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Stanley Cup Playoffs—1 Night, 2 Victories, I Won!

Winning my family's hockey pool is just as exciting as winning the Stanley Cup

While the Los Angeles Kings are celebrating their Stanley Cup win, I am also celebrating a win. I come from a large French-Canadian, hockey-loving family, who participate in an annual hockey pool. This year (I think it’s maybe the 6th?), we were 32 competing for top honors of said hockey pool. The rules are to chose 17 players among the 16 teams that make it to the playoffs. We are awarded 1 point for every goal scored and 1 point each for up to 2 assists. You may use any strategy when selecting your players; just make sure you win the most points by the last night of the playoffs.

Well, I’m delighted to say that this year, I have finished in 1st Place! And I must thank the Philadelphia Flyers for my win. Out of 32, only 5 of us chose the Flyers’ players to advance while the remaining 27 chose the Penguins. After the very first series, almost all of my competition lost a quarter of their players. The other teams I chose were the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks (bad call), New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

The icing on the cake? I narrowly beat my older brother and lifelong Pittsburgh Penguins fan, Paul. Just don’t feel sorry for him, he’s already won twice. Secon Place is a great consolation to losing to his little sister  Xoxo

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