This year marks the ninth consecutive year of our Hockey Playoffs Pool, celebrating the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and also known as therapy-distraction for Toronto Maple Leafs fans who otherwise didn’t have a team to cheer for (most years, and officially this year again as of last night).
It was a tough call whether to re-up the pool for another year because of a few competing issues. First, I’m doing a fair bit of travelling the next few weeks, which could limit my ability to update the pool in a timely fashion.
Second, thanks to the smashing success of our March Madness Survivor pools, our payment provider is no longer an option to collect your entry fees. That’s a downer.
We’ve been doing this for nine years without issue, and now they don’t want to service us any more. No worries about the March Madness pool winners, because everyone is getting paid. There isn’t really anything we can do about losing them except find an alternative payment method, and that is not possible in time for the hockey pool.
Lastly, the NHL changed the format of the playoffs with the divisions instead of the traditional 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7 and then highest vs. lowest for each subsequent round to the Stanley Cup Finals. That caused some extra work instead of just turning the pool over from last season, which I wasn’t sure I’d have time to do, but fortunately I did manage to figure this out without too much trouble.
Wow, after all that maybe we should take a break from the hockey pool for a year. . . Nah! Its up! Its open! This year our Hockey Playoffs Pool is FREE to enter. I’ve included a modest prize of some cash and t-shirts from my website Fantasy Throwdown for the winners.
The game format is the same as in the past. Pick the teams to win every series, pick how many games it will take them to win each series, and pick any 5 players (maximum 1 player per team) to score points for goals and assists.
I’m hoping even with the lower prize pool we still have a good turnout like last year. Hey, it is free, so why not? Even tell some buddies to join and then each throw in some cash to compete for supremacy amongst your group. Maybe I’ll try that with my beer league hockey team.
As mentioned, updates may be sporadic for the first couple weeks, but there shouldn’t be any series winners declared in that time.
The deadline to join is Friday April 18 at 7:30 Eastern, which is when I’m estimating the second game of the earliest series will start. You can edit your picks as often as you like up to the deadline. Thanks, and good luck!