Fantasy Hockey League Launched

Slazenger EHL Fantasy League Flyer
England Hockey this week launched its inaugural fantasy hockey game for the Premier Divisions of the men's Slazenger England Hockey League which restarts on February 1st.

While Cannock and Reading battle it out at the top of the league table, armchair hockey fans can get involved by picking their own fantasy team of hockey stars. Based on the popular fantasy football format, players will pick up points for scoring goals and keeping a clean sheet but lose points for conceding goals and receiving cards. 

England Hockey hopes that the idea will engage a new audience for the top flight league. Jo Baker, England Hockey’s PR and Communications manager said: “The free game is simple to play and offers a great way for the hockey community to follow their favourite teams and players. We hope that the interactive game will raise the profile of hockey and also improve attendances at national league matches.”

The Fantasy Hockey game follows the success of a similar game that was developed by London-based start-up fantastar.com for the British Handball Association. Rob Tong, Fantastar co-founder, said: “We have worked with several governing bodies to develop something that generates a real buzz around Olympic sports for the build up to London 2012.”

Both games were built on Fantastar’s cutting edge website which also allows clubs, universities and schools to set up online fantasy sport games based on their own teams, players and results. The free service helps grassroots sport by promoting team spirit and improved performance while also providing an avenue for generating funds to help develop the sports stars of the future.

Over 250 teams have entered the free league so far - why not join them by choosing your team now?  Visit http://www.fantastar.com/englandhockeyleague to get started.  The champion of the league will win a top of the range hockey stick courtesy of Barringtons Sports, with runners-up prizes of a pair of astro-shoes and a hockey bag.

If the fantasy league proves to be a success, it will be developed to include the Women's Premier Division in 2009/10.