Fantasy Hockey

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The Fantasy Hockey Expert - May 26 - Toronto Sun
Yes, this season was an absolute nightmare for Avalanche fans and fantasy owners. No doubt. But as I've said before, doom and gloom is underrated when it comes to fantasy hockey and this is a perfect example. I will be very surprised if Patrick Roy is...
Wild about Minnesota's changes? -
One way or another though, this shift should have an impact on the fantasy value of Minnesota hockey players. In '08-9, with Marian Gaborik on the shelf most of the season, Mikko Koivu led the team in points with 67. No other player had more than 50...
Will NHL someday be playing musical cities? - The Gazette (Montreal)
By KEN WARREN, Canwest News ServiceMay 23, 2009 Fantasy hockey: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces league has agreed to move Coyotes back to Winnipeg in 2011. Welcome to May 2020, and the National Hockey League's conference finals....
The Learning Curve: One last fantasy hockey lesson -
There is no question regarding who was the most valuable player in fantasy hockey this season. Ovechkin does it all; he shoots a ton, scores, assists and hits. Those hits are undervalued, as they separate him from guys like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni...
The Fantasy Hockey Expert - May 18 - Toronto Sun
Or winning your fantasy league. For the sake of my friend Steve, please, stay the course and avoid pronouncing Sidney Crosby the king of anything until he's truly taken its throne. (Rob Higgins is a Hockey Analyst and Fantasy Hockey Expert for XM's NHL...
Fantasy Hockey Breaking News -
Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are looking forward to the challenges that the Detroit offense can bring. "They come in waves and get lots of shots," Brent Seabrook said. "They come into the neutral zone with a lot of speed. We'll have to neutralize...
Lucky number 7's: Playoff fantasy hockey picks, May 13 -
For fantasy owners, this represents the dream situation. Most of the players you bought at the start of the round are still playing, meaning you've gotten maximum value from them. Plus, with these series extending through Wednesday, you'll also get two...
The Fantasy Hockey Expert - May 11 - Toronto Sun
Now, if you're in a more traditional hockey pool that only uses points, or a setup that employs some obscure kind of roto design, you may not be interested in a player's entire collection of statistics. Those of us in fantasy leagues and those of us...
11 Teams, 88 Players and an entertaining draft - ESPN
The 2009 poker fantasy draft consisted of 11 players ranging from some of the game's best players to some of the game's best bloggers. Scoring was based on players making deep runs in massive field events. Some drafters went for the young,...
Lowry would 'love' to coach in NHL - Calgary Herald
CALGARY - In the teenage wilds of the Western Hockey League, Dave Lowry instructs his charges to set goals for themselves. Even if naysayers deem their aims pure fantasy. As Wayne Gretzky said, you miss 100 per cent of the shots you don't take....

Fantasy hockey

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.

If one prefers a rotisserie format, then there are free online fantasy hockey leagues run by Yahoo and the National Hockey League.

There are also many websites that charge a fee for league setup, varying from around $10 to around $100 per season.

Furthermore, private fantasy hockey leagues have prices ranging from free to thousands of dollars. To track private fantasy hockey leagues, there are league managers online who will track the scoring for a small fee.

The most common way for choosing NHL players or teams to comprise a fantasy team is via a draft, either online or in person. However, the method ranges from basic (picking from comparable players who are grouped in boxes) to complicated (i.e. 'auction' style).

Most office hockey pools (or fantasy leagues) keep the teams simple - merely choose 12 or 15 or 20 skaters from any position, most points win. However, as the fantasy hockey league becomes more realistic, it takes on the appearance of actual NHL teams.

In a 'Head-to-Head' league fantasy owners are pitted against each other weekly in one on one duels. The owners attempt to win as many categories as possible per week, with their weekly scores to be added to their cumulative score. It is the only league that offers a bracket-style playoff format at the end of the regular season.

A 'Points' league is one in which point multipliers are assigned to certain categories and all owners try to accumulate points by scoring in these categories without the weekly competition. For instance, if 10 points are awarded for a goal and 5 for an assist, a manager who selects a player who scores 10 goals and 30 assists will collect 100 plus 150 points for a total of 250 points. Points are awarded for multiple scoring categories in the same fashion.

A 'Rotisserie' league is one in which teams are ranked in order from best to worst s. In a 10 team league with 10 categories, the maximum number of points a team can earn is 100 (by finishing 1st in each category). The least is 10, by finishing last and collecting only 1 point per category. Rotisserie leagues are likely the most strategic type of fantasy pool and reward managers whose team has strong, balanced scoring across all categories.

Simulation Hockey leagues use a video game (such as the EA Sports NHL series) or a hockey simulator program (such as Fantasy Hockey League Simulator) as a match simulator. Each team manager selects an NHL team and is able to submit, control and edit many of the aspects of their team. Either players are drafted and teams are built from scratch or each manager starts with the official NHL roster loaded on the software. In either case, managers can acquire players during the season through waivers and trades. Transactions are submitted to the Commissioner of the league, who in turn loads the lines and runs the program, simulating a game based on the set attributes.

