How do the Fantasy Hockey Playoffs work?

1. When do the fantasy hockey playoffs begin?

Fantasy hockey playoffs occur near the end of regular season play, just before the NHL playoffs begin. And when you win, commemorate your success with a the best Fantasy Hockey Trophy.


In fantasy hockey leagues where 6 or 8 teams qualify for the playoffs, there is typically a 3-week postseason tournament to determine the league champion. These playoffs span either Weeks 21, 22, and 23 or Weeks 22, 23, and 24.


For leagues with only 4 playoff teams, the postseason usually consists of a 2-week tournament that occurs during either Weeks 22 and 23 or Weeks 23 and 24.


2. How long is the NHL regular season?

The NHL regular season typically spans ~ 26 weeks. However, this can vary slightly from year to year due to scheduling factors such as breaks for events like the All-Star Game or the Winter Olympics.


3. Why doesn't the timing of the fantasy hockey playoffs align with the NHL playoffs? 

One reason is simply that if the fantasy hockey playoffs aligned exactly with the NHL playoffs, there would be no way to track the performance stats of the players on your roster whose teams didn't make the NHL playoffs. The essence of fantasy sports, including fantasy hockey, is to select individual players based on their performance, rather than entire teams.


4. Why do the fantasy hockey playoffs begin a few weeks before the last week of the regular season?

As teams vie for playoff positions and aim to keep their key players healthy and rested for the postseason, coaches may strategically rest players or reduce their playing time in certain games, particularly if their playoff berth is secure. This strategy is designed to minimize the risk of injuries and fatigue, enabling players to deliver peak performance when it counts the most during the playoffs. However, load management in the NHL tends to be more subtle and less overt compared to other leagues.


5. What is the best way to celebrate a Fantasy Hockey Championship win?

Winning is hard, so we believe it deserves celebration! TrophyTitan offers the ultimate prize: a fully custom Fantasy Hockey Trophy. This masterpiece showcases detailed player stats from both your and your opponent's lineups, along with league and team names, records, and the championship week matchup's total score. It's made from high-quality acrylic that ensures durability, and their Fantasy Football Trophy has received rave reviews.

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