It’s time to start boning up on your hockey knowledge, your Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers rosters, and which Canadian-based NHL team you think will end up with the most points.
Yes, The Morning Star has entered the world of hockey pools.
“We’re launching our first online hockey pool contest,” said publisher Ian Jensen.
“It’s open to everyone 19 and over, to hockey fans and non-hockey fans.”
Visit www.vernonmorningstar.com and click on the contests tab.
You will be taken to the website’s contests page where you then click on the hockey pool tab, and you’ll be directed to the site to register your team.
The pool consists of 26 boxes. You pick one player or team from each box to fill out your team’s roster.
Categories include forwards and defencemen, whose total points will be tallied. There are also boxes made up of players from only the Canucks, Flames and Oilers to choose from, and there’s also a box featuring the seven Canadian teams.
Pick the one you think will end up with the most points based on wins and losses.
Teams get two points for a win, one point for a shutout and you get a negative point if your team loses in regulation, overtime or in a shootout.
The grand prize to the winner is a big-screen television.
Second prize is a recliner and third prize is a sound bar for surround sound.
All three of the main prizes have been donated by City Furniture.
There will be weekly prizes for the top pointgetter of the week and there is also a special category in The Morning Star pool: Beat The Expert.
“This features our resident NHL expert, sports editor Kevin Mitchell, so everybody should have a good chance,” laughed Jensen.
All entries who end up with more points than Mitchell will be entered into a draw for a prize.
There will be three trades allowed per team during the NHL’s all-star break in January.
The entry deadline is 4 p.m., Oct. 8, which is the start of the NHL’s regular season.
Partial standings will be printed in each Wednesday edition of The Morning Star newspaper. Complete standings will be available online.
There is no fee to enter The Morning Star hockey pool.