Apr 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell (16), right wing Martin St. Louis (26) and center Steven Stamkos (91) talk against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Fantasy Hockey

Not many people know that I’m an addict. I can’t get enough of what I need, and often I’m online in the early hours of the morning looking for a fix.

The frustrating thing is that the people I’m used to doing business with don’t want to give me what I desire, even though I’m willing to pay a reasonable price to get it.

Fantasy hockey is definitely my addiction when the Bolts are not on the ice. I participate in a one-year league as well as a lifetime league. The cool thing is that fantasy hockey is a great way to learn more about the dynamics of ownership in the National Hockey League as well as how to negotiate with other owners relative to trades, drafts, and free agent acquisitions.

It just bugs me that when I’m perusing other team’s rosters at 2 o’clock in the morning and IM’ing owners looking for a particular winger or goalie, they always want a player in return that I’m not willing to give up…cheaply anyway.

And I’m not sure how he pulled this off, but my son has Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis on his roster. He finished in second place this season and I was, well, slightly lower in the standings.

If you think you might like fantasy hockey, get yourself involved in a well-managed league. There are plenty of them around, some better than others. I particularly like Triple Play Fantasy Sports, www.tpfs.com, because the owner takes a personal interest in customer satisfaction.

So when the Bolts aren’t on the ice and you can’t satisfy that hockey hunger anywhere else, get your own fantasy hockey team and have some fun.

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