History of the
USENET/WWW Hockey Draft
This page is dedicated to
Andrew Scott, inventor of the USENET Hockey Draft
Andrew started the USENET Hockey Draft in 1987 to add a little fun to
rec.sport.hockey. He has been a regular reader of hockey news on
USENET since the net.hockey days in the early 80's, and it seemed
like a fun way to enjoy the season. About 20 people played the
The draft evolved and grew over the years. After he started USENET Hockey
Draft in 1987, and watched it grow until 1994, he had to turn over the
reins to Dave Becker because his career at Hewlett-Packad started to take
off. He is now working in Product Marketing for HP.
The current "stock market" rules were instituted in 1989. In his last
year as manager (1993-94), 342 teams from literally all over the world
entered the draft. There have been past entries from:
Now that the Internet is expanding so quickly, Andrew forsee the draft
becoming even bigger and better.
- Canada (all provinces)
- United States (about 35 states)
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
"It has always been my intention with the USENET Hockey Draft that we
play for fun and everybody is encouraged to join."
"Some people were rather serious about the game and developed spreadsheets
or simulations to tell them when to buy and sell players. Others simply
tracked their favorite players over the season. Many people told me they
became more interested in watching NHL games because of the draft."
"Regrettably, I had to give up managing the draft. I have enjoyed
many email conversations with a lot of people over the years. I still
intend to enter my own team ("Hurricane Andrew"), and I still welcome
hearing from the friends I've made. Thanks, and good luck! "
(end of quote)
Note from Gilles:
Andrew now lives in Vancouver, but remains a die-hard Oiler fan (even
He is an avid Masters swimmer and also enjoys scuba diving, skiing, and
golf. Andrew got married in 1998.
Meanwhile, the second manager of the draft, Dave Becker, just got married
in the 1996 summer... I have meet Dave (he also lived in the Boston area),
and I hope that Andrew, Dave and me can meet in a near future. I was
hoping that we have a picture together, but this will probably never
happen as David is now working in California.
Here are some important dates:
Start of the first USENET Hockey Draft. At that time, Andrew Scott
managed the draft using a spreadshet program. People would send their
list of selected players, and kept them all year. They were 20
participants in the 1987-88 season and 45 for the 1988-89
season. Unfortunately, no files from those seasons were kept, and the
statistics on those season appear to be lost. I hope that with the help
of someone, or the Google USENET archives, I will be able to add those
records to the current ones.
Andrew Scott wrote a C program to help him managing the draft. Also the
trading rules started that year.
- October 1991
My first participation in the Draft!
- September 1994
Dave Becker becomes the new manager, and add WWW support. The Draft does
not start because of the lock-out.
- January 1995
Finally, The NHL season starts in January, and there is a record number of
participants (700). I believe that hundreds have entered during the
lock-out period, so there would have been less if the season had started
on time (October 1st, 1994).
- March 1995
Unfortunately, Dave could not continue running the Draft because of
personnal reasons, after the week 8 update.
- September 1995
At the same time I was looking for a job, I decided to give a try in
taking over the Draft. Got the job and also got the Draft running on my
Netcom account (Millions thanks to Andrew Scott), but with no WWW support
(I remember that there were several e-mails about this). At that time, I
have no idea what HTML was about (or even the C language), so I just told
people that I did not have time, nor the resources to have WEB support. I
have spent a lot of time to learn these two since.
- March 1996
Got that free WEB page from Geocities. Start adding support with alot of
info. Hope that you like it!
- September 1996
For the 1996-97 season, WEB forms support (from cyberaccess) was
added. Got those to work and had problem with some curious people
who wanted to see the composition of all the other teams. Had to
institute rule #18 because of this incident
- July 1997
Dump Windows95 out of my home computer, since then, I have been using
- September 1997
Reduced the minimum purchase price back to 50.0 points.
- September 1998
Because of a tremendous decrease of scoring in hockey, I had to create a
new rule (or formula) to determine the minimum purchase price for the
Draft. This has worked well since they were more than 100 NHL players
that had at least 46.0 points.
- September 1999
Modify rule #10 to allow 2 X minimum purchase price to count in the
standings during the season, except for the final standings.
- September 2000
Had to change server since netcom was closing down. The draft moved to
- September 2001
The draft is now on gillescarmel.com, and because I am "master of my own
domain" , I can run cgi scripts that will allow participants true WEB
interaction with the draft.
- October 2001
Thanks to the help of Andy Froncioni, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for
writing a Perl script to download automatically the NHL stats, daily
standings are now published on the USENET/WWW Hockey Draft WEB
site. Andy's script used the RDS (Reseaux des Sports) WEB site to access
the stats, but I modified it to use the USA Today (the official stats
source for this Draft) WEB site. Note that these standings are not
officials. and that only the weekly standings and price lists are used
- September 2003
After 8 years in the Boston area, the manager moves to San Diego. The
Pre-Season draft is running on a rahul.net server. Also, I modify rule
#10 to allow 10 X minimum purchase price to count in the standings during
the season, except for the final standings.
© 2003 Gilles Carmel