2011-2012 Hockey Pool!

Back by popular demand!

(Lavaland asked in person at Saturday night’s Canucks-Ducks pre-season game, and ScientistMother asked on Twitter this morning. They’re both popular, right?!)

I’m going to use the CBC pool this year, because the Sportsnet one doesn’t seem to be up yet AND because the CBC one runs into the playoffs. It’s basically the same system as we’re all used to, except that you get to pick three players each week (one forward, one defenseman and one goalie) as your “stars”; your star players earn you double points for that week.

It’s possible that you’ll need to enter a Canadian address in order to play (I’m using an existing account and can’t remember what they asked for when I signed up), but I’m sure that won’t be a problem. It’s highly likely that non-Canadians won’t be eligible to win the car that’s offered as first prize, but a) none of us are likely to get anywhere near the top 100 anyway, and b) bragging rights are worth more (100% science FACT) and have a smaller carbon footprint.

Sign up here, then join the group called “VWXYNot”. Password is occamsgoalie.

I’ve enabled the trash talk feature, by the way…

Season starts Thursday October 6th!

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44 Responses to 2011-2012 Hockey Pool!

  1. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Oh, and by the way:

    a) absolutely no hockey knowledge or skill is needed to play. Just ask Bob.

    b) I will once again be asking participants for help in sharing the pool update duties, using a Google Docs spreadsheet to record all scores. The more players we get, the less often we each have to get to host the update!

  2. Beth says:

    I’m totally in! Beth’s team of hockey hotties shall rule your pool!

  3. chall says:

    I’m in. Somehow I don’t think it will go worse than the current NFL pool…. and my poor leafs are looking wilted already ^^

    Will see what happens in the double header Fri/Sat against my swede team Red wings….

    • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

      Don’t give up before the season’s even started!

      • chall says:

        Didn’t say I was giving up. Just a touch of realism in the middle of third week of NFL and seeing that a)Erhoff is gone from Canucks, b)Kabele is now in Carolina (!?), c) Edler is hurt….. the list goes on… πŸ˜‰

        ah well, time to be positive and a silly hoping girl yet again. Maybe maybe the Leafs will beat Canadians in the opening game…(see now what I mean with realism?? πŸ˜‰ )

  4. I’m IN of course and HELL yeah Lavaland and I are the SHIT

  5. ricardipus says:

    Ok, so this year I’m gonna pay attention and make picks for the first month. Unlike last year, where I didn’t do JACK for the first month and a half and STILL ALMOST WON.

    You are all SO going down this year. Prepare to be demoted to the minors, permanently.

    Oh wait, you said you enabled trash talk on the *pool*, not the *blog*. Whatever.

  6. cromercrox says:

    Excuse me Madam, but does this bus go to the station?

  7. Aww.

    I’ve missed this.

    <3 <3 <3 <—- ironic. But I really have missed this

  8. Are we allowed to thrash talk certain people *cough* Alisha *cough* that didn’t play last year because of he/she was having a baby, because I had a baby and I have a monkey at home. And I”m STILL playing.

  9. modscientist says:

    This is my first ever sports pool since my dad used to have me make his picks when I was 7. I chose my fav players and filled the remaining spots with players that had cool names and/or cool hair.

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  11. uhmm, its says we’re all part of the group. how do we change….

  12. Beth Snow says:

    I think I’m part of the group… but I can’t see anyone else in the group. Beth = confused!

  13. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Huh, weird – you’re all showing up when I go into the admin area, but when I click “standings” all I can see is me and Lavaland. I’m sure it’ll kick in once the season starts, or something…

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  15. Bob O'H says:

    I’ve (finally) signed up and made my picks. Do you realise how few crap Finnish forwards there are?

    but I’m sure that won’t be a problem.

    I decided to be more patriotic.

    • chall says:

      it’s in the blood πŸ˜‰

      (brothers and all…. can’t help it. Maybe you can borrow some of the “less expensive” Swedes? Oh wait, you said forwards didn’t you… well, can’t help you then)

  16. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Mr E Man is gonna play this year! I’ll set his account up for him over the weekend πŸ™‚

  17. chall says:

    For what it’s worth, I can see 10 ppl in the group. Is arkmennis possible Mr E man? (curious πŸ˜‰ ) It’s important to know who you trash talk about, right?! ^^

  18. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Yep, everyone’s showing up in the standings now, and Mr E Man is playing as arkmennis πŸ™‚

  19. Beth says:

    OK, I made my picks last night. The salary cap thing and the ability to change your players every week makes this much more difficult than my old pool!

    Also, is this “week” just today and tomorrow? If I want to make changes to my picks, what’s the deadline to do that?

    • but its not as hard as the sportsnet one, which limited the number of centers, wingers you had. With the CBC all your fowards could be centers or wingers. Not sure which one I like better yet….guess it’ll depend on how I do.

      uhm, do I lie about the pick deadline or tell the truth?

      • chall says:

        well, do you want to win because you are the best or because the people you play against didn’t play?? πŸ˜‰

        *…. trash talk bravely before the horrible opening game against the Canadians tonight….*

        • beth is playing, just maybe not with all the information. Do one usually give the opponent their opponent the game plan?

          • Beth says:

            I’m sure the information must be on hockey pool website somewhere, but I was being lazy and asking here since I figured someone probably already knows. Why, oh why, can’t I just be lazy? =)

  20. I guess Alyssa has decided to whimper out….

  21. Beth – you can be lazy, but what you don’t is you can trust us, we are hockey fans after all πŸ˜‰ pick deadline is 1pm on saturday – which you would know if you followed me on twitter πŸ™‚

  22. Just getting out of an all-day meeting to say OH CRAP I THOUGHT IT WAS A MONDAY-SUNDAY THING LIKE LAST YEAR GAAAAAAAAH.

    I’m screwed for this week, but will do better next week πŸ™‚

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