Dobber Hockey's own Dallas Guzzwell shares his journey to the Draft Street Hockey Championship
I hope you don’t mind if I share my exciting news with all of you but I couldn’t think of a better place where people would relate to my recent fantasy hockey journey.
When I started playing fantasy hockey six years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I believe it would lead to something so special. I remember reluctantly joining a fantasy league six years ago as a way to banter with a group of friends while being connected to the sport that we all love so much. Eventually the competitive fire kicked in and while trying to get an edge in my league I ended up at Dobberhockey – and 3,500 posts later I found myself as a writer for the site.
And now, somehow, my fantasy hockey travels have led me to the Draft Street Hockey Championship Final next week, with a chance to win $12,000. After playing (username dallasg11) most of the Draft Street Hockey Championship satellite qualifiers over the past two months, some good luck combined with the usual obsessing over statistics and player trends led to the right combinations of players. Believe it or not, I didn’t get lucky just once, I got lucky twice. I managed to win two satellites and now hold two of the 20 championship seats and a decent chance at a nice payday.
The Championship is broken down into a two day preliminary this Monday and Tuesday. The top 10 entries then advance to the Final on Thursday. I won’t lie, I’m feeling nervous, and in true Dobberhockey fashion I am going to ask all of you for some advice. Do I put two similar line ups in the preliminary or create two very different line-ups? My goal is to advance at least one entry to the Final on Thursday, and I don’t want to get too greedy.
Any advice would be appreciated, but please forgive me for not sharing any winnings if I get lucky. Those will be going towards the bathroom renovation to appease my wife for supporting and putting up with my fantasy hockey addiction.
Dallas is a fantasy hockey writer for Dobber Hockey. You can follow him @dallasg_11