By Karine Hains, Editor-in-Chief

Since June, we have all suffered from one thing; the lack of hockey games. Well, not all of us but the hockey faithful like me have. Thankfully, the summer is over, the rookie camps are starting and before we know it, four of the NHL’s teams will be opening the season in Europe. On the other side of the Atlantic, the fans are getting frantic and everyone has an opinion on who will be hot or not this year. This can only mean one thing; it’s time for hockey pools again!

After the success of last year’s playoffs pool, we were able to get this year’s edition sponsored by Canada’s premier hobby box site: Nolan’s Sports Collectibles. They have generously accepted to donate the first prize: a box of Upper Deck 2008-2009 Artifacts. On top of this, 6 cards are also up for grabs as prizes and will be divided amongst the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position contestants. The players included are Carey Price, Grant Fuhr, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Michel Ouellet, Brandon Dubinsky and Alex Tanguay.

If you wish to enter the contest you must:

Each entrant will need to pick:

1 Goalie
3 Defensemen
5 Forwards
1 Enforcer
Defensemen
1 point per goal
1 point per assist
2 points per overtime goal
3 points per hat trick
2 points per shorthanded goal

Forwards
1 point per goal
1 point per assist
2 points per overtime goal
3 points per hat trick
2 points per shorthanded goal

Goalie
2 points per win
5 points per goal
1 point per assist
5 points for a shutout

Enforcer
1 points per goal
1 point per assist
2 points per overtime goal
3 points per hat trick
2 points for a shorthanded goal
1 point per penalty minute

In your email to me please put your user ID, the email you will use to register on http://www.officepools.com/ and your picks. Please put SCF pool as the title of your emai.l

Example:

SCF Pool

Pheebs888, pheebs_888_uk@yahoo.co.uk

Defense: Nicklas Lidstrom DET
Defense: Andrei Markov MTL
Defense: Brian Campbell CHI
Forward: Sidney Crosby PIT
Forward: Evgeni Malkin PIT
Forward: Paul Stastny COL
Forward: Henrik Zetterberg DET
Forward: Daniel Alfredsson OTT
Goalie: Martin Brodeur NJD
Enforcer: George Parros ANA

To see all the prizes up for grabs as well as the complete rules, make sure to check the following thread on SCF: http://www.sportscardforum.com/showthread.php?t=576191

If you follow these simple guidelines, you have a chance to win not only the above mentioned prizes but bragging rights over your fellow collectors on SCF. Training camps are starting and the players will soon be ready to get yet another season rolling but are you? If so, sign up now and make the upcoming season even more interesting with Sportscardforum and http://www.nsccanada.com/ !