There is a thread about this over at Suchy_63's boards (the guy who created NHLview), which you can find here.
The most interesting post is from some guy who is contact with one of the main mods at Cyber NHL (djohns74), and the mod had this to say in a PM:
I actually have no information myself. I sent an e-mail to Tim [the creator of Cyber-NHL], but haven't heard back. I don't know if he checks his hotmail account though. My best guess at the moment is that Tim is out of town or otherwise away from his computer for the last few days, that there's trouble with the host and he's the only one that can contact them to resolve it. In that case, I'd fully expect it to return at some point tomorrow, maybe even tonight.
He could also have been forced, for one reason or another, to look for a new host suddenly. It might take a couple of days to find one, and then a couple more days for DNS to get set up and propogated. Again, in which case, I'd expect it to return in the next couple of days.
Anything else that I can think of would have been resolved by now, except, of course, if Tim decided to shut down out of the blue. But I'm 99.9% sure that this isn't the case; we were in the middle of making plans for the new file server and whatnot, so whatever's causing this, it's involuntary, I'm sure.
Seems strange, I think its been down for like a whole week now.
Russ (the TP administrator) basically dumped everyone into Cyber with no notice. That didn't go over to well. Chaos ensued, and a bit later the DMD (which was at the time, part of TP) staff saved us by opening the Double Minor Hockey Network, which is where almost all of the old TPers ended up. Yeah, wasn't too much of a team up. :p
Thanks for dropping me an email concerning Cyber NHL. This is just a friendly reply letting you know of what's going on.
I'll put it bluntly and then go more in-depth, Cyber NHL will no longer be online. Obviously, your next question is why.
Well, as you may or may not know (I haven't really shared this with too many online users in the past, unfortunately) I am a God fearing, Bible believing man. I believe that my God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to save the world from condemnation (John 3:16, 17, Romans 5:11) and provide freely the gift of eternal life. I also believe that my God is a good God and that He seeks to have a two-way communication relationship with me (James 4:8, Luke 19:10) and anyone else who accepts Jesus as their Saviour. I also know that He loves and cares for everyone in this world (John 3:16), whether they believe it or not. I am living proof of that, there's no way I am worthy of what was and is given to me by God.
So now that I got through the background of this decision I'll let you know why this all happened. A few months ago I felt that God was telling me to leave Cyber NHL so I could move onto different things. Well, being the ignorant fellow I was I just fluffed it off and thought in a few months maybe I'll pass it onto to one of Cyber NHL's dedicated staff members. Anyways, on the night of October 13, 2004 God once again spoke to me and this time it was loud and clear, I had to close down Cyber NHL and move on. It was also clear that I was not supposed to pass it on to a staff member (to me that seemed quite unfortunate). Early on October 14 I shutdown Cyber NHL and we are where we are today.
Now, I want you to realize that I did not want to close Cyber NHL, it was not that type of deal. I personally thought I'd be running it for 7 more years (at least), it was that fun and interesting. However, I have learned (the hard way) that when God speaks to you, you need to listen. So I have. I would like to thank and bless all those who visited and helped out with Cyber NHL over the years, it was truly a pleasure.
What am I up to now? Well, I am finishing off my college degree up here in Toronto and will be totally finished by the end of December 2004. I will not be visiting or posting on any hockey related forums so this may be the last time you hear from me. I am currently and will be more involved in the gaming industry when I am finished school so for some in the NHL gaming community, we may meet up again.
So this is goodbye. The one thing I would ask of you is that you forward this message to those who may ask you about this whole situation rather than explaining it yourself. It may just be easier that way.
Thanks again for all your support and help!
Wow, well i guess its the end of it.
And Tim did the right thing to close the website and move on. I bet it was really hard for him to make that choice, but in the end, it was the right choice to make.
I guess God had spoken to him about the things more important in life.
Which is to
“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Does anyone here know where i can contact him?
Last edited by brodeurfanatic: 10-28-2004 at 10:35 AM.
that's not the greatest news from my perspective, but I do I understand where he is coming from, as I also am a fellow Christian. Often I feel that hockey, along with the computer, takes over my life in a way that is not right. I put it before more important things in life, which is wrong in my opinion. Good luck to Tim with what he does from now on, and God Bless him.
What a load of absolute rubbish. This guy should of stayed off the drugs, or if he isn't on drugs, perhaps he should be. 'God told me not to hand Cyber NHL over to anybody else', wow God, thanks for that brilliant insight. Good to see he's fixing the important evils in life such as Cyber NHL, who cares about starving kids in Africa eh?
Never heard so much sanctimonius ******** in all my life. Tim you selfish, selfish man. I truly believe you used your religious beliefs as an excuse to drop a lot of cyber nhl'ers into internet limbo. Why not pass on the web site to another admin? I loved your site man and you have not just let us all down but soured the memory of cybernhl.
First off I would just like to say thank you to Brodeurfanatic and Zoo, I have been searching everywhere to find out what happened to Cyber-NHL. And when I read what happened, my first thought was how I was going to recover my add-ons I uploaded. I had been there 3 years and for sure I thought they would be gone, but Zoo came up with the link. Now regarding Tim's decision to close the site, I respect it even if I don't like it. It was his and Mike's site when it first started, and he had put a lot of work and money into the site, if he wanted to close it he should be able to.
As mentioned by others, I thank those responsible for providing information as to the reason for cyber-nhl's disappearance. I was wondering what had happened.
That's the stupidest reason I've ever heard for closing down a website. You can't be serious. Did his alphabits cereal spell a message out to him?
I'm not religious. And I don't have a problem with people that worship a religion. You can go to a place of worship, and follow a set of rules that encourage a good natured life. And you can thank your Lord for your success. That's great, I'm happy for you.
But when **** like this happens, that's when I start to have a problem with religion. You have people making total rash decisions out of no where. And then you have fanatics getting in the way of scientific progress, and nut jobs going on rampages.
Cyber-Nhl was a great environment. It was the right amount of people and a great source of information on hockey with concise facts followed by enlightened opinions. And it was never so large that it got cluttered.
But now God has stepped in and ordered it shut down. Give me a break.
Yeah, it was a major shock for all the members there, myself included. I had been going to Cyber NHL for a few years and had been posting on the forums for over two years... nearly 11,000 posts later and it just... died. I've spoken with Tim 'Avman33' Broomer on many occasions since signing up at his site and not once did I ever think he was such a believer in God, especially with Cyber NHL getting the rights to talk with EA Sports during developmental stages of NHL 2005 and holding the summit where members from Cyber NHL were flown out to Vancouver by EA to testplay NHL 2005.
I haven't talked to him for a month or so and I don't know when I'll get the chance to talk to him again.
I respect his decision and everything he's done for the community... I just wish he had given a notice or passed the site on to one of his members.
My apologies for not forwarding the end of Cyber NHL to you guys when Avman replied (on the 27th) to one of the mods' (normin007) e-mail asking what was up with the site.
wtf........man, Tim really must have been hitting the pipe hard. I honestly thought that was a hoax. Remember when he had CN down, and he said: I never thought this day would come when CNHL closed down, and here we are. Then we all found out he was joking. I don't think this is a joke, but if it is.......you got me good.