Thanks for your interest in HockeyKnight. Obviously, we believe we are developing the best hockey pool management site on the planet and here is an update on our progress.
Last year we started out strong, with a lot of optimism and interest drummed up thanks to the exposure we received through DobberHockey.com. We sponsored a few contests, and got a lot of people excited about our product. In fact have hundreds of people signed up to receive updates on our site. During development, we discovered that additional engineering was required to deliver on our vision – so half way through the season we decided to add to our programming team and delay our launch. We spent all of last year in development and testing, actively building a site that would accommodate our own very deep and fairly complex points pool (the FSJFHL, in existence for over 15 years). We did this for two reasons – we could not find a site that would do what we wanted, and we wanted to make life easier for our commissioner (auto stats, trades tracking, trading draft picks, roster moves, history tracking, etc.). Making life easier for commissioners is one of the fundamental design requirements behind our site, in fact our commissioner is one of the founding members of our company. We also some hard-core poolies and leagues test our site, and contribute to the flexibility in design. Thank you if any of you participated in that testing. Our most recent testing/development involved the playoffs, as the stats came in a slightly different format and we needed to integrate those with current rosters so GM’s didn’t have to re-enter their teams to play in the playoffs and could track regular season and playoff stats from the same dashboard. All went well.
The current functionality includes a mix of customizable roster settings and points tracking, with some basic rules based on the FSJFHL constitution. We will progress further with customization for other specific pool needs once we have a site that people can use, generating some income to help with development.
We appreciate that there are many very good sites out there with many excellent features. We are confident that we will have a product this coming season, but have been working so hard on the functionality that the site has no open door or flow that the general public can access to test drive yet. We are working on that next, followed by the addition of entry draft players to our database in preparation for this year’s entry draft season (I’m a big Vancouver Giants fan and it will be interesting to see where Evander Kane ends up, and how he progresses to meet his potential). We will also have many cool features that our competitors will not be offering, at least until they see them, as I’m sure they will sign-up (after all, we signed up to their sites to learn what they were doing, and not doing).
I encourage you to sign up to HockeyKnight.com if you haven’t done so already and stay posted on our progress.
Thanks again for your interest, and keep your stick on the ice!
John L. Turner
SportsKnight Fantasy GM Inc.