The Survivor Hockey Pool, sometimes called a Knockout or Elimination Hockey Pool, is very similar to it’s Football counterpart, but it tends to be a little tougher to pick, as hockey is a little more unpredictable game to game to football. As a result it’s good to incorporate the multiple life options. It’s a format where one person will often set up multiple entries to take a shot at the winner take all prize.
Survivor Hockey Pool Basics
For each weekend of the NHL regular season, you pick a team to win their specified game that weekend. If they win, you proceed to the following week. If they lose, you are eliminated from the pool. Each entry may only select a team once for the duration of the pool. The pool runs until you’re down to only one remaining entry, or the regular season ends.
If the pool makes it to the end of the regular season with multiple entries alive, they would split the prize money equally. Entries may also choose to split the prize once the pool only has a few remaining. We recommend a partial split with entries still playing to be the sole survivor.
On HostedPools, our deadlines for weekend Survivor Hockey Pools are always at Noon (Eastern) on Saturdays.
Survivor Hockey Pool Options
You can set up your Survivor Hockey Pool to allow for multiple chances for each entry, so you’re not eliminated until you’ve accumulated the necessary strikes. It’s a solid option unless you have a very large pool, as these tend to only last a couple months out of a 6 month season. As a result, many pools will allow 2 or 3 strikes, and still run a first half and a second half pool (ask us about our 2nd pool in same season discount!).
Set up a default pick option, so when someone forgets, or is unable to make a pick, they still end up with a selection according to the default pick criteria. HostedPools doesn’t currently have hockey pool defaults, but we are considering adding them for the 2016 season. Pool Managers can however choose their own criteria and set picks as necessary for anyone that hadn’t chosen.
You can flip your Survivor Hockey Pool on its head by making your entrants pick against teams instead of for them. So the team picked would have to lose their game in order to proceed to the following week.