Fantasy Hockey Pro Leagues

If you've ever played Yahoo Sports Free Fantasy Hockey, then you'll already know how to play and most of the rules for Pro Leagues -- they're virtually the same game, except for the pricing…and the payouts!


Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey Pro Leagues is a skill competition against others to win cash prizes using your knowledge and skill in assembling and managing a fantasy hockey team made of real-life NHL players. The better your players perform in real-life games, the more value they bring to your fantasy team.

Your goal: Field a better team and score more points than your opponent each week.

After reading this FAQ, don't forget to read the Official Rules and Additional Terms of Service for Pro Leagues which govern your participation and eligibility in the game. If there's a conflict between the Official Rules, Additional Terms of Service, and/or these instructions, the Official Rules always have the final say.

+Playing Season

All Pro Leagues run over a series of 25 Game Weeks, and the puck drops on October 1, 2013.

Game Weeks generally follow a Monday-Sunday (7 day) schedule, beginning each Monday morning at midnight PT and ending the following Sunday night at 11:59:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the final Sunday night game if it hasn't ended by then.

+Exception Weeks - 1 and 19

Game Week 1 follows a 13-day schedule, beginning October 1, 2013 at midnight PT and ending October 13, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the final Sunday night game if it hasn't ended by then.

Game Week 19 follows a 21-day schedule, beginning February 10, 2014 at midnight PT and ending March 2, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the final Sunday night game if it hasn't ended by then to account for the 2014 Olympic Games.

+Drafting during a Game Week

If a Game Week is already underway when your league drafts, your league won't begin play until the start of the following Game Week and its Fantasy Regular Season will be shortened accordingly.

For more information, see the dates and deadlines for the current season.

  Heads up! The last day of the Pro League season is April 6, 2014.

+Format and Scoring

Pro Leagues are each made up of 12 teams, are public, use the same standard settings, are scored in a either a head-to-head or rotisserie format, and are offered in 2 competition levels:

  • PRO20 ($20 entry fee)
  • PRO100 ($100 entry fee)

You can sign up for as many Fantasy Hockey Pro Leagues as you want -- there's no limit!

Once you're signed up, you'll be randomly placed in a league with other managers who have chosen the same competition level, scoring system, and draft date and time.

Each Game Week, you'll square off in a match-up against another manager's team. During that Game Week's NHL games, each team's players earn fantasy points for their performances in a variety of real-life statistical categories. If your team's players score more points than the other team's, you win!

For more details, see our scoring FAQ and default league format overview.


When you sign up for your team, you'll select your draft date and time. If all 12 slots are filled by the time your draft is scheduled to start, your league will conduct a live, online draft to determine the rosters for each team.

If there are any empty slots when your league is scheduled to draft, your league will be disbanded and everyone will be issued a credit for use towards a team in another Pro League (you'll automatically be issued a refund if you don't use your credit before registration closes).

+Managing Your Roster

Once your draft is complete, your team will have a full roster of starting and bench players. If don't make any changes, your starting line-up will consist of the starters that you designated during the draft.

Throughout the season, it's up to you to make adjustments to your roster based on your knowledge and skill in evaluating how your players are performing.

You can manage the players on your team by moving them between starting and bench positions, adding or dropping them through waivers or free agency, or by trading them with other teams.

Keep in mind, there are deadlines for when roster moves can take place.


In the NHL, teams use "waivers" to make a player's rights available in a way that gives every other team a fair chance to claim them.

Just like in the pros, Pro Leagues feature a waiver system that builds upon the real-life waiver concept in a number of ways.

Learn more about our waiver system using our waivers overview.

+Free Agents

All players not currently on a team in your league (and who are not currently on waivers) are considered free agents.

Free agents may be acquired by any manager in the league on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the free agency system using our free agency overview.


A trade consists of two teams exchanging players with each other. Learn how to conduct trades (and how they're reviewed for fairness) in our trading overview.

Trades can be executed anytime after your league drafts up until your league's trade deadline.

+Playoffs and Winning

The playoff system in Pro Leagues is different depending on your league's scoring format.

+Head-to-Head Scoring Leagues

At the conclusion of Game Week 21, the top 6 teams in the standings are matched up against each other in a 3-week playoff (running from Game Weeks 22-24) for bragging rights and cash payouts!

Get a full rundown of the playoff system by reviewing how playoff match-ups are determined and the head-to-head tiebreaker rules.

+Rotisserie Scoring Leagues

In rotisserie leagues, the league champion is determined by the final standings after Game Week 25. If there is a tie at the top of the standings, co-champions will be declared.

+Winning and Payouts

When it's all said and done, each league's top-3 managers will be paid out based on how they fared in the playoffs.

  • League Champion
    • PRO20 Leagues: $120
    • PRO100 Leagues: $600
  • League Runner-Up
    • PRO20 Leagues: $70
    • PRO100 Leagues: $360
  • League Second Runner-Up
    • PRO20 Leagues: $30
    • PRO100 Leagues: $140

  Heads up! The last day of the Pro League season is April 6, 2014.

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