Here at UHB Arena, we post mainly about fantasy hockey, however when something like this comes along, it's worth talking about.
It seems CBC's Hockey Night in Canada analyst, Don Cherry, has a fantasy of his own, that of becoming a concert pianist. Have a look at this video that an astute fan has uploaded, showing Don tickling the ivories on an imaginary keyboard.
These UHB rules are in addition to the Yahoo Sports rules. You are
expected to learn them and abide by them. Ignorance of the rules will
not be accepted as an excuse. The UHB and its commissioner reserve the
right to add to this list and/or modify any existing rule at any moment
for the good of the league.
1. No manager shall use the name of a real NHL or other
professional/minor league team for their team name. Names of famous
people, characters and works are also prohibited. Anything copyrighted
will be rejected.
2. No vulgar terms or language shall be used in whole or in part as a manager's team name or manager name.
3. Team names shall not be changed once the regular season commences. If
a manager changes his/her team name after the official season opener,
their roster will be locked until said name is changed back to its
original one. You may experiment with as many name changes as you want
between the time you sign up right up until the time of the first
official games that count in the standings. At that point, the one you
choose will be the one you keep all season. ONCE THE SEASON STARTS, ALL
TEAM NAMES WILL BE LOCKED.
4. Team icons must be family-friendly and are subject to the same criteria as rule #2.
5. Good-natured trash talk will be allowed within reason but must be kept rated PG.
6. Any manager who neglects his/her team for an extended period of time
risks losing their franchise and could have the team assigned to a new
manager at any point during the season or at the very least, the
following season. Examples of neglect include but not limited to: not
responding to trade offers, not editing lineup regularly, not responding
to league e-mails, etc.
7. All of the UHB Commissioner's decisions are final.
8. Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in having your
team roster locked and possible banishment from the league, following a
9. To claim the UHB fantasy league prize (the mug), the winning manager
must provide a shipping address to where I, the Commissioner, can send
it. All costs will be assumed by me, the league's Commissioner,
including shipping and handling with the exception of possible custom's
duty fees. The prize awarded will be the one that is posted on this site
and indicated as the UHB Cup (League Trophy), no substitutions. The UHB
Commissioner shall not be held responsible for the winning team manager
failing to provide a valid shipping address. If no shipping address is
provided, the winner agrees to waive his or her right to the prize and
no cup shall be awarded. All personal information will be kept private
and will not be used for any other purpose.
10. Should I, the UHB commissioner, end up winning the league
championship, I agree to award the runner-up in the championship finals,
a consolation prize, that being a white value t-shirt. No substitutions
will be allowed for the consolation prize. As with rule #8, runner-up
will be required to submit a valid shipping address upon the finish of
the season or relinquish the consolation prize. Consolation prize will
only be awarded to runner-up if the UHB commissioner wins the UHB
championship. If any other team wins the league championship, no
consolation prize is awarded.
11. Joining this league means you understand and agree to these rules and conditions.
The deadline for naming your 5 keeper players in the UHB fantasy league has been extended. Originally set for July 10th,2011, managers now have until Sept. 25th to lock in their top 5 keepers.
If you are one of the returning managers from last season, note that you can pick any 5 players at any position but starting the season after next, you must select one player for each position. To clarify, for the 2011-12 fantasy season, you will select any 5 players. For the 2012-13 season, you will select 1C, 1RW, 1LW, 1D and 1G. Keep this in mind when you will be drafting the rest of your roster as you will want to have at least one great player at each position.
For players that are listed at more than one position, you must indicate as to which position you are keeping him. For example, if a player is listed as LW/D, you must choose to keep him either as a LW or a D. If you designate that player a D, then you are eligible to choose another player to fill in the LW position and vice versa.
If any of the returning managers have any questions or concerns, leave a comment on this post or tweet me on Twitter @UHBfantasyleag.
Tim Thomas capped off a tremendous regular season with an even greater performance in the playoffs, earning himself the Conn Smythe trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. More importantly, he led the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years.
This, coming one season later after what many considered a lacklustre 2009-10 season, leading some to speculate that Thomas was no longer an elite goaltender.
As a result of his decline in stats last season, it was reflected in his draft position in 2010-11 fantasy leagues. Many managers ranked Thomas much lower than they had the previous year.
In the UHB fantasy league, Robin's Runners got Thomas at a bargain, picking him in the 14th round, 132nd overall.
In another league, the Bruins' stopper was chosen in the 15th round, 230th overall.
But the steal of the century has to be the manager who committed grand larceny by drafting the eventual playoff MVP in the 21st round, 322nd overall!
What did these teams get in return for their late-rounds pick? Just have a look at the stats above to see what has probably earned him another Vezina trophy. Along with the 35 wins and 9 shutouts, the goaltender set an NHL record for save percentage with .938%, breaking Dominek Hasek's record. Not too shabby!
Tell us your Tim Thomas fantasy draft success story. What round did you draft him and what was his draft position overall in your hockey pool? How much did he help your team? How would you rank him for next season? Let us know!
It has been way too long since the last post on this blog. However, I have been working on ways to improve the UHB and it has taken me until now to unveil the results and future plans.
First of all, UHB has an updated logo design that is much more representative of what the league is compared to the former one. You'll be able to find this new logo on various swag in the official UHB gift shop.
Second, I would like to congratulate Texas Tornado on capturing the 2011 UHB championship and Commissioner's Cup. It was another great season and hopefully next one will be just as good or better.
Third, UHB now has an official YouTube channel which will be used, among other things, to commemorate the annual champion with a tribute video, such as the following one.
Furthermore, all arhive records will be kept and updated on the UHB Squidoo lens instead of on this blog. It's just much easier to edit on the former rather than the latter. I've yet to update the stats to reflect the recently completed season but am hoping to get it done soon, before the start of next season at the latest.
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