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Established league has one spot available

The Original Online Hockey League has one opening for a knowledgeable hockey fan to take over ownership of a team. We're a classic rotisserie style league. There are no head-to-head matchups or daily/weekly decisions on who to play or who to bench. Instead, you're in the role of the GM.

The league standings are based on 8 stat categories and are posted weekly so you'll know who you're doing in each area. We have weekly online meetings where you can drop and add players. Injury replacements can be made at any at any time by mail; same with trades.

Like any GM, you'll have to deal with salary caps and players wanting raises every few years.

If you want, you can keep a small "AHL" squad of players not yet in the NHL but who you think will make it to the big time. If they do, you can promote them and keep them at low salaries initially. We have an Entry Draft in September for people who want to stock an AHL squad. Our regular season auction is held in October each year right after the NHL season opens. The current team is available because the owner didn't show up for the draft and hasn't responded to emails since then.

We're not one of those fly-by-night leagues that will fold up by mid-season. We had our first draft in 1987 and have been running non-stop ever since.

There's a fee, all of which goes to providing trophies to winners, but it's waived for first year owners. Think of it as a test drive.

Interested? Check the league web site at oohlhockey.com, where you'll find rosters, rules, etc., or contact me for more information. The available team is the Edmonton Bloodhounds. They did make the playoffs last year (7th overall out of 15 teams) and they're nowhere close to the salary cap, so it's not like you'd be inheriting the league chumps.

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