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The League

The Conn Smythe Corner is a fantasy hockey keeper league played on Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey.


The Commissioner of The Conn Smythe Corner is Steve Lyberopoulos. Lyberopoulos founded the League in September 2012. Gerardo Discepola (since 2013) and Matthew Taddeo (since 2018) serve as Co-Commissioners.

In January 2013, Gerardo Discepola and Charles L. Raizenne were named Co-Commissioners. On December 31, 2017, Matthew Taddeo was named interim Co-Commissioner, replacing Raizenne. On April 7, 2018, at the Second Annual Connies gala, Taddeo's interim status was removed and he was officially named Co-Commissioner.


The Conn Smythe Corner houses 16 professional fantasy franchises located throughout the United States and Canada.

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General Managers

Team General Manager Assistant Manager Joined Titles
Atlanta Flames Carlos Ranjan none 2015 0
Atlanta Thrashers Marco Scanlan Alessandro Power 2012 2 (2014, 2015)
Cleveland Barons Matthew Taddeo Nass 2012 1 (2018)
Colorado Rockies Steve Lyberopoulos Paul Santache

Charles Raizenne

2011* 1 (2016)
Kansas City Scouts Michael Nestorowich none 2012 0
Los Angeles Sharks Ian Gerard Joel Mullins 2017 0
Montreal Maroons Stephen Young Matt Litwin 2011* 0
Montreal Wanderers Gerardo Discepola none 2012 2 (2013, 2017)
Philadelphia Phantoms Mike Clement none 2018 0
Club Athlétique de Québec Matty Wilson none 2011* 0
Seattle Metropolitans Thibault Deneufbourg none 2015 0
Springfield Indians Alexandre Lajoie Adrien Khendek 2016 0
St. Louis Eagles Jonathan Di Betta none 2012 0
Toronto Arenas John Lenz none 2017 0
Vancouver Blazers Showrav Das none 2016 0
Vancouver Millionaires Andreas Lyberopoulos none 2013 0

Defunct Clubs & Retired Managers

Team General Manager Years Active Relocation
Baltimore Bandits Stephen Meterissian 2012 Columbus (2013)
Brooklyn Americans Jade Karim 2011*-2016 Vancouver (2016)
Miami Matadors Jake Murad 2011*-2015 Atlanta (2015)
Minnesota North Stars Alessandro Power 2012-2015 Seattle (2015)
New Haven Nighthawks Thomas O'Shea 2012 Cornwall (2013)
Columbus Chill Andreas Lyberopoulos 2013 Vancouver (2014)
California Golden Seals Charles Raizenne 2011*-2016 Springfield (2016)
Cornwall Aces Brahm Hurwitz 2013-2017 Toronto (2017)
Hartford Whalers Erik C-m 2011*-2017 Los Angeles (2017)
Philadelphia Quakers Simon ST 2011*-2018 None (2018)

* denotes Puttin' On The Foil


Each franchise is allowed to declare up to 23 players on its active roster (19 dressed, 4 bench) according to the following distribution:

  • 4x Centers (C)
  • 8x Wingers (W) - there is no distinction between LW/RW
  • 6x Defensemen (D)
  • 1x Goaltender (G)
  • 4x bench (BN)

In addition, franchises are afforded the following special designations:

  • 3x Injured Reserve +
    • day-to-day (DTD) eligible
  • 1x NA (Not Available)
    • players not active in the NHL

Regular Season

The season consists of ~21 matchups spanning approximately ~23 weeks. Teams play against every other team at least one time and participate in eight (8) out-of-conference matchups (1 matchup against every non-conference opponent) and in thirteen (13) in-conference matchups (at least 1 matchup against every conference opponent, 5 in-conference matchups randomized).

Two conferences, consisting of eight (8) teams each, are split into groups drafted by the previous season's finalists. The finalists are sorted into separate conferences before proceeding to draft teams into their own conference.

Please refer to the Conference Draft page for past results.


8 teams out of 16 qualify for the postseason in The Conn Smythe Corner. Conference leaders earn the #1 and #2 seeds, with the remaining 6 playoff teams determined by overall standings. Teams are re-seeded every round to ensure that the highest seeds respectively face the lowest remaining seeds.

Cam Ward Cup Playoffs

  • Round 1: Quarter-finals
    • #1 vs #8
    • #2 vs #7
    • #3 vs #6
    • #4 vs #5
  • Round 2: Semi-finals
    • [Winner #1] vs [Winner #4]
    • [Winner #2] vs [Winner #3]
  • Round 3: The Cam Ward Cup Final
    • [Winner A] vs [Winner B]

Please click here to view a list of past Cam Ward Cup winners.

North Stars Memorial Tourney

Starting in 2016-17, a Consolation Tournament, dubbed the North Stars Memorial Tourney (TM) was created for the 8 teams that did not qualify for the postseason. These 8 teams will face off in a bracket designed to determine final standings. The winner of the Consolation Tournament will earn the 9th overall pick in the following Draft, while the team eliminated in the lowest-seeded matchup will pick 16th overall.

  • Round 1: Quarter-finals
    • #9 vs #16
    • #10 vs #15
    • #11 vs #14
    • #12 vs #13
  • Round 2: Semi-finals
    • [Winner #1] vs [Winner #4]
    • [Winner #2] vs [Winner #3]
  • Round 3: The North Stars Memorial Final
    • [Winner A] vs [Winner B]

Please click here to view a list of past North Stars Memorial Tourney winners [and losers].


The draft takes place once a year in September, preceeding the start of the NHL season. There are 23 rounds and 16 teams selecting for a total of 368 picks.


