User Interview: nickneely

Q&A with noted SimLeague Hockey user nickneely

We recently contacted nickneely to discuss SimLeague Hockey strategy, "bench-clearing" brawls, Cam Neely, roller hockey, Leonidas and the Boston Bruins

WIS

Thanks for taking the time out to meet with us.

WIS

Who is nickneely?

nickneely

My name is Nick Diamantopoulos, from Chicago, IL.

WIS

How did you learn about WhatIfSports.com and our SimLeagues?

nickneely

I saw an ad on nhl.com and was immediately interested in joining.

WIS

Which games have you played?

nickneely

I only play hockey.

WIS

Besides simulation sports websites, what are some of your other interests and hobbies?

nickneely

Fishing, hunting, and playing roller and ice hockey, and going to the movies with my wife.

WIS

Which five people, past or present, sit at your dream roundtable discussion?

nickneely

Jesus, Bobby Orr, Cam Neely, Leonidas (of Sparta), and Alexander The Great.

WIS

Which are some of your favorite hockey teams of all-time?

nickneely

The Boston Bruins are always going to be number one in my heart, and Chicago Blackhawks.

WIS

What players did you admire most growing up?

nickneely

Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Cam Neely.

WIS

Did you play hockey (or other sports) growing up?

nickneely

Yes, I was an avid roller and ice hockey player for 30 years. I also played football, soccer and baseball. But, hockey is my favorite.

WIS

Build your all-time dream hockey team:

nickneely

My dream team would be: Goalie: Dominik Hasek, Defense: Bobby Orr, Scott Stevens, Center: Wayne Gretzky, Right Wing: Cam Neely, Left Wing: Lucky Luc

WIS

If you had the power to replace Gary Bettman as commissioner, what is the first thing you would try to change?

nickneely

I Would have less expansion teams, and I'd bring back "bench-clearing brawls."

WIS

What is your favorite sports moment?

nickneely

When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup with Bobby Orr and when Boston eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs.

WIS

What is your favorite WIS moment?

nickneely

The opportunity to meet some really nice people on the website.

WIS

Which coaches, past or present, do you draw on for inspiration?

nickneely

Don Cherry, Scottie Bowman.

WIS

What is the most important thing to keep in mind while drafting?

nickneely

Good all around defense and at least two strong goal-scoring lines.

WIS

Are there any players in specific that you like to put on your team?

nickneely

Al Secord, Cam Neely, Cy Denney, Wayne Gretzky, Scott Stevens, Dominik Hasek.

WIS

Are there any players that you feel consistently under or overachieve?

nickneely

I feel that Al Secord is an overachiever and I feel that Johnny Bucyk is an under-achiever.

WIS

How do you go about setting your lines?

nickneely

Depends on what cap league I am in, but generally I simply have to consider who I am playing against.

WIS

Do you make transactions during the season? Why or why not?

nickneely

Sometimes, but I generally pick my teams knowing I would not want to make any further trades or changes.

WIS

Who are the users you respect and who challenge you the most?

nickneely

The most challenging users are: "Jackyl," "Nickhead," "16Vladimir" and "The Falcon." I respect everyone I play with.

WIS

What is your favorite aspect of SimLeague hockey?

nickneely

I enjoy the competition and friendship with all the users. It's great to know that there are so many other hockey-enthuasiasts like me out there.

WIS

If you could change anything about SimLeague hockey and/or the site, what would you change?

nickneely

I would like to see expensive players perform better than the average player.

WIS

If you were in one of our games, which sport would you play? At which position? And, how much would you cost?

nickneely

I would play hockey, my position would be Right Wing, and I would cost $8 million dollars (although my wife says I am worth more).

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