jdonutken reacted to Kyle123 in The Goderich Great Lakers Story: From Saints to Ghosts
Our story begins like any other story, with an eccentric millionaire driving lazily southbound through the Canadian Shield. Kyle Diplock was heading home from his trip to British Columbia, back to his native town of Goderich, Ontario. He was nearing the town of Sault Ste Marie, around dusk, when he saw a roadside advertisement.
IHL Regular Season 11: Game 30
SAULT STE MARIE SAINTS
NORTH SYDNEY BISONS
10:00pm, SSM Arena, $15 a ticket
“Why not?” Kyle thought to himself, “I’m getting tired of driving and a hockey game could be a great way to unwind.”
He was wrong...
The puck dropped with a resounding clash of sticks. The Saints won the faceoff and got off two shots on goal in the blink of an eye. The Bisons fought back with two shots of their own, but the Saints quickly countered. Caroll wrestled the puck off of an opposing winger, passed it to a streaking Larimer, who dropped it just at the tip of the circle for a blast from Laurent Villa… The noise! The crowd of five thousand exploded! The horn! An echoing boat horn, reminiscent of the giant steel tankers that float through the great lakes. The cele! Villa hammed it up for the crowd, pretending his gun was a rifle. He pointed at Kyle and shot.
Kyle’s ears were pulsing with more than just the vibrations of permanent hearing loss. He was hooked! Addicted! This rush was cocaine on steroids. He needed more! A minute later the Saints scored again! Thirty seconds after that, the lamp was lit once more!
The period would end with the Saints up 6-1 over the Bisons. This is how hockey managers are born!
Kyle woke up in his Marriot hotel room the next morning and knew what he had to do. He remembered nothing of what happened after the game, just that he needed to go back and talk to the owner of the Saints, to try and convince them to sell him the team. After a quick bite to eat, he headed downtown. Shortly thereafter, he showed up at the front entrance to Sault Ste Marie Arena, and asked to speak to the team’s owner. The ticket-ripper replied with a quizzical look, “owner? There is no owner.”
“What do you mean? How can a team not have an owner? Who pays for all this?”
The ticket ripper merely shrugged, “I dunno, go ask the janitor.”
Waiving off any further questions from the confused millionaire, he motioned Kyle inside.
The inside of the arena was dimly lit. A slight chill was in the air. Kyle shivered. Walking through the empty halls, he called out to no answer. The offices were empty and unfurnished. The concessions were empty. It seemed like no other living soul was in this building except him. It was a stark contrast to the previous night. When he had gone roughly halfway around the arena, Kyle poked his head into the forum. There in the stands, on the other side of the rink, was a scruffy-looking janitor, pushing papers.
“Hey!” Kyle shouted, annoyed, “why didn’t you answer when I called out!?”
The old, scruffy-looking janitor raised his brow at the commotion, shook his head gently with a slight, playful smile, and replied earnestly, “didn’t hear ya!”
“Didn’t hear me, my left nut!” retorted Kyle, walking over, “I’ve been shouting for the last ten minutes!”
The old man placed his broomstick on his shoulder, spread both hands and shrugged his shoulders empathetically. “Awful sorry ‘bout that, but how can I help you?”
“I’ve come to talk to the owner.”
“Is that so?” the janitor pondered with a twinkle in his eye, “well, there is no owner.”
Exacerbated at this point, Kyle started getting angry, “Now listen here! A hockey team can’t exist without an owner. Travel needs to be arranged, contracts need to be signed, players need to be man-”
“And what would you know about all that?” the janitor interrupted.
“What? Well, nothing to tell you the truth. I was here for the game last night, on my way home to Goderich, and I came here today to ask the owner if I could buy their tea-”
The old man, listening to Kyle ramble on abruptly raised his hand. “Come with me,” he said, “there’s something I want to show you.”
The pair walked back towards the offices, and Kyle noticed a room with a desk and two chairs that he swore had not been there before. The scruffy-looking janitor sat down behind the desk, opened a drawer, pulled out a large binder, and proceeded to drag a finger down a page. “Let’s see, let’s see,” he droned seriously, “oh yes, the Sault Ste Marie Saints. Originally owned by Dave Calloway, in the early days of the GPHL. They were the Joshua Tree Paladins then; a team of middling success. After six years Dave left, and I’ve been taking care of the team ever since. First we moved to Needles Road, then finally came here to Sault Ste Marie.”
Kyle’s eyes widened, “wait! So you are the owner?!”
