Ok, I admit the title is click bait. At the same time, I want to encourage that kind of thinking from you. You don't have to answer it here as it is more rhetorical. Now to what I was am making this post about. My two teams just finished their respective seasons. My CHL team in Buzzer finished 1st in the conference and will be promoting to the BHL. My Cage team in the GHL made it to the conference finals in spectacular fashion winning 4 games in a shootout in the process on a playoff run that lasted way longer than it really should have. The absurdity of the team winning one, let alone four, shootout is ridiculous when you look at my team's record for winning shootouts. This team, statistically, wins around 1/3rd of all games that go to a shootout so to win four is just amazing. That said the two teams couldn't have been any more different relative. The team in Buzzer I am building from within as I climb the leagues. This meant that this prior offseason I had quite a bit of cap space thanks to using a number of players on entry-level deals. I had decided to use the cap space to get the best overall players I could. What resulted was a team that dominated to the tune of a 66-2-3-9 record. It is the first time I have broken 200 points with a team. However, it was the most boring season I can recall ever experiencing. Genuinely. I didn't care to see the result of each game because most were blowouts. There wasn't anything to really learn either. Signing the best players, especially the last 3, was honestly a mistake. Sure my team won and is moving up to the next league but the prior seasons were more fun where my team was fighting it out with the other teams. The Cage team spent most of the season jumping anywhere from 3rd to 8th in the standings with the position changing pretty much every other day. It was amazing and I was very interested in finding out the result of each and every game. With about 20 games to go in the season, the champs from last season were only about 12 points behind me with my team in 8th place. To boot, around that time I lost a 1st line defender and 2nd line winger to injury. I also shuffled my lines about throughout the season trying to balance the play of my forward group as my first line was carrying my team early on during the season. I then made some tactical changes going into the playoffs. I don't know how much of a difference those changes made as I had to play through the first two rounds of the playoffs without those two players. Overall though, the season was quite entertaining for me. This team was the 21st ranked team in the GHL talent-wise and I managed to get it to finish 10th overall. This contrasting feeling I got from my two very different seasons made me ponder about the question I put as the title. Why do you play? What makes this game fun and has you coming back for more? Again rhetorical but I thought that I would give my own view. For me, it is the fun of competition and the ever-going challenge of team building. Without the competition though the game just turns into a boring waiting game for the next offseason where you make the most changes to your team. I don't ever want to have a season as I did with the Buzzer team again for that reason. Be careful to avoid focusing too much on winning to the point where the game stops being fun.