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On a given night a line including Pavol Demitra, Markus Naslund and Daniel
Alfredsson might square off with a line featureing Jere Lehtinen, Mats Sundin
and Ziggy Palffy. Defensive pairings range from Robert Svehla and Eric
Desjardins, to Scott Niedermayer and Adam Foote.
Anything is possible when you deal with Strat-O-Matic Hockey and the results
have kept Truro's Strato Hockey League(SHL) operating since 1979-80. The loop
will enter its 25th year in September with 7 teams taking to the ice.
Strat-O-Matic uses a series of board games that require a combination of skill
and luck of the dice to be successful.
In the case of hockey, Strat-O-Matic issues cards each season for all NHL teams, with
potential dice rolls heavily weighted to reflect real life statistics. For example,
Mario Lemieux has more rolls that might result in a goal than Trevor Linden.
When four team owners decided to create the SHL in the fall of 1979 they held a draft
of players from cards reflecting the 1978-79 NHL season. Drafts continue to be one of
the highlights prior to each season of the SHL, with team owners able to protect all,
or none of their previous year's players, except in the case of league expansion when the
number of players an owner can protect may be limited.
At this time, the league has an active 7 teams. The league plays
the full current 84 game schedule which is consistant with the actual NHL schedule.
Thursday nights are always game night, and all contests are played at the original
founders home(Dave Melanson) of the SHL.
If you're a top sports fan and especially a hockey fan, this game has alot of appeal
because of the realism of the players results. Owners are convinced they have the best
team and keep trying to show that. If they have a bad night, they want to come back the
next week and show that it shouldn't have happened. Mastering this game may seem like
a major undertaking at first glance, but new owners generally pick up the basics quite
In a nutshell, players other than goalies have five columns on their card, each divided
into results for the 11 possible numbers on a roll of two dice. Columns represent shots
from the outside, shots from the inside, rebound and breakaways, passing and defensive
results. Goalie cards have 20 possible results, ranging from goals to rebounds and saves.
Owners can decide on one of six offence/defense combinations that are used in conjunction
with 30 different action cards to determine the flow of the play. Another set of cards give
results of goalie ratings, passing plays, intimitdation, injuries, icing attempts and
Teams are required to use at least three lines and two sets of defencemen each period.
The SHL season runs parallel to the NHL season. The draft is held in mid August and regular
season play usually begins in mid September. The loop takes about a month off over Christmas
and the playoffs usually wrap up in early May. Teams pay annual dues, generally in the $30
range, to cover the cost of new cards each year, snacks and beverages(coffee, water, pop),
photocopying, laminating and paper. Additional money has been spent in the past to hold
special nights(All Star game and skills competition).
You build your own team and try to improve on it year after year unlike most hockey pools.
Most people really enjoy building their own team over the long run and acutally playing for
a real cup.