Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sim Hockey Leagues - An Introduction

This is a section in which the world of Sim Hockey Leagues will be discussed. Everything from how to join a league, how they operate, to how to build a Championship team.
P.S. I am not a loser.

I was trying to write this post, but I kept getting distracted with trade talk. I have been shooting emails back and forth with another GM about Rene Bourque. My rebuilding Rangers were able to get him pretty cheaply from another team before the trade deadline and I was hoping he would start off the season pretty well in the real NHL and then deal him for younger pieces. Well so far it seems to be working out: Bourque has 10 goals and 16 pts in 19 games and should be on his way to a 30 goal season. My thinking is also that Bourque is very streaky and now is the time to deal him before he doesn’t score for 15 games.

I will let you know how the trade talks goes. On with the post.

So let’s get into how Sim leagues work. There are some leagues with more advanced features and some that are simple and easy to understand what is going on. The SLHL is one of the more advanced and detailed leagues I am in, with full stats for your Pro and Farm teams and every stat from hits, blocked shots, face off % and many more. It also has a very detailed box score like this one. My team is Washington.

I get this box score emailed to me after every game to let me know how my team did. Looks intense eh?

In many ways Sim Leagues are just like when you create a franchise or using the Be a GM mode in the EA NHL video games. But instead of ripping off the computer on deals you have 29 real GM's in the league who run teams and talk deals with you either through msn or email. Some leagues even have forums and GM’s can post their trade blocks, and message other GM’s about trades.

Who Ownnnnns the League
Sim Leagues always have a commissioner who Sims the games with a computer program, and they also own and update the site. In the leagues I am in there are trade councils that can vote against a deal if they think another GM is ripping someone off and they also help the commissioner out with possible rule changes and player re-rates. Both Sim Leagues that I am in are free.

Player Ratings
Each player has an overall rating. It’s just like a how video games do it. There are many categories ranging from leadership to puckhandling. Players are rated on how well they do in the NHL.

Here are Sidney Crosby’s ratings:

Compared to Colton Orr:

Crosby has 64 points through 37 games in this league. You would think that he would be rated higher, but he is not on my team so that is a good thing.

How are the Games Played?
You set your lines and game strategy and have it loaded up for your team. You only have to change things around if you have injuries, so it’s not like you have to always be updating your lines. You have full control on who will be on the ice in all situations. Details such as who is quarterbacking your power-play or even when you want your coach to give your goalie the hook if he is getting lit up are all up to you. The game strategy settings let you control if you plan on playing that game really defensive or want to go on an all out full attack. Most GM’s in the league tend to just keep things balanced out.

How Long are the Seasons?
The two Sim Leagues I am currently in do 2 seasons a year. So even in the summer months when you are missing hockey you still have your Sim Team to cheer for. Each season takes around 3 to 4 months to sim, then playoffs, and then the free agent signing period. After all this, the commissioner updates the site with player re-rates.

Sim League Drafts
Drafts are held once every two Sim seasons. Draft positioning is determined using the combined standings of both seasons. One of my leagues does a lottery system for the top 5 picks the other is just based on final point standings.
I have a 6th overall pick in the 2010 draft that will be happening in a few weeks. There is a good chance Cam Fowler will still be around. Hoping I can grab him or Brett Connolly.

Who do you think I should take?


  1. Alexander Burmistrov if Skinner is gone

  2. Trade up and get Hall

  3. Hey mark, remember when you bragged about already winning the hockey pool, then zach parise got severely injured...that was awesome.

    I bet watching Matt Stajan get creamed by Marc Staal last week made you a little happy eh?

  4. How do I get in one of these Sim Leagues??

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