The National Fantasy Hockey League is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season. The first season occurred in 1994-95 with 11 participants and at the time no team names. In the inaugural season participants selected 16 players on a roster with no transactions, reserve rosters or salary cap with information calculated on spreadsheets and points reviewed by game summaries. Thankfully in 1995 Officepool.com was created and utilized for the 1995-1996 season and we have been a customer since. The NFHL has evolved based on the capabilities of Officepools and the Commissioner served on an online advisory committee for several seasons on how improvements could be made to the service. Since the first NFHL season the league expanded not only with additional participants but incorporated many changes. These included expanding active roster positions to adding transactions and eventually the Reserve Roster. The league at one time swelled to 67 participants and determined that logistically it was best to cap the league to 60 teams. Over the year team names and a four division format was created and the league adopted the 'Avco World Trophy' as it pseudo championship cup. The league website the NFHL Network was created that brought on team pages, logos with team history and awards. The NFHL also had a 'salary cap' before the NHL had one. (Yes we were ahead of our time). Also along the way the NFHL Draft Lottery was created then years later the Compensation Lottery. The two phase player selection added more depth to the leagues player selections yet it still allowed owners to not have to be involved in depth on a daily basis.
More importantly what made the NFHL continue in it's longevity was the owners that participated. Their feedback season to season and the continue dedication year after year made for a solid league foundation. After 25 years there are owners that logged significant years of participation. We encourage you to view the team pages to see the years that many owners have put in but below are those teams celebrating key anniversary years.