“No no,” drawled the janitor, “I’m simply a caretaker. I just look after the teams when there’s no one to look after them.”
“Teams?” Kyle asked, emphasizing the plural.
“That’s right,” replied the janitor, smiling. Placing his elbows on the table, and steepling his fingers together, he asked, “now, tell me again, please. What are your plans for the Sault Ste Marie Saints?”
“Well I…” Kyle hesitated, not really sure who he was talking to, or how to address him, “I was hoping to bring them to Goderich. The game last night enchanted me, and I want to own and run the team.”
“Done? What do you mean done?” exclaimed Kyle, astonished.
“Exactly that,” the old janitor smiled and marked the binder, “The Sault Ste Marie Saints are yours. The coaches and scouting staff will stay on, I think you’ll find they do a good job. You need to honour the player’s contracts, but personnel changes and lineup decisions are your responsibility now. The team is heading to Barrows tomorrow to play the Beerfielders, then the players will take a charter back to Goderich, and play there from now on.”
“W-Wait!” Kyle spluttered, “but where will they all live?”
“You don’t need to worry about that,” the old man laughed.
Kyle went on, “but our arena can only seat about two hundred people! It wasn’t designed for a GPHL team. We’ll need time for renovations!”
“I think you’ll find it more than accommodating when you get home,” the janitor said, eyes laughing. “All I need from you, in return, is a credit card and a $4 monthly fee.”
“Surely, you can’t be serious!” Kyle exclaimed.
“I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley,” the janitor smiled.
Kyle quickly signed over his credit card information, the two shook hands, and then they sat there awkwardly for a few moments. “There’s something I want to give you, a present, if you’d like,” the janitor said earnestly. Without waiting for an answer, he reached into another drawer and pulled out a large book, with a long title. Kyle reached for the book, spun it around and read the title aloud, “'The Game Plan Hockey Book For Managers Who Can’t Hockey Good and Who Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too,' by Rasputin, Schozen, Jono, Szabo, Csizmadia, and Zinn. Thanks!” Kyle exclaimed. “By the way, I didn’t get your na-”
Kyle looked up, but the seat across the desk was empty. He hadn’t heard anything. No one had gone around him. The only door was behind him. The janitor was gone. Vanished, like a ghost.
“I just thought of a great team name,” thought Kyle.
jdonutken reacted to zinnyzxx in Mistakes & the Curse - The Bellmore Golden Flyers Story
After spending seasons 4-10 in the GHL, the Golden Flyers looked to switch things up. It was no longer considered a success to stay alive in the GHL and have quick playoff exits. After all, in those 7 seasons, they made 6 playoff appearances. 4 of those 6 they were bounced in the first round; the other 2 were 2nd round exits.
Looking to switch things up, the fearless and sometimes stupid manager Zac Zinn made many moves in the offseason between seasons 10 & 11. Every addition was meant for speed, as they switched offensive tactics to fit a speedy and skilled team. They drafted Erkki Kaila, a highly skilled sniper as well as bringing in Jan Kosir, a reliable 1/2c who could play sniper, playmaker, or two way game. Ugo Branson, a young talented playmaker, Elliot Page, a safe 3c, and Bradley Willman, a dangerous sniper center with great defensive side (although his addition would come closer to the trade deadline)
Not only would the team change their offensive tactic, they changed also their defence style to also fit a speedy game. To fit this, they brought in a few mid-range talent defensmen who could skate.
The manager expected a slow start to the season as it would take a while for the team to adjust, however when the team figured it out, they'd take the league by storm. Speaking in terms of offensive and defensive stats, using formulas, the Golden Flyers were ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference.
They nearly split their first 10 games going 4-6. This result was expected and acceptable. It was all going towards a greater good. They also went 4-6 in the next 10 games.
Even though the end game results were expected, the team only managed to score once in 7 of the first 20 games. The offence was gone. High profile scorer Jasmin Emond had vanished and Kaila was proving to have a slow start to his career. Starting goalie Rehor Istvan was doing what he could, but the goals weren't coming.
Then comes a 7 game losing streak, the team still isn't scoring. Manager reports show the team has gained strong familiarity with the new system, but the goals still aren't coming. By now, it's not just a lack of goals but too many goals being let in by the goalie tandem of Istvan and Deon Core were regularly blowing games. As it turned out, there was a locker room blowout between the two goalies as both thought they deserved the 1G position while neither played like it. One had to go.
Istvan was traded, posting a 7-7-1 record with a 3.42GAA and 885% with a 68 performance rating.
