RULES: INTRODUCTION

WHAT ARE FANTASY GAMES?
Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to own a professional sports team? Fantasy games are a way to live out that dream. And, to make things easier, all fantasy games are fundamentally the same -- real athletes and their real-life performances are used to generate points for fantasy teams in fantasy leagues.

For example, in a traditional fantasy league, there is a set number of team owners. There are a set of rules that determine everything from team roster size to scoring method and schedule. You and your fellow team owners hold a draft to fill your fantasy roster with real-life players, from Justin Abdelkader to Danius Zubrus.

Throughout the season, you will set your lineup based on how well you think your players will perform. The statistics your positional players generate in their real games are collected, and fantasy points are awarded based on these numbers. The better your players perform, the more fantasy points accrue for your fantasy team.

Ultimately, these points determine a winner in seasonal leagues. The team that accumulates the most points (or points-based wins) over the season or prevails in the postseason is declared the league winner. With the league championship comes the glory to boast about it until the next season rolls around, at which point the other teams can smell sweet revenge.


WHAT IS ESPN FANTASY HOCKEY?
Welcome to the world of fantasy hockey -- ESPN Style! ESPN.com Fantasy Hockey 2010 is the closest thing you can find to buying your own professional franchise and becoming the team's coach, owner and president. All decisions are yours to make. And lucky for you, hockey is a game filled with unbiased player performance statistics. By using these statistics, you have everything you need to understand which players are performing well and which ones are not.

All season long, you make all team manager decisions on who will help your team and who will hurt it. For example, do you take a chance on a hot rookie like John Tavares or do you lean on a tried and true, but aging, veteran like Chris Pronger?

So, there are 82 NHL games per team, peppered with amazing goals, jaw-dropping saves, dramatic power plays, fistfights and penalty shots (you get the idea), ESPN real-time stats are yours to plunder and uncover patterns in player performances that would make Lou Lamoriello proud!

Once you join a league, you and your fellow team owners are supplied with all of the necessary tools: Multiple draft methods, live box scores, waivers, trades, free agency, custom player updates, a commissioner, league bulletin boards, sortable stats for all players and more. ESPN provides you with everything needed to build the best possible hockey team. So relax and let the fun begin! Whether you're a newbie or veteran, fantasy hockey fame, glory and bragging rights are just a few clicks away!


WHAT'S NEW FOR 2010?

  • New Live Draft Application: For both Snake and Auction drafts! The new Flash-based app has improved displays, expanded stats and more stability.
  • Watch List: The most requested feature in our feedback forums. You now have the ability to track, or "watch", players not on your own team.
  • Charts in player cards: (Coming Soon) This new tab gives you graphical representation of a player performance over the course of the season.
  • Head to Head Acquisition Limits: This season the system enforces a maximum number of acquisitions allowed per head-to-head matchup.
  • 2009 Champion and ESPN Insider Leagues: These new league settings only allows members who qualify to join them.