Category Archives: Tourney


Lock In Your Bets: Is “Cup Crazy” The NHL’s Attempt at March Madness?

Coming out of the 2012-2013 NHL Lockout, the league implemented a variety of changes. Things like boring salary cap and revenue stuff, uniform regulations, and increased injury protocols. But the biggest change was that to the conference and division alignment, as well as the playoff system that would take effect in the 2013-14 season. That is, the move to a bracket system.

While there was never anything wrong with playoff hockey before, it was still pretty complicated with reseedings and whatnot. Ever try to run an office pool? Pretty well lasts 2 weeks of the first round and everyone is toast. But now things are different and lot like March Madness, but you get to start at the Sweet 16.

Teams stay in their division until the conference finals to build rivalries! Which is fair. The best rivalries in the league come from the playoffs: San Jose – Los Angeles, Chicago – Vancouver, Boston – Montreal, Philadelphia – Pittsburgh.

This change had primarily been overlooked. Mainly because it wasn’t yet totally relevant as it took over a year to really take effect.

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What better way to celebrate summer than to play Hockey?

Have you been to any of the NCHL draft tournaments? The next one coming up is in May at Canmore. Canmore is followed by a Seattle-area tournament in June. The draft tournaments are one of the most unique hockey experiences you will have. Once you try one, you’ll want to sign up for all of them.  Watch the video and check out the draft tournament web page here to get more info and to register.


Canmore May Long Draft Tourney is Open for Registration

Well everyone has been waiting for this…
The May Long Weekend Tradition Continues!
Canmore 2014 – May 16-18th

If you have been then you know how awesome this tournament is. If you have never been, once you come to one you’ll never want to miss another one.  Canmore sells out very quickly so if you’re interested don’t waste any time.  You can register here: