Cap League", a salary is assigned to each player before the manager selects his team. Salaries are usually determined by the NHL player's real salary. Otherwise a number value is assigned - usually by an online hockey pool program - or it is determined through an auction process. Each manager must ensure that they do not go over the predefined salary cap when selecting players.
Also some leagues have introduced a rookie draft into their fantasy league. By using the rankings from the last season to determine the draft order last place gets 1st pick and so on. Also in some leagues trading picks is also allowed.

Basically, you have a draft at the start of the season to pick the players you want for your team. After that, you make trades, add/drop players, and make other transactions to make your team the best in the league. After the regular season is over (fantasy hockey), there will be playoffs to determine the champion.

A keeper league is pretty much the same, except after the season is over, you can pick X amount of players to keep for the next season. (you will then have a draft to pick the rest of the players)

Hope this makes sense!

Originally Posted by GLaDOS View Post
I did one last year with this board but it fizzed pretty quickly. However if you guys are passionate about it I'm definitely willing to join one!
No doubt, I'll be active!

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