An 'Express League' offers contests with shorter timeframes than traditional season-long fantasy leagues. The rules are usually the same than the 'Points' league. Games timeframe could be from 1 day to 1 week or even more sometime.

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.

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Fantasy Hockey League Simulator

Fantasy Hockey League Simulator is a sports management computer program which mathematically emulates the game of ice hockey. Notable as part of a long history of binary compatible PC-based hockey simulators dating back to 1988 and the genesis of commercial computer simulation hockey, the simulator has existed for over 10 years.

FHLSim imports files from Bethesda Softworks' 1992 release of Hockey League Simulator II, which was the sequel to Hockey League Simulator, which was compatible with 1988's Wayne Gretzky Hockey.

FHLSim allows a user to assemble teams which play against each other within the logic of the program. Players are represented by a set of skill ratings and attributes attached to the players name. Player ratings are often based on the statistics generated by professional hockey leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL). Users of the program may perform "what-if" scenarios, or as the engine for a fantasy hockey pool role-playing game where team general managers use the GMEditor tool to set lineups to be used in each game. Fantasy Hockey League Simulator is also known as simply FHLSim.

In the winter of 1997, Sean Bates wrote the basis for what is now FHLSim. He offered the product to friends and others via word-of-mouth. Later in 1997-98 he created a website and offered the program for sale via mail order. In 1999 his interest waned and discussions began with Wynn Fenwick for support of the product.

In 1999 was registered by Wynn Fenwick as a sole proprietorship in the Canadian province of Ontario. has augmented, maintained, supported and sold licenses of the FHLSim program online since then as shareware. The exclusive online retailer is NorthStar Solutions, a long-time online shareware vendor. uses proceeds of license sales to support an online community of enthusiasts called the Forum, promoting open peer support for FHLSim enthusiasts.

Sets of player ratings, typically grouped by season are known as ratings packs, using the .drs file extension. League files are the same player ratings but include team structures, coaches, arena names, etc. Unlike many software vendors, who generate revenue by selling rating packs, FHLSim encourages the community to create ratings packs and league files collaboratively. This is known as crowdsourcing. FHLSim abandoned providing league files as the several online communities produce ratings, many of which were higher quality than FHLSim itself was able to produce.

FHLSim development has slowed to its lowest pace since acquisition in ten years. Recent developments have been hampered by development delays in license key upgrade code and lack of resources. The latest official version is version 1.5 build 468. A beta version of FHL v1.6 is also known as FHL build 483. This build incorporates shootouts into FHLSim. However, the fact that the product has remained stable for almost ten years allows many leagues to integrate FHLSim into role playing universes (such as no one dreamed of ten years ago.

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Bob Koshinski

Bob Koshinski is an American broadcaster and multi-media communications specialist from Niagara Falls New York.

Koshinski is best known for his time as Vice President/General Manager of the former Empire Sports Network. Bob Koshinski was Vice President/General Manager of Empire Sports Network from 1998 until its closing in 2005. Koshinski also served as Assistant GM, Executive Producer and Program Director over his 15 year career with Empire Sports Network which ran from from 1991 to 2005 when Adelphia Communications terminated operations.

One of Koshinski's significant contributions to the history of Empire Sports Network was the creation of the Fan-TV concept. Fan-TV was a daily, two and a-half hour live program hosted by Howard Simon and Jim Brinson. The program featured hourly segments on the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and local and national sports stories. Fan-TV helped Empire Sports grow beyond the Buffalo region by featuring teams and players throughout New York state.

Koshinski also hosted several shows on Empire Sports such as "Not Just Sports" and "Fan Forum". "Fan Forum" teamed Koshinski with Buffalo Broadcast Hall of Famer Art Wander and included segments with NFL Network writer Vic Carucci and former Buffalo Sabre Danny Gare. Koshinski also co-hosted "Live From The Aud" with Jennifer Smith for one NHL season. "Live From The Aud" was a Buffalo Sabres postgame show that was televised live from Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium after home Sabres games.

Koshinski also hosted the Thurman Thomas Show and Cornelius Bennett Show and anchored numerous live special station events over the years.

Empire Sports Network was the flagship station for the Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League games, but featured a wide range of live events, live sports news and talk shows. Empire also aired a significant amount of programs covering the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, which included the Thurman Thomas Show and Cornelius Bennett Show, both hosted by Koshinski. The Frank Reich Show, Don Beebe Show, Marv Levy Show, Bill Polian Show, John Butler Show, Wade Phillips Show and The Bills on Monday Show. Empire Sports also produced and televised live play by play of the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League, the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National league, the Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Redwings and Syracuse Chiefs of the International League AAA, AHL hockey, and NCAA basketball. Buffalo Bandits lacrosse also received limited coverage on the station. Games of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA also aired for several seasons until January 2005. In 2004, the station also aired live Canadian Football League Friday Night Football games and on a tape delay Saturday mornings.

Empire Sports Report, was also a successful live studio program produced by the network. The Sports Report aired seven days a week with original anchor Mike DeGeorge anchoring Monday through Friday. DeGeorge then left the network in 2000 and was replaced by Josh Mora. Weekend reports were anchored by Bremante Bryant and Jason Bristol.

