Roto Hockey Hall of Fame

 

DobberHockey Hall of Fame - class of 2013 - welcomes four new members: Gates Imbeau, Jake Schenkman, Brendan Ross and Joel Stainer.

 

DobberHockey launched in November of 2005 and the forum launched in late February of 2007. Since then, the community has exploded and now thousands of members contribute and help each other through some difficult decisions - or merely engage in friendly banter. It is here where we will enshrine the best of the best. In all aspects of DobberHockey.com...

 

 

Background - DobberHockey Three-Tiered Invitational


The Expert League consisted of 12 to 16 teams controlled by DobberHockey writers plus the winners of the two Pro Tier divisions. The Pro Tier consisted of two divisions of 12 that were initially filled with popular members of the forum, but are slowly being infiltrated by the best of the rest. The top performer in each Pro division moved up to the Expert for one season's chance at glory. The bottom two finishers would slip down to the Entry Tier. The Entry Tier consisted of four divisions of 15 teams made up of the aforementioned Pro demotions, Entry retainees, along with a random draw filled the other 52 spots. Only first in the division moved on, while second in the division won the right to play another year. The rest of the Entry division got eliminated.

 

This format has since been dismantled due to time constraints, though the Pro and Expert tiers continue on under different managment (and without Dobber or Jeff Angus).

 

 

Background - DobberHockey Forum

 

DobberHockey 2.0 was a php Nuke design that allowed for commenting. Once the current DobberHockey was launched with a forum, those commenters migrated to there. Hall-of-Famer Shoeless has been a leader in the forum, with both his advice and his courtesy. But he's not the only one. Over 225 (as of mid-2013) members have topped 1000 posts (and 14 with over 10,000 posts), all the while keeping the forum a helpful and friendly place to congregate. We could easily add 200 people to this HoF, but will instead try our very best to somehow narrow the list to four people per year.

 


DobberHockey Hall of Fame

 


Builder's Category

 

2013 - Gates Imbeau - In the middle of 2008, Imbeau joined the community. By the end of 2008, I was wondering - who is this guy? You see, Imbeau isn't one to sit back and relax. Like me, he has OCD when it comes to fantasy hockey. He seized control of the forum (whether I liked it or not) and spurred the creation of several features on this site, not the least of which is the "Black Aces" program. That program has graduated several writer-hopefuls into full-blown DobberHockey columnists (a list of them can be found via the above link - too many to list here!). True to form, Imbeau elbowed his way into a management role with Dobber Sports, helping to organize the unorganizable, as well as recruiting and tracking a long list of contributors across all the Dobber brands.


2012 - Peter Belanger - DobberHockey began as a webpage given free from the Internet service provider. It was powered by MS Front Page. Then Micah Williams from hockeytraderumors.com set it up as php Nuke, allowing readers to comment on posts and articles. Belanger, an early reader, jumped in and offered to design icons/buttoms for each article category - Ramblings, The Wild West (Jeff Angus wrote at the time), Third Degree Burns, Bugg Bytes, Dobber's Take and Sticks and Stones. Then, a few months later, Belanger wanted to be more aggressive. He wanted to design a Joomla Template and use DobberHockey as his guinea pig. The template he created is much of what you see before you today - the color scheme, the layout, the organization...and - the logo. Yes, making the cartoon using my profile, wearing shades, pointing at you, was the brainchild of Belanger.


2011 - Jeff Angus - Where would we, as fantasy owners, be without him? Probably a lot dumber, fantasy-hockey-wise. And where would DobberHockey be without him? The reputation and level of respect that this site carries is certainly much higher thanks to Mr. Angus. His frequent columns (Angus Unleashed) are must-reads and his over 10,000 posts in the forum are proof of how many fantasy owners he has personally helped. Add in the fact that all 10,000+ posts are respectful and well thought out and there really is no contest for this year's Builder entrant. Oh, and did I mention that his exploits have landed him the gig as website manager and the Ramblings writer three times per week?


2010 - Rick "Shoeless" Wakeman - Even if you don't look at the 17,000-plus posts that he has contribued to the forum, or the fact that every one of them is polite, patient and helpful...Shoeless is hands down the first entrant into the Hall of Fame. You see - he put the "Three Tiers" in "Three-Tiered Invitational". He pushed to have this open up due to the demand he observed in the forum and then he took on the running and moderation of some of the Entry divisions.

 


Player's Category

 

2013 - Jake "Smack" Schenkman - Schenkman is a longtime Dobber Forum member, signing up in mid-2007, which makes him one of the first 1000 people to join. He's since posted over 5000 times. And if you wonder about his fantasy hockey knowledge, wonder no longer. Schenkman won his Pro Tier division in 2012 against some of the best that the Dobber community has to offer. Then he won the Expert's League - becoming the first non-writer to do so - in 2013, beating the likes of...well, me. But he also beat Jeff Angus and every other writer on the site.


2012 - Peter "Lord of the Rinks" Hadley - Hadley didn't take long to earn his way into the Expert's tier of the annual DobberHockey roto-tournament. After his Entry tier team won the division in 2010, Hadley played in the Pro tier in 2011 - and won again. Then he stepped up against the Expert's in 2012, but fell just short - finishing second. That's good enough to remain in that upper tier another season. It's also good enough to scare the hell out of us.