Core was relied very heavily on for a bulk of the games remaining.
Midway through the season, they picked up a little steam, winning 4 or more games in a row a few times. The team still wasn't performing as original expectations had lined up, but it was an improvement.
Even though there wasn't a strong need for another high talent goalie, the Golden Flyers found themselves in a position to grab Robin Guilmaine in a trade. Core had after all been cooling off and not playing too great. He was 37 years old after all.
What resulted was the biggest dumpster fire in net for the final stretch of games. They had come close to taking 9th in the East to avoid the relegation playoffs. They crawled towards 9th, making slow progress towards it. And then Guilmaine said "win? Over my dead body"
Guilmaine posted the following stats insuring the Golden Flyers for the first time ever would have to fight in a playoff series to stay up in the GHL: 4-8-3, 3.80GAA, 884% and a 67 performance rating. During the final stretch, Guilmaine was pulled in 4 straight matches.
They finished 10th and played the Rycroft Twisters in the relegation playoffs. After winning the first match 5-1, they allowed 22 goals in the next 4 games and lost in 5 games. Core played every game in the fear that Guilmaine would blow it, but in the end it was the cold hard fact that taught the manager that all goalies are bastards and stealers of dreams.
In conclusion, what the manager brought out of a massive failure of a season is that changing all tactics at the start of a season is impossible to do so with any success at the GHL level. Secondly, looking in depth at how a roster has weaknesses is extremely important. An in depth look at the Golden Flyers roster would show a lack of passing skill in the forwards, and a big lack of passing and pick handeling skill in the defencemen. With the exception of possible future hall of famer Vratislav Vaslik, the defensive lineup with a subtle mess with breakout passes and turnovers. And thirdly, lastly, the most important lesson learned from this garbage season is that all goalies are bastards.
jdonutken reacted to GamePlanHockey in v2.5.0
Premium and free plan
We're now introducing a forever free plan to Game Plan Hockey Manager! This free plan will have some limitations to it that can be lifted by signing up for a Premium plan. This means that there are two different plans playing this game; Free and Premium. Limited trials are removed. All current subscriptions will automatically be changed to a Premium plan and same terms of payment and subscription will apply. Any special offer subscription $1.99 will still be honored.
See our pricing page for complete plan coverage and what limitations that apply.
Bug fixes and improvements
Reworked computer trading AI. Reworked player trade values (less excellent trade values). Reworked player reputation. Relative within league (less superstars in leagues). Improved assistant's advice when receiving a trade offer. Board veto. A trade can now be rejected by the board if ruled bad enough. Players on their first year of contract can no longer be put on waivers. Team player records are now available from team page's history tab Affiliate team may once again be customised (premium only) Jersey preview when changing player number An opponent's player contracted role is now available by scouting Update of start new career guide. One click start. Adjustment on endurance loss during games. Injuries will now heal extra between seasons. Any pending trade offer made by a human manager is automatically canceled if the manager resigns Goalie performance is now available from dropdown goalie cards. Now possible to load archived chat messages Fixed bug where affiliate team did not move up or down when team promoted or relegated Fixed bug where regular season performance was shown on playoff stats Fixed bug where an offered extension did not cancel/reject when the player was released. Various performance updates Various layout fixes
jdonutken reacted to Wick Schozen in Warman Aussies (Buzzer)
When the league headquarters announced the sale of the Altona Dragons to an unnamed bar owner in the small town of Warman most around the league didn’t bat an eye. That was until it was leaked who had made the purchase.
“Wasn’t he banned from the league from his days in Howitzer?” One anonymous executive sent via text message “Heard he called the commissioner's wife a sex worker after being suspended for putting a fresh coat of lead paint in the visitors dressing room before every home game."
It was day 54 of season 2 that Wick Schozen returned to the business of professional hockey. Successfully finding a loophole in the bylaws of Buzzer, Schozen is now the owner, general manager and coach of the Warman Aussies. A mere eight days after the announcement Schozen has stripped any remnants of the teams Altona past and left no confusion in the direction the Aussies are headed in.
“I’m not in the business of telling grown men to divorce their wives. I sleep better at night with a team of 20 year olds who have no idea they just signed their life to me in the fine print of their contracts.” Schozen said at his first press conference in front of the media. "To do that we’re on our way down to the SHL, anyone too undesirable to other teams to be traded will have their contract voided at the end of the season and their stink of mediocrity out of my locker room.”
This team of 20 year olds is already well into actualization. Through seven trades in as many days the Aussies have almost more draft picks for the season 2 draft as players on the active roster. As forecast, everyone over the age of 20 is going to see their one-way clause release them from the team.