The most popular program on the network for 14 years was Hockey Hotline, the Sabres' postgame call-in show hosted by NHL veteran Mike Robitaille and later with Brian Blessing and Josh Mora.

Other popular shows were Fan Forum with Bob Koshinski and Art Wander, which aired from 1991 to 1998.

Pros and Cons was created by Bob Koshinski and was one of the first shows produced by the network. Koshinski recruited WGRZ-TV's Ed Kilgore, then radio talk show host Art Wander and award winning writer and columnist Larry Felser to be regulars on the program. The show also featured a guest panelist each week and ran from 1992 to 1996; in a real sense, it can be considered a predecessor to ESPN's hit talk show Pardon the Interruption.

Several national and professional sports announcers also worked for Empire Sports including former Buffalo Bills punter and ESPN NFL analyst Paul Maguire, who hosted the Budweiser Sportsline for 14 years. Also on the network were current NHL announcers Pete Weber and Danny Gare, Toronto Raptors color analyst Jack Armstrong and former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker, now of CBS.

Bob Koshinski was also General Manager of all-sports FM radio station WNSA from 2000 to 2004. Adelphia purchased then WNUC 107.7 FM in Wethersfield Township, in 2000. Koshinski was part of the management team that totally re-built and re-formatted the new FM all-sports station. The rare FM all-sports format had success against Buffalo's other sports talk station WGR-550 AM until Adelphia sold the station to WGR's owner, Entercom Communications, in 2004.

Koshinski put WNSA-FM in the thick of the Western New York radio wars with several unique promotions which included the Western New York Sports Symposium. The WNY Sports Symposium was a yearly, two day event held at an event center which included participation by the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bisons and most of the Buffalo area colleges. The Symposium featured two days of sports talk from the event location and numerous round table discussions with dozens of notable Buffalo sports team players, coaches, alumni, and announcers. The Symposium created hours and hours of rich discussion on Buffalo's sports history.

Another of Koshinski's WNSA-FM on-air promotions was the creation of a radio fantasy hockey game called "Sabres Showdown" that pitted the Buffalo Sabres 1975 Stanley Cup finalists against the 1999 Sabres finalist squad. The game, which first aired April 9, 2001 prior to the 2001 playoffs, featured actual Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret and analyst Mike Robitaille calling the action as well as staged and archival interviews with Sabres players and management from both eras; players that were on the 1975 Sabres team and also were part of the Sabres's broadcast team at the time (Jim Lorentz and Danny Gare) were held out of the broadcast to make it seem as if they were in the game; they were replaced by other WNSA personalities, including Mike Schopp and Howard Simon. In addition, classic archived audio clips of past interviews of players and owners Seymour and Northrup Knox were played during sports updates, interspersed with the real sports news of the day, leading up to the game. The taped broadcast was a hit and sounded incredibly real, to the point where it was replayed in April 2002. The game was first created on a video game (EA Sports's NHL 2001) with rosters created from players from both the 1970's team and that from the 1990s. Jeanneret and Robitaille watched the replay of the computer generated contest to create a realistic sounding broadcast. The game actually foretold several rule changes that would later be implemented by the league, including the use of dark home jerseys (the 1975 Sabres were said to be wearing jerseys virtually identical to the current Sabres alternate jerseys), and the implementation of a penalty shootout to decide the winner. The fictional game was won 4-3 in a shootout, with Gilbert Perreault netting the game winner.

Koshinski is also well known in Buffalo for his time at WKBW-TV prior to joining Empire Sports. Koshinski was hired by WKBW-TV in 1983 as a part-time sports producer and after six years was named Sports Director. Koshinski was named Sports Director in 1989 after the legendary Rick Azar retired.

During Koshinski's 8 years at Ch 7 he earned a reputation as a hard working investigative reporter. Koshinski broke several key Buffalo sport stories such as the Buffalo Bills signing of Jim Kelly and Bills' owner Ralph Wilson's demand for a new stadium. Koshinski was also known for his good humor as an anchor over his years at WKBW-TV and was a popular choice for Master of Ceremonies duties throughout the area.

Koshinski's titles included producer, reporter, weekend sports anchor and 5 PM anchor prior to being named Sports Director.

Koshinski left WKBW to join Empire Sports in 1991. Succeeding him was John Murphy, best known as the voice of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.

Bob Koshinski has also become one of the foremost authorities on WKBW radio's 1968 version of War of the Worlds. Koshinski has written numerous articles on the subject and hosted and produced a 30 minute special on the broadcast that aired on WNED-TV on October 31st, 1998.

Bob Koshinski served as Communications Director for Erie County, New York] from 2005 to 2007. Koshinski was also Senior Assistant to Erie County Executive Joel Giambra during that period of time.

Koshinski has been Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Dinner from 1995 to 2005. He has also served in that capacity for such as events as Jim Kelly's placement on the Ralph Wilson Stadium Wall of Fame, President Bill Clinton's speech at the HSBC Arena, Marv Levy's retirement banquet, Thurman Thomas celebrity roast and many, many others.

Bob Koshinski lives in Wheatfield NY with his wife Mary and sons Robert, Jacob and Daniel.

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