2011 - Jason "Frozen Pool" Arbuthnot - Back-to-back jacks. No big deal. It was only against the EXPERTS. Arbuthnot proves that the Frozen Pool tool is the real deal - not by bragging, but by winning. By handing us our asses - myself, Angus, and over a dozen other so-called "experts" - on a platter for two consecutive seasons. If that's not a sales pitch for Frozen Pool, I don't know what is!


2010 - John "Youth Injection" Ireton - The first person to earn his way to the Expert League starting from the bottom...and certainly not the last. John finished second in the Entry division in 2008, back when there was just the one division. He then moved up to the Pro Tier and won that one. He then went on to finish fifth in the Expert Tier the following year.

 

 

Presidential Inductees

 

2013 - Brendan Ross - Known as "Dean Youngblood" in the forum, Ross's passion for fantasy hockey is unquestioned. He has over 11,000 posts and worked his way up to writing a weekly prospect column on DobberHockey. He was then promoted to co-manager of the newly-launched DobberProspects website and within a year became the managing editor of a site that now exceeds 200,000 page views per month. And his dedication is unflagging. The guy doesn't wear out, he just keeps churning out the prospects gold.


2012 - Ryan Ma - In March of 2008, Ryan Ma came on board with a regular column, and when The Wild West writer, Jake Status, moved onto DobberBaseball Ma took that on - and became a DobberHockey staple. For four years Ma wrote The Wild West, rarely missing a week and almost always pouring his heart into tons of research and over 2000 words of writing per article. He has left big shoes to fill, as he recently had to step down into a bi-weekly role (writing Maasquito Bites). Any thoughts of Ma perhaps not knowing his stuff were put to rest in April of 2012 when he won the DobberHockey Expert's Tier.


2011 - Matthew Bugg - The second writer to ever join the DobberHockey crew, Bugg immediately made a huge impact on the fantasy hockey industry with his uncanny insight on prospects in his Bugg Bytes column. He co-penned the first three Fantasy Prospects Reports and continues to give us the insight and Mock Draft on all the draft eligibles. His skills have not gone unnoticed as he has since landed a scouting gig with McKeens.


2010 - Russ "The Comish" Miller - Not only was Miller the first winner of the Expert League, but in Year 2 he finished second by 2.5 points. Besides the greatness within the game, Miller has shouldered much of the workload in the running of all three Tiers, from setting up the draft, to doing thorough write-ups to update the rest of the community. Miller, a senior writer at DobberHockey who pens Eastern Edge, has been the man who makes everything tick.

 

 

Forum Inductees

 

2013 - Joel "Doulos" Stainer - Around from the beginning. Just like "Zorro" below, Stainer joined the community before the new forum was even launched, so his official "sign up" date was February 27, 2007. As he closes in on 11,000 posts, thousands in the community are thankful for his help and advice. And of course - his patience. What's significant about December 8, 2010? Why, that's the date that Doulos gave his first - and only - negative Rep to another user. Now that, my friends, is patience.


2012 - Troy "Zorro" Williams - February 27, 2007 was the day that the Joomla-based DobberHockey was launched and the commenting system was replaced by a Forum. It was also the day that "Zorro" was born. The man with the flaming "Z" for an icon, who was here from the start, sits ninth in total posts - creeping very close to the 10,000 mark. If you look through his posts to try to find something negative or spiteful, good luck to you. You won't find any. Zorro is a respectful and courteous member of the DobberHockey community - and that makes him one of the most respected members in the DobberHockey community.


2011 -Jason "fungchen3" Collado - July 30, 2008 was a big day for DobberHockey. Because Ville Koistinen was awarded $700,000 in arbitration? Nope. Because Mark Parrish was bought out by the Wild? Nope. Because Collado joined DobberHockey? You got it! Nearly 7000 helpful and classy posts later, the name "fungchen" was typed in by many as their pick for the first Hall-of-Fame forum induction. It sometimes can be difficult to take the high road in a huge online community - especially with 5.5 posts per day - but fungchen3 consistently does so. Just one of his last 70 Reps that he gave to others was a negative one and every one of those 70 had a comment attached. He sets the standard, no question.

 


Invitational - Past Winners:


2013

Expert - Jake "smack" Schenkman
Pro - Steve Woodhall, Francois "Chicleteur" Gaucher

Entry - Simon Castonguay, Chris "ccsitdown" Clarke, Brandon "Horrorfan" Nihmey, Nick "Savages" Aumont

 

2012

Expert -Ryan "Wild West" Ma

Pro - Jake "smack" Schenkman, Steven "mabus" Strawson

Entry - Brent Shantz, Steve Woodhall, Jamie Herron, Geoff Henwood-Greer



2011

Expert -Jason "Frozen Pool" Arbuthnot

Pro - Russ "The Comish" Miller, Peter "Lord of the Rinks" Hadley

Entry - Gregory Churchill, Teemu Kajava, Dave Romaine, Rick Pangman

 

2010

Expert -Jason "Frozen Pool" Arbuthnot

Pro -Francois "Chicleteur" Gaucher, Scott "Sin Bin" Parker

Entry -Peter Hadley, Mike Amadori, Steven Strawson, Philippe Raymond

 

2009

Expert - Eric "Fantasy Frog" Maltais

Pro -John "Youth Injection" Ireton

Entry -Morgan "jobbers" Rooney

 

2008

Expert - Russ "the Comish" Miller

Pro - Ben "Repent Tokyo" Hunting

Entry - Rich "rattus rattus" Lalonde

 


 


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agentzero said:

agentzero
Congratulations to this year's class! Well done new entrants! Thank you for your work on the site and in the forums. I know it has helped me win a lot more.

