|The DobberHockey Hall of Fame||Tweet|
|Written by Dobber|
|Tuesday, 07 September 2010 19:52|
DobberHockey Hall of Fame - class of 2012 - welcomes four new members: Peter Belanger, Ryan Ma, Peter Hadley and Troy Williams.
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. As well, since 2007 DobberHockey has opened up the annual Expert League Challenge to the entire community, eventually expanding to three tiers of competitors in which anyone can join. 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 consists of 12 or 13 teams controlled by DobberHockey writers plus the winners of the two Pro Tier divisions. The Pro Tier consists 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 moves up to the Expert for one season's chance at glory. The bottom two finishers slip down to the Entry Tier. The Entry Tier consists of four divisions of 15 teams made up of the aforementioned Pro demotions, Entry retainees, along with a random draw to fill the other 52 spots. Hundreds of people submit their names every year to win one of those 56 spots. Only first in the division moves on, while second in the division wins the right to play another year. The rest of the Entry division gets eliminated.
This is not a keeper league, these are standard rotisserie rules. To get to face-off against myself (Dobber) and the rest of the crew, you must:
1. Get lucky enough to have your name drawn as one of the 52
2. Win your Entry division and move up to the Pro
3. Win your Pro division and move up to the Expert and face the big guns. You get one shot. One season. If you don't win or come in second, you go back to the Pro Tier. To get your next shot you'll have to win again. If you get demoted to the Entry Tier and lose there, you're out.
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. Nearly 200 (as of mid-2012) members have topped 1000 posts (and seven 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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Expert -Ryan "Wild West" Ma
Pro - Jake "smack" Schenkman, Steven "mabus" Strawson
Entry - Brent Shantz, Steve Woodhall, Jamie Herron, Geoff Henwood-Greer
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
Expert -Jason "Frozen Pool" Arbuthnot
Pro -Francois "Chicleteur" Gaucher, Scott "Sin Bin" Parker
Entry -Peter Hadley, Mike Amadori, Steven Strawson, Philippe Raymond
Expert - Eric "Fantasy Frog" Maltais
Pro -John "Youth Injection" Ireton
Entry -Morgan "jobbers" Rooney
Expert - Russ "the Comish" Miller
Pro - Ben "Repent Tokyo" Hunting
Entry - Rich "rattus rattus" Lalonde
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