The NFHL Network the official website of the National Fantasy Hockey League has updated its website to improve performance on mobile devices. The new menu options allow for easier touch access on those devices and still allows for a clean and flexible look on desktops devices.
The site also includes a new main menu page with access to News, Game Center and Team pages.
The National Fantasy Hockey League has released the first Power Rankings of the 2019-20 Season. The Power Ranking analyze a six week point performance trend and determine rankings on recent performance comparable to top teams. The league uses a percentage scale with any rating over 1.000 indicating that a team scoring at a top 10 team average.
The Palm Spring Playboys are the top power ranked team at a 1.047 rating a significant lead over the Amelia Island Iguanas and Macomb Marauders both with 1.025. The Playboys moved up from 8th to 3rd in the last two weeks while the Iguanas and Marauders both moved up three spots in the standings.
The NFHL standing leaders the Smith Falls Rideaus ranked fifth giving up point lead differentials to ten other teams within the last two weeks. To see all the NFHL Power Rankings visit the NFHL Game Center.
The Wissahickon Wolfpack defend their NFHL title with 50 teams vying for the Avco World Trophy. The season brings on some new challenges for the GM's with more roster spots available during Phase 1 of player selections and transaction limitations during the month of October.
The NFHL Division alignment has been set with two new team additions and minor team realignment. The Smythe and Adams Division will contain 12 teams while the Norris and Patrick contain 13 teams. Per team request the Pentanguishene Flying P's move from the Smythe to the Norris while the Houston Rattlesnakes take their place in the Smythe from the Patrick Division. The NFHL added two new franchises, the Regina Riders from Saskatchewan Canada that will play in the Patrick Division and the Parry Sound Oars from Ontario Canada that will play in the Adams Division.
This season the NFHL awards the top four overall positions with guaranteed prize pool funding. No guaranteed prize compensation for Division winners but improved odds in the new higher payout Compensation Lottery.
The National Fantasy Hockey League continues to strive to make improvements to our league in an order to challenge and engage our participants. With the feedback from owners in our February survey and additional recent feedback from ownership regarding proposals the Commissioners have focused on a few changes for the 2019-20 NFHL season including:
The league will expand the Phase 1 Reserve Roster selection to 5 players from the previous 3 players in the 2018-19 season. NFHL teams will select 23 Active Roster and 5 Reserve Roster players in Phase 1 with the remaining 10 Reserve Roster players being selected in Phase 2. This change will bring options for GM's to acquire additional veteran or upcoming players into their rosters as Phase 1 protected players.
The 'Entry Level' contract (EL) player selection will be simplified removing the 3 player per position maximum restriction on the Active Roster. GM's will now be able to select 5 EL players on the Active Roster with no player position restrictions. As in previous season there is no restrictions on EL players on the Reserve Roster.
The NFHL will expand the number of transactions in a season to 12 from the previous 10. Each NFHL team will accrue 1 transaction per week during the month of October up to a total of four with all remaining 8 transactions being available starting in November. (See official Rules for more details). Once a team acquires a transaction it can be utilized.
The NFHL will change the prize pool awards to guarantee the top 4 overall teams receive compensation. In addition Division winners will no longer be guaranteed prize pool funds however will receive improved odds to win the Compensation Lottery. The Compensation Lottery pool will have increased funds with the top 25 teams being eligible for the prize pool with odds increasing based on overall standings. This will assure the top teams are financially awarded on performance while still allowing 25 teams to be eligible for prize award.
For details regarding these changes please review the Rules and FAQ (Frequently Ask Questions) section of the website.
September 1, 2019 | NFHL Preliminary Salary List and Roster form released to registered owners
September 3, 2019 | Registration deadline for existing owners to have spot held
September 28, 2019 | NFHL Final Salary List released
September 30, 2019 | Phase 1 Roster deadline
October 2, 2019 | NFHL Season starts
October 7, 2019 | One (1) Phase 1 Roster players eligible to be activated
October 8, 2019 | Phase 2 (Reserve Roster) deadline
January 26, 2020 | NFHL GM Survey
April 6, 2019 | End of NFHL Season
April 2019 | NFHL Draft & Compensation Lottery
NFHL teams that will reach anniversary milestones during the 2019-20 season. List will be updated as teams register.
20th Anniversary Season (2000-2020)
15th Anniversary Season (2005-2020)
10th Anniversary Season (2010-2020)
Pentanguishene Flying P's
Red Deer Rebels
5th Anniversary Season (2015-2020)
Inaugural Season (2019-20)
Parry Sound Oars
The NHL Playoff Pool which began as a 10 participant draft style pool in 1984 has changed over the years as more participants from all over world now participate in the pool. For the last three playoff seasons the pool format had participants selecting 32 players with the top 30 players counting in the pool. For the 35th Anniversary season the participants will have some new challenges and strategies to consider as the playoff pool takes a twist for the 2019 NHL Playoffs.
This playoff season the format will include and 'Active' and 'Reserve Roster' as well as the ability to have 'Transactions' between playoff rounds. This new format incorporates some of the game play from the NFHL regular season pool and brings it in to the Playoff Pool system. Participants will be challenged on how to build the Reserve Roster with those players only making it to the second round bringing any value. The 2019 NHL Playoff Pool could be one of our most challenging formats yet.
For all the rule details and to register for the 2019 NHL Playoff Pool click the button below.