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User Interview: Quinet

Q&A with noted SimLeague Hockey user Quinet

We recently contacted veteran user Quinet to discuss SimLeague Hockey, judo, Canada, the Canucks, coca-cola and much more .

WIS

Who is Quinet?

Quinet

I am a Canadian, born in Montreal, home in Vancouver, who is currently managing the Web and publications team of a major international non-profit organization in Berlin, Germany..

WIS

Canadian, eh? How did you learn "aboot" WhatIfSports.com and our SimLeagues?

Quinet

I saw an ad on NHL.com.

WIS

It looks like you have only played SimLeague hockey. Why hockey? Why not anything else?

Quinet

I have been a hockey fanatic since my uncle took me as a child to see a game in the Montreal Forum. I might be the only guy on WIS who has actually seen Maurice Richard play on the ice. Hockey is life. In my working life I have to build a team out of rookies and veterans, high-skill and low-skill, hard workers and slackers. I need to know who’s good on face-offs. I need to know who's going to dig in the corners. I need to know who's a finisher and who's a quitter. And I need to create an environment where they all respect and support one another and have fun. Trust me, WIS Hockey is a lot simpler…

WIS

I trust you, believe me WIS hockey shouldn't lead to missing teeth and broken bones to which is good - keyword is shouldn't. Besides SimLeague hockey and WIS in general, what are some of your other interests and hobbies?

Quinet

I have a black belt in Judo and was formerly a Judo instructor. I love photography. My photos are all public domain under Creative Commons and there are thousands of them all over the Web. But right now I'm living and working in Berlin and I would say Berlin is my biggest hobby - I can't get enough of the place!

WIS

Hockey fan and black belt? Not to self - make sure Quinet enjoys games. Do not make him mad...I am giving you the ability to sit at a table and have a roundtable discussion with five people. Any five, past or present, does not need to be related to sports. Who are you sitting with?

Quinet

William James and John Dewey, founders of the school of philosophy known as "Pragmatism". Rosa Luxembourg and Karl Liebkneckt, two Berliners who never wavered in their opposition to war. They were both killed by Nazis. And finally John Ferguson Sr., who was also, in his own way, a fighter for justice…

WIS

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

Quinet

Let me say the cup-winning Canadiens of 1967-69. I also loved the Canadiens of the 1970's. But today I'm a Canucks fan…

WIS

What players did you admire most growing up?

Quinet

Beliveau, Cournoyer, Mickey Redmond, Dickie Duff, plus a lot of unsung heroes like Provost and Backstrom - these guys live forever.

WIS

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

Quinet

First time I ever went skating, my mother put some skates on me and dropped me off at the rink, which was a nearby park that had been hosed until frozen. I fell pretty badly and hurt myself, and tried to walk home in my skates, except I lived at the bottom of a steep hill. So I had to slide home on my bum. I was six years old - I didn’t put skates on again until I was 12. But I played every other sport I could.

WIS

Build your all-time dream hockey team:

Quinet

Beliveau, Cournoyer, and Gilles Tremblay. Pete Mahovlich, Frank Mahovlich, and Maurice Richard. Lemaire, Shutt, and Lafleur. Checking line Gainey, Backstrom, and John Ferguson. On D, Larry Robinson, J.C. Tremblay, Doug Harvey, Guy Lapointe, Chris Chelios, and yes, gotta do it, Bobby Orr. In net, Gump Worsely and Roberto Luongo..

WIS

What is your favorite sports moment?

Quinet

In fact my favorite sports moment is one of my own. I used to volunteer as a sports facilitator at a correctional facility for minors. The rule was that no one was permitted to kick the basketball in the gym. One of the guards, who was a real swine, kicked the basketball very hard, and it struck one of the kids in the head. There was an uproar. The guard apologized, and said look, to make amends here’s what I’ll do. Everyone gets the chance to throw the basketball from the centre dot. If anyone makes a basket, I’ll buy everyone a Coke. Now Coke was a huge treat in this place, and the kids never got it. So they tried very hard, but all 20 or so of them missed. As the last ball missed, they started shouting for me to have a try. I swished it in one throw, the guard had to buy everyone a Coke, and I was a hero. Very satisfying moment.

WIS

I can imagine that was satisfying. Good for you! How about your favorite WIS moment?

Quinet

Right now I'm in a progressive league. I've spent 8 seasons building up a team through the draft every year. This year it's all paying off and I'm in first place. I don't usually play to win, I play because I'm a stats junkie and I can somehow visualize my teams - they come to life for me, even the all minor-league teams.

WIS

Interesting. So what is your general strategy for SimLeague for building teams? What is the most important thing to keep in mind while drafting?

Quinet

My record is so abysmal I won't answer that for fear of misleading others.

WIS

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

Quinet

You can't go wrong with Johnny Bucyk. I also like Steve Larmer. I make it a policy never to have Gretzky or Lemieux on any of my teams.

WIS

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

Quinet

The great defensive players are not recognized for their skills by WIS. I find the checking lines don't work, and shadowing players just doesn't work in WIS like it did in real life hockey. Two players who over-achieve are John Cullen and Chris Gratton.

WIS

You mentioned the lines - your checking line specifically. How do you go about setting your lines?

Quinet

I usually go with high-D players, but in the new version that doesn't work. So I'm experimenting with one scorer, one guy with high assists, and one guy with high D-rating.

WIS

Well good luck with that, hopefully it works for you. What are your thoughts on roster moves? Do you make transactions during the season? Why or why not?

Quinet

If I have a good player who is normally well-regarded but who has a poor +/- rating on my team, I put it down to a personality conflict and trade him off.

WIS

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

Quinet

All the regular players are good guys just trying to while away some spare time. I respect courtesy more than a winning record.

WIS

What is your favorite aspect of SimLeague hockey?

Quinet

It gets my head out of my very demanding job and into my boyhood.

WIS

How about your least favorite aspect of SimLeague hockey?

Quinet

I hate it when someone uncovers a glitch and relies on it. I'm glad WIS is fixing some of the problem areas, like the way the old-timers used to dominate.

WIS

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

Quinet

When I look at the super-realistic NHL games my sons are playing on their game consoles, I know that sooner or later the stats side of WIS is going to have to merge with the visual side of today's video games. I want to be able to carefully draft my dream team in WIS, then put them on the ice in a video game. At the very least I want video highlights as well as the boxscore for my WIS leagues. I can get that on NHL.com, when’s that coming to WIS???

WIS

We will let you know when that happens. Thanks a lot for your time Quinet and good luck in life and in WIS.

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