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Posted - 04/06/2006 :  11:12:51  Show Profile
Is it April already? The 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are about to begin and I could not be more excited. There is nothing sweeter than watching playoff hockey – except maybe winning your office playoff hockey pool.

Now if you are like me and your chances of winning your regular season pool are slim to none, then you can take comfort in knowing that regular season bragging rights only last until the playoff pool king is crowned. The winner of the office playoff pool gets to brag about it all summer long.

Organizing a playoff hockey pool is quite simple. Just get together with your coworkers, rec league teammates, or group of friends and pick your teams. Here are the two easiest ways to get this done:

1) Pick players in a draft pool format: once an NHL player has been picked by one pool team, other pool teams can no longer select that NHL player. For example: if Bill's team chose Jaromir Jagr, then Jaromir Jagr cannot be chosen by Ted's team nor any other team within your pool. Typically, draft style pools involve a little more organization and a gathering of pool people so the draft can be held.

2) Pick players in a straight pool format: any team can choose any NHL player regardless of whether that player has been picked by another team. For example: if Bill's team chose Jaromir Jagr, then Jaromir Jagr can still be chosen by Ted's team as well as all of the other teams within your pool. The straight style is easier to coordinate as you could pass out a pick list and get everyone to choose X number of forwards, defenseman, and even goaltenders.

Once everyone has selected their players, all you have to do is setup a pool manager. offers a pool manager service and you can create your pool by visiting . It only takes a few minutes to input everyone’s players. After that, you will never have to keep track of stats again. Just login every morning to see how you are doing. If you select the Enhanced Pool Manager you can request daily stats updates sent via email, print out pool reports, and even trash talk with other people in your pool.

The Playoffs will start soon after the final day of the NHL regular season (April 18th). Remember you can start a pool at anytime, even after the playoffs begin. Don’t miss out on the fun.

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