I'd never been in a hockey pool before. Not a real one. I had done a couple of simple ones, with René and other classmates, but those were pick-em-and-leave-em. That was by design. We all wanted to focus on grad school (and drinking – two non-mutually exclusive concepts) and didn't want the winner to be the person who slacked off on studying the most. Most of my effort then was drafting. I played with no bench, no lineup changes, no trades. Now I was invited to a real pool. How was that going to work out?