NEW YORK/TORONTO - 'Bracketology' returns to the National Hockey League with the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge™ presented by Jägermeister. Early registration now is open at NHL.com/Bracket for fans worldwide to share their predictions and face off against friends, family, colleagues, hockey experts and fellow hockey fans for the chance to win the grand prize of $100,000 USD.
Once the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs First Round matchups are set, fans can start creating and submitting brackets containing their predictions for each and every playoff series online or via the NHL® App. Brackets will be locked at 6:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 10, before the puck drops in the first game of the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs.
Notable fans from the worlds of television, movies, music and sports again will test their hockey knowledge in the "Famous Hockey Fans" league. Since the Bracket Challenge's inception, the league has featured predictions from longtime hockey fans such as Jon Hamm, Michael J. Fox, Taylor Kitsch and Snoop Dogg, with actors Alyssa Milano and Joe Manganiello as well as NBC host Willie Geist among the "Famous Hockey Fans" league winners in recent years.
Nearly 1 million fans submitted approximately 1.6 million brackets in 2018, up 105 percent from 2017.
Fans can compete with friends and family in private leagues or with fellow hockey fans worldwide in public leagues. A leaderboard will allow fans to see how their brackets are performing compared to fellow competitors in their leagues as well as fans competing globally in the Bracket Challenge. Fans can share their brackets on Facebook and Twitter with the official hashtag #NHLBracket.
The Grand Prize will be awarded to the eligible entrant who finishes at the top of the leaderboard in the Bracket Challenge. All prizes are subject to confirmation of eligibility and compliance with winner notification requirements, and tiebreaker rules apply in the event of a tie. There is no purchase necessary to participate in the Bracket Challenge. For Official Rules, visit NHL.com/Bracket_Rules.
NHL.com and NHL Network™ will offer comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. NHL Social will showcase brackets from the Famous Fans League.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Open to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, CA, BG, CN, CZ, DK, DE, NL, NO, RU, SK, SE, CH and UK (excluding Northern Ireland), 21+. Begins immediately after all 16 Playoffs spots for the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs (the "Playoffs") have been determined and all seedings have been established but in any event, barring any unforeseen scheduling changes, not later than 2:00:00 a.m. ET on April 7, 2019. Ends at the conclusion of the Playoffs. 1 Grand Prize: $100,000 USD. Skill test applies for CA residents. Sponsor: NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC. See official rules at NHL.com/Bracket for additional details and prize restrictions.