Dunno if I qualify or not, being a Dobber contributer and all, but this seemed like a fun idea and I wanted to throw my thoughts at it...
My submittion below is exactly 250 words (I had to trim 1) and I'm sure it needs editing somewhere by Brennan Ross or Rich Dillon... lol
If its good enough for a 2nd or 3rd place prize, please donate the prize to a 4th place submittion... (being a contributer I don't feel I need an audit used on myself, I'd rather a site member win as one of the perks of the site is gathering information on their own roster... That and I won my league last year and I have the consensus team to beat when the NHL resumes, I've purposely made my team less dominant, but more sustainable for the long haul, lately lol)...
My love for fantasy hockey started as ego battle with my school yard friends over, who had the most hockey knowledge, it was an opportunity and a regulated forum to prove my superiority (Or at least I hoped). But after a couple years, it didnít become good enough to just win, it grew to the higher challenge of winning with a younger team, or players that people didnít know.
Today this interest has grown beyond my ideals of competition, not only do I manage and commissioner an advanced league of my own, but I seek and attempt to add something the culture of those that manage a fantasy hockey team, or those that want get involved in the game. The past several years, outside of playing the game, Iíve worked to increase the knowledge of the managers in the game, not only about the current NHL players who play the game, but about the ones coming and the leagues outside the NHL, to help (in my own little way) grow the game of hockey itself.
At this point, winning is just bragging rights over not only those that you compete against, but others that havenít won their pools. The game itself brings fans together from so many different cultures, regions to one place to compete, discuss and share opinions within the sport.
I also have to admit , itís also fun to meet NHL players at events, and tell them how much they are helping or hindering my fantasy roster!
F: H Sedin, Plekanec, Kovalchuck, Perry, Cammalleri, Oshie, Stepan, Anisimov, Kunitz, Justin Williams, Little, Baertchi, Huberdeau, Olli Jokinen, Eberle, Rattie, Alfredsson
D: Boumeester, Green, Carlson, Vlasic, Del Zotto, Myers, Scandella
G: Niemi, Varlamov, Neuvirth, Harding, Ramo, Vasilevski