Wow! Thanks Matt! Check’s in the mail! Just kidding guys. I’m just a truck driver (drive big rig) and parked for the evening in West Knoxville TN as I write this. On my way to Broken Bow Nebraska in North Central part of the state with hospital supplies.
I became a hockey fan in 1972 I was 10 when my dad took our family to hockey at SCOPE in Norfolk VA. The barn was brand new and we had just gotten an AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, the Tidewater Wings. The game was locally televised and got a soucvenir puck yo yo with a Wings logo on it. We had players such as Gerry Hart, Serge Lajeunesse, Robbie Ftorek, Doug Roberts, Claude Houde. That year became a fan of Bobby Orr and the Big Bads from Boston. I was hooked. The next day, Teacher took that puck yoyo away from me because I couldn’t stop playing with it.
The first hockey board game I played was called Faceoff Hockey (1975) now known as Hockey Bones. Then strat hockey came in the late 70’s. In the late 80’s, a computer game called True Hockey by Jim Connell which was bought by APBA Hockey and I started and ran the CHL for several years before handing off. During this time, I met several great guys including one Rob Gallamore. Rob, his family and I got a chance to meet at a SF Giants game on a Thursday afternoon in August of 1992 at the old Candlestick Park. He had a video made of us calling one inning of play by play one for the Bud Light Fantasy Announcing and gave me a copy of it. That tape remains the single best momento I have ever been given!
So, after many years of not being in contact, I looked him up and wrote Rob to see if he knew of any openings of strat leagues. Whaddya know, here I am! Glad to be back in a league with you buddy!
I also mentioned to Rob a new (new to me) hockey game called 4th street hockey (4th-street-sports.com) that I have been playing with and REALLY LOVE. Was wondering if any of you have played it? Now the board game is a Gilligan Job (3 hour tour) but the computer version based on the board is a 30 minute or less ordeal (with commercials! just kidding again!).
You can sim seasons, has a great draft module and you can see the plays unfold on the ice and you can turn on the card option for individual matchup shooter/goalie matchup. The color coded goalie cards are unique!! I like the on ice assist by touches and you can set it to dole assists by rating on ice touches or a hybrid between the two. I simmed the 70-71 season and doing playoffs and posting on delphi forums.
The board game has been out since 09 and the computer since’15. You can download FREE demos from any of his sports titles in board (pdf format-2 teams) or cpu (two teams active) then, if you buy, $29.95 plus comes with one free season from his available seasons, if you buy two seasons, you get one free! His customer service is FANTASTIC.
Check out the you tube videos from Peter Miller, idjester, and by the owner himself, Bryan Aldrich. Now, there is no head to head netplay except in football. 3rd party software?? Missing a season? Player Creator function within the game so you can create your own seasons, players, teams, leagues. $29.95 and you don’t have to buy the game every year like strat! Season files downloads are $19.95-24.95. No, I am not on his payroll. I just BELIEVE IN HIS PRODUCTS!! I have three of his sports waiting on bkb to come out on computer. Thanks for reading. See you at the draft!