Ethnic League VI
Hockey is back - time for the annual ethnic league!
In this league, you select players by their ethnicity rather than by their country of origin. There are no U.S. or Canadian teams.
Gretzky plays for the Polish team, Forsberg plays for the Swedish team, Ken Hodge plays for the English team, and Mario Lemieux plays for the French team. Get the idea? Mike Bossy is half Ukrainian and half Quebecois, so he can play for either team. Peter Bondra was born in the Ukraine, but his parents were Slovak, so he plays for the Slovak team.
Yan Stastny was born in the U.S. while his legendary father Peter Stastny played for the NHL, and Yan played for the U.S. Olympic team, but because both his parents were Slovak, in this league he is only eligible for the Slovak team. See how it works?
Part of the entertainment value of this league is figuring out what the ethnicity of some of these players actually is. It's also more fun to ice a team from your own ethnic background.
In the first five seasons, four different ethnic groups won the cup. Who will get it this year?
No ties, no trades, no WW
No more than two teams for any ethnic group, to play in different divisions.
Great minor leaguers, because some of the weaker teams will need the help while the stronger teams don't need minor leaguers. But bonus - you get to name your minor leaguers with ethnic names from your theme.
Here are some sample ethnic themes and players:
German: Weiland, Shutt, Ehrhoff, Kolzig
Russian: Ovechkin, Datsyuk, Zubov, Bryzgalov
Dutch: Yzerman, Nighbor, Van Boxmeer, Vanbiesbrouck
Polish: Gretzky, Ogrodnick, Jerwa, Broda
French: Lemieux, Messier, Bourque, Roy
English: Hull, Howe, Robinson, Dafoe
Balkans: Mahovlich, Sakic, Ravlich, Brimsek
Greek: Carson, Staios, Chelios, Karakas
Italian: Spezza, Ciccorelli, Fontinato, Esposito
Czech: Jagr, Elias, Hamrlik, Hašek
Slovak: Mikita, Stastny, Chara, Halak
Finland: Selanne, Kurri, Numminen, Kiprusoff
Ukraine: Bucyk, Kovalchuk, Zhitnik, Sawchuk
Sweden: Sedin, Forsberg, Lidstrom, Lundqvist
Aboriginal: Cheechoo, Trottier, Neilson, Price
African: Iginla, Carter, Subban, Fuhr
Irish: Denneny, Malone, O'Donnell, Connell
Scottish: McDonald, McNab, Orr, McNeil
Mixed world = players ONLY from ethnic groups other than those listed above:
Loob (Estonian), Tavares (Portuguese), Ozolinsh (Latvian), Khabibulin (Kazakhstani), Ullman (Norwegian), Gomez (Mexican), Malhotra (Indian), Staal (Danish), etc.
check out Wikipedia for more picks... Sign up below and pick an ethnicity!
1. zero1940 - Russians
2. fatboydad54 - Finland
3. mapleleafs4l - Scottish
4. mapleleafs4l - German
5. blplaya - French
6. Chef93 - Italian
24. quinet - TBA