Statistics + injuries + trades = hockey pool time.
The second annual Morning Star/Officepools.com online hockey pool is now taking registrations.
“It’s free and it’s easy to enter,” said Morning Star publisher Ian Jensen. “Our first one last year was a huge success, very popular. We had about 600 entries and we expect that number to increase.”
If you think Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid will out-score Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, or if Brandon Sutter will light things up if he plays with the Sedin twins in Vancouver, go to www.vernonmorningstar.com and click on the “Contests” tab in the top-right corner of the home page.
Browse the contests for “The Morning Star Hockey Pool Contest,” click the link, sign up your team name and make your picks.
Entries must be registered by Wednesday.
You will be faced with 28 boxes. You pick one player from each box, and the last box has the seven Canadian NHL teams. You pick the team you think will end up with the most points in the regular season.
The winner will receive a flat screen TV, second place gets a recliner and third place wins a sound bar system, all courtesy of pool sponsor City Furniture.
Vernon’s John Kuly won the first pool in 2014-15, amassing 1,593 points.
There will also be prizes of $75 gift certificates from Wings Bar and Grill given to the weekly points leaders.
In all, there will be more than $3,500 in prizes up for grabs.
An added feature of the pool is a “Beat The Expert” component in which all people entered who have more points than Morning Star sports editor Kevin Mitchell will be entered into a draw for what Jensen terms “a fabulous prize.”
Mitchell finished in 232nd place a year ago.
“No comment. Don’t bother me, I’m studying the revamped Edmonton Oilers roster,” said Mitchell, perusing the latest Oilers’ media guide, when asked how 231 people managed to finish ahead of him.
There is a trading period in January where you can make three trades (picking a player from the same box to replace player you’re dropping).
Entrants must be 19 years of age. A participant may NOT create more than one profile. One entry per person, per e-mail address.
Employees of The Morning Star and Officepools.com and/or their immediate families are not eligible to participate in the pool.
Ties will be broken using the “most goals” tie-breaker. If still tied, the highest-ranked entry in the overall standings will be the winner. If still tied a random draw will determine the winner.