League Types
ESPN Fantasy Hockey offers four different league types for you to choose from. The four league types are: Standard, ESPN Custom, Prize-Eligible and League Manager. Each of these league types offer a rich and enjoyable experience for fantasy players of all levels of expertise. To assist you in choosing the best experience, we will provide a brief overview of each league type.

Standard: Prize-Eligible Prize-Eligible leagues are composed of teams that have been purchased. For a list of prices and prize eligibility requirements, click here. As the name implies, the winner of a Prize-Eligible league will win a prize. For a list of prizes , click here. Additionally, Prize-Eligible leagues are the only leagues that will award you points in the ESPN Uber Challenge game (Category A). For more information on ESPN Uber Challenge, click here. There is no limit to the number of Standard Prize-Eligible Leagues a participant can join or create.

Standard: Free Standard Free leagues are 8, 10 or 12-team, standard scoring leagues, which use fixed rule settings. Both Free Standard and Prize-Eligible games have two scoring formats available during league creation: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head: Each Category. These are the most commonly used scoring formats in fantasy hockey. Participants in ESPN Fantasy Hockey can create/join a maximum of 10 Standard Free Leagues.

The two formats are Rotisserie, or "Roto", and Head-to-Head (H2H). Roto is the most common way to play fantasy hockey. In this scoring type teams are ranked from first to last in each statistical category. Points are then awarded according to the order in each category, then totaled to determine an overall score and league rank. H2H Each Category allows you to select "X" number of statistical categories. For each scoring period, team totals are accumulated and a win, loss or tie is credited in each category based on the matchup results (i.e. 6-3-1 in a 10 category league). If selected, your league will have team schedules/playoffs and the option to set up divisions.

ESPN Custom: ESPN Custom league creators can choose customized rule settings. The league creator can choose from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game suited to their specific settings. The ESPN Custom game has a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options to suit your fantasy needs. Once the league is created, the league settings are locked and the creator will no longer be able to edit the settings. Participants in ESPN Fantasy Football can create/join a maximum of 10 ESPN Custom Leagues. If a participant also plays in Standard Free Leagues, the COMBINED total cannot exceed 10 (example: a team owner participates in four ESPN Standard Free leagues and six ESPN Custom Leagues).

NOTE: Participants in ESPN Fantasy Hockey can create/join a maximum of 10 free leagues. The COMBINED total free leagues cannot exceed 10. For example: a team owner participates in four ESPN Standard Free leagues and six ESPN Custom Leagues cannot create or join another free league.

League Manager: League Manager leagues use customized rule settings and are actively managed by a league manager for the entire season. The League Manager (LM) can choose from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game suited to their specific settings. Unlike ESPN Custom leagues, the settings never lock, allowing the League manager to adjust every aspect of the game all season long. In a League Manager league, the LM is the ultimate authority for that league. In the League Manager game there are five scoring formats: Rotisserie, Points-Based, and three types of Head-to-Head. In addition, there are a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options like Keepers to further tailor the league settings to suit your fantasy needs. The 10 team maximum cap also applies to LM teams (so it falls in the same category as ESPN Standard Free Leagues and ESPN Custom Leagues).

STANDARD LEAGUE SETTINGS (both Free Standard and Prize-Elligible Leagues)
All Standard leagues -- rotisserie (Roto) or head-to-head (H2H) -- use the following standard, unalterable scoring settings.

FHL LEAGUE BASICS (Both Roto and H2H)
RULES RULES
Season Starts: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Season Ends: Last Day of NHL regular Season (Week 25))
Teams in league: 8, 10, 12
Player universe: All NHL Players
Draft order: Randomized at draft
Lineups change: Daily -- individually at gametime
Roster locktime: Daily -- individually at gametime
Trade limit: None
Trade review period: 24 Hours
Roto acquisition limit: None
H2H acquisition limit: Avg 1/gameday per matchup
Waiver period: 1 Day
Waiver system: Move To Last After Claim, Never Reset Order
Position eligibility: Multiple possible, ESPN sets elgibility
Total Roster Size: 22 (17 starters, 5 bench)
(9) Forwards (F)
(5) Defensemen (D) (SG)
(2) Goalies (G)
(1) Utility (Util) - Any position
(5) Bench

The utility slots can be filled by any position (Forward or Defense) except Goalie.

Rotisserie Game Start Limits (total for position):
Each individual slot: 48 GS/season
Utility games played: 480 GS/season

Head-To-Head Acquisition Limits:
Acquisitions: 1/gameday per week (flexible)

FHL H2H LEAGUES ONLY