Win money playing fantasy hockey

Made possible by Draftstreet.

The sound of skate blades on ice, like the voice of a loved one, is unmistakable. Carbon and chrome meet ice in a repeated collision. It results in a crashing, clanging noise with a recognizable rhythm that signifies progress. Moving with a puck toward a net. Moving with intent toward the opposition. It’s the sound of scores and hits. It’s the foreshadowing of the sport’s most exciting elements.

Forgive the flowery writing. We’re all a little bit excited around here because it’s back. The puck dropped on the NHL regular season Tuesday night, and the hockey season is once again upon us. The enthusiasm that the opening of the NHL season prompts in its fans is almost childlike, reminiscent of the times playing road hockey, telling our friends what player we would be impersonating during the impromptu game.

If we still play pick-up games or rec league hockey, informing our linemates what current player we’re pretending to be would likely cause dead stares looking back at us. We’re a bit older now, and instead of pretending to be NHL players, we pretend to be general managers of NHL players. Of course, that’s what fantasy hockey is all about – owning and managing your own team.

Now, imagine if a current GM had the opportunity to switch up his entire team night-to-night and dress any player he wanted in the NHL. He’d jump at the opportunity, and that’s why we hope you’ll do the same with this chance.

Right now, Draftstreet is extending an exclusive offer to theScore readers that will allow you entry into a $500 contest by selecting a fantasy team for Thursday night’s NHL action. Your entry in the contest – if you use this link – is absolutely free.

There are guaranteed cash prizes for the top 50 entrants, including $100 for first place. All for free.

Selecting a team is completely intuitive and incredibly simple. You’re given a $100,000 salary cap, and each player is assigned a price by DraftStreet. You select a roster of players to cover these positions: 1 Goalie, 2 Right Wing, 2 Left Wing, 2 Center, 2 Defensemen and 1 Flex. Once you’ve selected a roster for the coming week’s action, you receive points based on how the players on your team perform. The teams with the most points get the prize money. It’s just like a regular fantasy league, only you’re not stuck with bad decisions from a single draft. Next time you enter a competition – whether it’s daily or weekly – you’re completely free to select new players.

Here’s how our team is shaping up:


We went top heavy with Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Milan Lucic, which meant we had to take a chance on Tim Thomas picking up where he left off and not experiencing too much rink rust. We filled out the rest of our lineup with some sleepers like Troy Brouwer, and a player who could have a breakout season in Mikkel Boedker.

If you think you can do better than this, make sure your roster is submitted by Thursday October 3 at 6:50PM ET. You have until then to create a winning team.

Every week over $20,000 is won playing fantasy Hockey on DraftStreet. To get in on the money, all you have to do is follow these three steps:

1.  Sign up at Draftstreet;

2.  Pick your favorite NHL players; and

3.  Finish in the top 50 entrants.

Best of luck from theScore and Draftstreet.

Comments (5)

  1. I want to take a moment to express how immensely disappointed I am to see this sort of advertisement on the Backhand Shelf blog.

    I understand the difficulties involved in generating revenue from non-invasive static ads, especially in light of the spread of ad-blocking software and browser plug-ins, but an in-line advertisement that is not immediately distinguishable from an ordinary blog post endorsing a gambling website strikes me in an enormously negative way.

    I look forward to reading the thoughts and unique perspective on the game that Bourne, Etchingham, Innes and the rest of the great team that has been put together here put forth each day – I consider this to be one of the best and most interesting hockey commentary websites on the internet, without question or reservation.

    Nevertheless, I will not be returning if this type of advertisement becomes the norm or a regular part of the readership experience.

    If there is an appropriate corporate email or physical address to which sending a more formal letter explaining my concerns might be helpful, please let me know. Thank you.

    • “Win money playing fantasy hockey. Posted by admin under Custom Content … Made possible by Draftstreet.”

      If that’s not immediately distinguishable, I don’t know what is. I enjoy the content here, every day, for free, as well. If they can pay for that content to remain free to me through posts like this, I’m all for it. It’s incredibly tasteful compared to what else is out there and it even offers a free game that I’m going to try.

      Grow up, and stop being a baby.

      “If there is an appropriate corporate email or physical address to which sending a more formal letter explaining my concerns might be helpful, please let me know.”

      Um, is the bottom of this page really that difficult to find. It doesn’t surprise me that someone so lazy also expects content to be delivered to them for free.

      • Gregor,

        Frankly, I was fishing for an address to get my concerns in front of the appropriate party for feedback on ad space/policy/site design. I’m genuinely not certain who that would be on this webpage, or if such a letter would have any effect…hence my request. In any case, I rather doubted the “feedback” email address at the bottom of the page was the most efficient or effective way to do that.

        This was a just quick, off-the-cuff remark I made yesterday afternoon, but I could have worded it better. You do bring up a good point – that email address would probably have been a better initial venue for my concerns than this comment section. Hindsight.

        I am not really sure where you have gotten the idea that I expect content to be delivered to me for free…I subscribe to three newspapers and quite a few periodicals and journals, both in print and online. I have no objection to paying for quality content, whether it is delivered to my home, behind a paywall, for a ad-free or reduced-ad version of a website. For that matter, I regularly donate to help defray server and hosting costs on several independent websites I visit – from blogs to webcomics to bulletin boards.

        I do not really see how that is relevant in this case, though…unless I am totally missing it, this page has no method to accept subscriptions or donations. Certainly, I have no objection to paying for the content produced here; it would be well worth it to me.

        What I do not (and likely never will) support is advertorials or “special advertising sections,” especially ones that are not clearly marked as such. We disagree on the clarity of this one. I found it to be potentially deceptive and not marked as a advertisement clearly enough; I felt strongly enough about this that I wanted to comment on it. I have a very high opinion of this blog and the kind of content I have come to expect to see on it. The method of delivery of this advertisement seemed very out of character and at odds with those observations and expectations. Perhaps my standards are simply too high, but the way this advertisement was included did not meet them.

        We clearly disagree on where that bar should be set, but it was not laziness or a sense of entitlement on my part that motivated my comment – just disappointment that a blog that I hold in such high esteem made an advertising/policy decision that lowered my regard for them…and the hope that expressing my concerns to the right person could help avoid such situations in the future.

        Have a great day.


        • If you need someone to explain how a website is able to remain free of subscription charges by doing stuff like this, I just don’t know what to tell you. It’s incredibly obvious that this is a sponsored post. I’m curious as to how you’d like them to better differentiate it as such.

          I also find it hard to believe your sensibilities were personally offended, rather than you saw the opportunity to be offended and took it.

  2. Finally… a writer who actually knows what they are talking about.

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