NHL Loser Hockey Pools

Loser Hockey Pools are a variation on Survivor Hockey pools where only Saturday games are included and you're picking a team to lose. One thing to note in these pools are that all games that go to a shootout count as a loss for both teams - going back to when the NHL still had ties, and ties weren't counted as losses. This format is very popular among youth hockey teams/organizations as a fundraiser.

Fun Fact: The Loser Hockey Pool was our most popular format overall in 2018.

How to Play

  1. Entrants pick one team each Saturday of the NHL regular season with the intention of the selection losing.
  2. If the team selected loses in regulation or overtime, the entry survives to the following Saturday.
  3. If the team selected wins or goes to a shootout, the entry is eliminated from the pool.
  4. If all remaining teams win during a week, they all move on to the next week.
  5. The final surviving entry is the winner, unless there are multiple teams alive after the final week of the season.
  6. Teams may only be selected one time for the duration of the pool.


Strikes/Lives - Allow entries more than one 'win' or 'strike' prior to them being eliminated.

Pick Limits - Allow entries the ability to select a team more than one time for the duration of the pool.

Start Week - Want to start a 2nd chance pool? Start a pool with the first pick some time after Week 1.

Loser Hockey Pools will be available on 2023/08/23 09:00am.

Site News

  • Feb 4, 2023 - We've completed our updates, and the site is available again. If you notice any issues, please let us know as soon as possible so we can try to resolve them quickly.
  • Jan 31, 2023 - As this coming weekend is an off-weekend for both the NHL and NFL as far as games that count go, we are planning to do some server upgrades. The site may be intermittently unavailable through the weekend.
  • Jan 5, 2023 - The NFL has officially cancelled the Week 17 game between Buffalo and Cincinnati. As a result, our site policy treats any selection of either team the same as No Pick, consistent with what we did during the Covid affected seasons. That said, some pool managers are making other accommodations with their pools, and we're willing to work with them to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via the contact page.
  • Jan 2, 2023 - Tonight's Bills/Bengals game has been postponed by the NFL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Damar Hamlin, along with his family and both teams on the field tonight. We will follow up with more information as the league makes it available.