Thanks again,

az
September 16, 2013
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Rad64 said:

Rad64
... Congrats, guys. Stellar group this season!
September 13, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Big Congrats! Another incredible group of guys for 2013!
Great work and I know I've soaked valuable fantasy hockey information from all of you at least a few times each!
Thanks & congrats!!!
September 13, 2013
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Congrats to all! Not much else to say - their induction says it all.
September 06, 2012
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
... Wow it's an honor to be inducted to the DHHOF!

Congrats to the others as the induction class of 2012! Job well done and deserved.
September 05, 2012
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GMGates said:

GMGates
... No complaints with the class of 2012! All great selections. Congrats!
September 05, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... Congrats class of 2012! All are much deserved!
September 05, 2012
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Dr. Strangepork said:

Dr. Strangepork
... How do I submit myself for the Entry league draw?
September 05, 2012
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LordoftheRinks said:

LordoftheRinks
Thank you! Thank you - it is quite the honor to be associated with the most informative, insightful and passionate community in all of fantasy hockey. Congratulations to all!
September 05, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Congrats Ryan Ma has always been one of my very favourite writers on the website. His mix of hockey skill valuations combined with statistical understanding is unrivaled. Absolutely, positively my favourite pieces to read here have been written by Ma. Zorro is an incredible forum member - perfect blend of hockey knowledge, sincerity, helpfulness, with a little pinch of snarkiness mixed in every once in a while. Two great great inductees. Congrats to Peter & Peter as well!
September 05, 2012
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Tim Lucarelli said:

duballstar014
Congrats Congrats fungchen! well deserved!
September 21, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Congrats fungchen! Awesome job, man!
Deserving all the way. I love reading all of your fantasy hockey advice. You make us all smarter and you do it with class! Big thumbs up to you!!! smilies/wink.gif
September 21, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Fine choices for the DHHOF Congrats to the 2011 inductees = deserving one and all. Recognizing you for your contributions is the right thing to do. Thanks for all you have contributed - I know there is more to come.

Shoeless
September 20, 2011
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Chandan Singh said:

csingh
... congrats guys! esp angus, youve put a ton into this site/community
September 20, 2011
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angelofharlem said:

angelofharlem
... Congrats to all the worthy recipients! Thanks for helping make this the best site on the net.
September 20, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

September 09, 2010
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
An honor - thanks Typical - shoeless but never speechless, but this has me close.

What a terrific honor for me. Particularly terrific when you consider the tremendous depth and quality of users on this site - that certainly brings a load to the honor to my mind.

As in all things, one never does stuff alone and in the case of the entry leagues, Comish, Doulos, Chinny and Mabus are sharing this with me. They all pulled hard to make the league happen.

Congrats to John and Russ. Well deserved. Russ being an initial DHHofF inductee is so right on so many levels. He's the man!
September 08, 2010
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
maybe I should learn to spell 'privilege' smilies/wink.gif
September 08, 2010
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john ireton said:

johnir
... thx dobb for mentioning me, quite an honour to be part of the hall of fame, hope to give it a good run this year. i have learned from my mistakes...never trade ovechkin or backstrom in a deal...sigh.
September 08, 2010
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
it is an honour and a privelege to be included on this roll call of glory smilies/smiley.gif
September 08, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Congrats guys!
This column is posted permanently in the "other features" section and I will be enshrining three new members every year.
September 08, 2010
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Darryl Atkinson said:

habsrule
Pick me for your invitational Dobber, 20+ years of rotisserie hockey, I can give you guys a run, pick me. Joined a keeper pool online through your site two years ago, won both years. I do stats for a rotisserie pool active since 1990, and am well versed in everything NHL...
September 08, 2010
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Chris Read said:

Killer67
... Pick Me Dobber!!!! I've been training my whole life for this moment!!!smilies/cool.gif
September 08, 2010
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GMGates said:

GMGates
... Awesome stuff guys!

Congrats to all!
September 07, 2010
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finnys_fanatsy said:

September 07, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Just saw in the forum you revealing that it was you! smilies/grin.gif
September 07, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Scott - I'm waiting on the identification of the winner "Woodbridge..."

This is why I want people to use their forum names when they compete!
September 07, 2010
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Luke said:

dearyou
... how do I enter the draw??
September 07, 2010
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Scott Parker said:

Sin Bin
... Why is there only one winner listed from the Pro division when there are 2?
September 07, 2010
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