With the all-star game still fresh on our minds, we sat down and thought about different ways to group the creme de la creme. As the world’s greatest hockey retailer (c’mon, you know it’s true), we have brands constantly on our minds. So… we decided to make a dream team based off of the brands’ athletes; but we wanted to do more with it, so to be more accurate we created a brand fantasy line (C, RW, LW, D, D, G), and will make them a fantasy hockey league of sorts for the remainder of the season. We’ll be using Yahoo fantasy hockey as a basis for stat collecting and player positions.
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Honestly, it was really hard trying to put these lines together as we had to pass up a lot of superstars. Just a note: we didn’t choose players based on the potential chemistry or how feasible the team could play together. So here are the rosters:
Center – Jonathan Toews
Left Wing – Alex Ovechkin
Right Wing – Steven Stamkos
Defense – Victor Hedman *replacing the injured Kevin Shattenkirk*
Defense – Aaron Ekblad
Goalie – Devan Dubnyk *Line change on 2/3 because of injury to Henrik Lundqvist*
Wow. That Bauer line is just a powerhouse. This was one of the hardest brands to narrow down. I mean, how do you pass up Patrick Kane, Ryan Getzlaf, and a ridiculously long list of talent…
Center – Sidney Crosby
Left Wing – Pavel Datsyuk
Right Wing – Vladimir Tarasenko
Defense – Brent Burns
Defense – Dion Phaneuf* Replaced by Niklas Kronwall due to injury
Goalie – Carey Price
Center – Ryan Kesler
Left Wing – Zach Parise
Right Wing – Corey Perry
Defense – Drew Doughty
Defense – P.K. Subban
Goalie – Antti Raanta
This team gets a huge asterisk next to it for a couple reasons. The biggest of which is the goalie situation: Easton doesn’t make goalie gear… So we gave them a Brian’s goaltender, Antti Raanta, who is a solid backup goaltender. There are also a few other reasons…
Center – Paul Stastny
Left Wing – Bobby Ryan
Right Wing – Thomas Plekanec
Defense – Jacob Trouba
Defense – Stephane Robidas
Goalie – Craig Anderson
Sher-Wood has a solid team of Canadian players with a slight positional asterisk in there.
Center – Nicklas Backstrom
Left Wing – Henrik Zetterberg
Right Wing – Joe Pavelski
Defense – Erik Karlsson
Defense – Dustin Byfuglien
Goalie – Jonathan Quick
Warrior‘s squad also looks pretty deadly with a fair amount of Swedes.
We’ll begin recording the stats starting Thursday, January 29th and let it run for the rest of the season. Click here for updated stats and scoring categories. If any injuries arise, we’ll make changes accordingly.
What do you guys think of this idea? Comment below. Also remember to check out the NHL player page at IW.