HITME: Hockey In The Modern Era is the newest hockey simulation league by Joe Cronin.
I first started playing in Cronin sim leagues something like 8 years ago. I was always on the cusp, but never could quite win a championship. I won't this year either. I inherited Vic Venasky's Los Angeles Kings, the year before Marcel Dionne arrived in Hollywood.
Maybe you could win a championship. Cronin is looking for 5 more participants before our league can begin. It's free! It's fun! Bragging rights is the only thing on the line.
This new league starts in 1972-73. We inherit the actual opening night rosters, but that's about it as far as history goes. Cronin listened to the majority of GMs and has combined the NHL and WHA into one big league, and the future of all franchises is for us to determine. We're free to make all the trades and free agent signings we want. Probably by the end of season one most of the teams will look quite different. And don't get me started on the individual player ratings. Cronin knows I always have a beef with the defensive ratings being based on that silly +/- statistic.
The bottom line is it is a lot of fun to manage your own team. I like these retro leagues, because I can develop attachments to players I never did before, or maybe never even saw play before. Plus I have hope for future seasons since I know every players future. It's like I'm the perfect hockey scout.
So if you're interested in playing some sim hockey this summer, check out HITME: Hockey In The Modern Era.
P.S. I'll be posting updates through out the HITME season on the league and those lowly Monarchs on Manchester.