“We’re building this program from the ground up. To do that I need kids I can mold into competence. It’s the Nike sweatshop model. Children are employed to make shoes before they can wipe their ass. The ones that survive into adulthood are mercenaries on a sewing machine. Look how well Nike is doing as a company, the same model is coming to the Aussies. If these boys can tuck goals at half the efficiency that a nine year old can churn out sweatpants we’re going to have one hell of a hockey team in Warman.”
It was his ruthlessness as a general manager that led the Newcastle Fighters to a GHL Championship back Howitzer. But the seasons that followed were tainted by the Fighters failing to live up to expectations. Schozen’s reputation around the league worsening as his antics continued to get more elaborate in search of success. Without notice Schozen was out of the spotlight and Newcastle bought out and relocated. “I thought the guy was dead.” Another anonymous exec said to me, “honestly I preferred believing that than to know he’s back in the league.”
What Schozen manages to do at this seasons draft is going to be crucial for the long term success of the new franchise. With 11 draft picks in the bank he can afford to miss on a few, but Schozen is adamant that isn’t an option.
“I took my entire scouting staff with me when I left Newcastle. They’ve been following this draft class since they were 12 years old and have been accruing a bar tab with me the entire time. If any of these picks don’t turn out I’m making the scout that backed the player pay back everything they owe on their tab. With that amount of debt I’ll own not only their children but their children’s children. They know what’s at stake.”
jdonutken reacted to Wick Schozen in trading a player that has signed an extension
After the trade deadline all contract offers are in terms of the following season (example: sign a player not on your roster and they won't report until day 1 of the following season). Then if you are situated in a top 2 seed in your conference after day 87, in terms of contract negotiations you are now considered the level of the league you are promoting to.
I'm not fully visualizing your situation in my head, so sorry if that doesn't clear it up. But that is how it has always been as a promoting team after day 87, going back to the old version. When I was promoting to the GHL I had a bunch of players that would not resign on SHL contracts, so I had to ensure that I had guaranteed promotion at the end of the season and had to wait until after day 87 to negotiate their extensions.
jdonutken reacted to flowbish1 in [SOLVED] Draft Preference
There as been a problem with the Draft Preference tool. Whenever i try to move players up and down, they move 2 spaces at a time. Also, i cannot save my Draft Preference. I always get an error report. This as been going on since the last update or so. Please fix this up, since it happens on both my PC laptop and a Mac.
jdonutken reacted to EXXEO in CPU “smart” Trade Offers
It would be nice to have the Computer GMs actually offer something in a trade that matches your transfer needs. For instance: I only have prospects up as my trade needs but I keep getting offers for really old guys that have bad contracts and are declining faster than a plane in a nose dive. I’m asking for prospects to circumvent some cap issues but am getting offers that put me in the red further. This also makes those offers pointless.
jdonutken reacted to zinnyzxx in [SOLVED] Unable to assign (and waive) Players (MERGED TOPIC)
I'm having an error message when trying to assign players or put them on waivers.
jdonutken reacted to Smashvilles4Realz in Game Plan Hockey Manager 2.0 - Release date announced!
i'm going to go out on a limb and say we are done. I'm in Biscuit and Clapper and they both stopped a couple days ago. i think these servers are all done. Get ready for an eventful weekend in Game Plan Hockey land!
jdonutken got a reaction from Mark Z in Game Plan Hockey Manager 2.0 - Release date announced!
What is considered "fast", "normal", and "slow"? I'm playing in a 2-games-a-day league-what is that?
jdonutken reacted to GoldenBears in Game Plan Hockey Manager 2.0 - Release date announced!
Longtime member here, coming back. Excited to see what the game has become since I've taken a break.
With regards to why theres a fee: running servers and spending lots of time on this game is not cheap. Plus, if the game blows up, more time and money can be spent on making it better. $2 a month really isnt that much. $24 a year is less than spending on Franchise Hockey Manager/Eastside. Plus, where else can you play online vs Friends?
Can't promise I'll be here forever, but I owe it to Anders to see the release. This game has come so far!
jdonutken got a reaction from clyde in Game Plan Hockey Manager 2.0 - Release date announced!
If you don't have a credit card, buy a VISA gift card, and use that. a $25 card will cover you for a year. I've been at this game for about 6 months; I can see that Anders and friends have spent a lot of time developing this game, and I think it's extremely fair that they begin to get some compensation. Why ever would you think it wasn't?