Bigger and better than ever, Canucks Fantasy Hockey is ready to kick off its sophomore season on Oct. 1
Four and a half months, 142 days, 3,408 hours, 204,480 minutes, 12,268,800 seconds.
If it feels like it’s been forever since the Vancouver Canucks played a meaningful hockey game, it’s because it has been.
It was a great summer, don’t get me wrong. I learned how to surf, took golf lessons and went to Las Vegas. Thank goodness Canucks hockey is back though, salt water burns the eyes, my swing resembles the flight of a wounded pigeon and Sin City is hotter than two cats fighting in a wool sock.
It’s time for mesmurizing goals, baffling saves, jock-rattling hits and bloody fights; it’s time for Canucks hockey. That also means Canucks Fantasy Hockey, presented by TELUS, is ready to kick off its sophomore season.
Oh Canucks Fantasy Hockey, how I missed thee.
HOW TO PLAY
If you’re new to the world of Canucks Fantasy Hockey, welcome. If you competed last season, welcome back.
In short, Canucks Fantasy Hockey is a free online game that allows you to play against other Canucks fans as you attempt to earn the most points during the regular season and playoffs.
Canucks Fantasy Hockey is as easy as click, click, click, or at least in theory it is. Once you’ve signed in to your account (click here to set up a new account), you’ve got $20 million to spend. Each Canucks player costs a certain amount, which fluxtuates throughout the season depending on their on-ice performance.
The goal is to accumulate as many points as possible during each game, so spread that $20 million around any way you like and cross your fingers.
Think Roberto Luongo’s going to have a big game? Pick him up – he comes with a price tag of $5 million. Too steep for your budget? Kyle Wellwood is only $1 million, same with Ryan Johnson and Darcy Hordichuk, but will spending less really help you gain more?
That’s the fun of Canucks Fantasy Hockey, not everyone is going to score big every game so it’s up to you to decide who to pick and when. If you put together a solid line-up, you could be in line for some mighty fine swag.
The fantasy season starts with Vancouver’s regular season opener on Thursday, October 1, when the Canucks play the Calgary Flames.
THE INS AND OUTS
Can you butter bread? If so, you can play Canucks Fantasy Hockey. We’ve kept things simple to ensure all Canucks fans can enjoy it equally.
The scoring system is easy; points are awarded on a scale depending on the significance of the event. Goals are worth 10, assists 9, hits 2, blocked shots 2, a shutout is 10 and so on.
The biggest change this season is that points are now awarded for faceoffs, fights and 3-star receptions, while points are taken off for minor penalties. The amount of points attained in many categories was also increased, meaning it’s easier than ever to top the leaderboard if you pick the right line-up.
BIGGER AND BETTER IN YEAR TWO
Winning comes with perks regardless of the competition and bragging falls under that category.
The only thing better than being able to talk smack to your boss after dealing them a crushing blow on Canucks Fantasy Hockey is winning a sweet prize for your efforts.
In addition to the regular monthly prize of a Canucks team-signed hockey stick or team-signed Canucks-branded t-shirt for the fantasy hockey player with the highest average for each month over the regular season (October to March), this year the grand prize is no laughing matter.
The fantasy hockey player who has the most accumulated overall points at the end of the regular season will win a team-signed Canucks jersey, while the player who has the highest season average will win a mystery prize pack that would make Donald Trump blush.
TELUS has also jumped on board with a pair of tickets to Canucks games to be awarded each week. More details to follow.
Similar to Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback,” I, Canucks.com fantasy guru Derek Jory, will have a weekly column focused on all things Canucks Fantasy Hockey.
Picking a line-up can be tough, especially if you’re in a group with co-workers and there’s a lot on the line, so I’m here to help. I’ll examine the match-ups Vancouver has and determine which players could lead you to victory.
The Canucks themselves will give input into how they think they’ll do during the week in question and top fantasy players will also be brought on board to share their opinions.
Check back next Monday for the first installment of Canucks Fantasy Forecast.