The draft format is standard. Rounds 1 through 6 are snaking. Rounds 7 through 23 are standard and not snaking.


Based on the previous season's results, the League's draft order will be as follows:

  1. League Champion
  2. Runner-up
  3. Winner of 3rd place matchup
  4. Loser of 3rd place matchup
  5. to 8 determined by consolation bracket

9 to 16 are determined by the final results of the North Stars Memorial Tourney (TM).

Prospect Draft

At the conclusion of the 23-round Draft, a special 2-round Prospect Draft takes place. As of 2017-18, CSC franchises may now draft eligible Prospects and hold their rights over time, depending on their development and progression.

Please consult the Prospects page for more details.

PTO (Professional Try-Out) Draft

At the conclusion of The Prospect Draft, a special 1-round PTO (Professional Try-Out) Draft takes place. Teams take turns making one (1) selection from the eligible pool of undrafted players.

Please consult the PTO page for more details.

Draft Locations

  • 2012-13: online only
  • 2013-14: John Molson School of Business - Montreal, QC
  • 2014-15: John Molson School of Business - Montreal, QC
  • 2015-16: The Fun Barn - Hardwick, VT, USA
  • 2016-17: The Fun Barn - Hardwick, VT, USA
  • 2017-18: Domaine La Légende - St-Donat, QC
  • 2018-19: The Fun Barn - Hardwick, TV, USA

Draft Picks

During the offseason, and after Yahoo can no longer process trades, CSC clubs should refer to the Draft Picks page when discussing and completing trades involving draft picks.



Category Value
Goal (G) 6
Assist (A) 4
Plus/Minus (+/-) 2/-2
Penalty Minutes (PIM) 0.25
Powerplay Points (PPP) 2
Shorthanded Points (SHP) 4
Shots on Goal (SOG) 0.25
Faceoffs Won (FW) 0.25
Faceoffs Lost (FL) -0.25
Hits (HIT) 0.5
Blocks (BLK) 1


Category Value
Games Started (GS) 1
Wins (W) 5
Goals Against (GA) -3
Saves (SV)) 0.5
Shutouts (SHO) 10

Draft-Eligible Players

A list of draft-eligible players - excluding Keepers and Prospects - for The Seventh Draft (TM) may be downloaded here: Excel; Numbers. The players listed therein are the only ones eligible to be selected at the upcoming Seventh Draft (TM).


Please see the Keepers page for more detail.

General managers may keep anywhere from zero (0) to four (4) players each season according to the keeper rules and guidelines of the league.

Players are ascribed Tiers based off of where they were selected in the draft. These tiers denote their keeper status and the compensation required to keep them. Tiers range from A, players drafted in rounds 1 through 3, to D, including undrafted free agents. Compensation and caps vary from Tier to Tier.

In addition the above, there are certain allowances that GMs must keep in mind when declaring keepers. A maximum of two (2) centers (C), wingers (W), and defensemen (D) as well as one (1) goaltender (G) may be kept at any time in any keeper combination or scenario.

Players may be designated keepers for a maximum of three (3) seasons before being released to the draft.

Round 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Undrafted
Tier A B C D
Keeper Cost Round 2 Round 3 Round X-2 Round X
Maximum from Tier 1 player 1 player 2 players 4 players
Can keep other players? No Yes (3 total keepers) Yes (4 total keepers) Yes (4 total keepers)

*X = denotes the round in which the player was drafted.


Downgrade Waivers

Teams are permitted one (1) downgrade attempt per season, where they can attempt to reduce the compensation of one eligible prospective keeper.

Please consult the Downgrade Waivers page for more detail.

Offer Sheets

In the offseason, CSC clubs may sign one (1) Unprotected Player from an opposing team to an offer sheet. Clubs may only win one (1) offer sheet bid per offseason, and cannot bid on other Unprotected Players concurrently to an active bid or after a successful one. Compensation and premiums are determined by the Keeper's draft round.

The full process and details can be found on the Offer Sheets page.


A trade occurs, in order, under the following circumstances**:

  1. Two general managers agree to an exchange of players and/or draft picks
  2. The trade is reviewed by the Commissioner and Co-Commissioners
  3. The trade is approved by the Commissioner and Co-Commissioners
  4. The trade is officially allowed on Yahoo!
  5. Yahoo! processes the trade and players are assigned to their new, respective rosters.

** Notwithstanding any exceptional procedural regulations that will have been clearly communicated to all managers by the Commissioner. In that case, the aforementioned regulations communicated by the Commissioner supersede the trading steps indicated in this article.

Trade Review

Trade reviews are conducted in tandem by the Commissioner and Co-Commissioners and will produce a decision which will be rendered within a maximum of 48 hours after the trade's original announcement.

Commissioner Review

Once a trade is agreed to, the Commissioners privately vote on whether it should be allowed or disallowed. Although a vast majority of trades are instantaneously allowed, certain trades may be flagged by the Commissioner or Co-Commissioners for extensive review. Following this, the review process is launched and a decision is made on whether to allow or disallow the trade. The review process flows as such:

  1. A trade is flagged for additional review by the Commissioner or Co-Commissioners
  2. The Commissioners discuss the proposed trade and its perceived issue
  3. Input is sought out, if required, from one or both general managers
  4. This information is taken into consideration as the commissioners come to their verdict
  5. An announcement is posted

The Commissioners may contact the parties directly, before posting an announcement about a trade being disallowed, if they are of the view that the trade can be salvaged with minimal variation.

It is at the Commissioners' discretion to disallow a trade if it is believed that the transaction provides one of the parties with an unfair advantage that, in their judgment, threatens the competitive balance of the League. Therefore, the Commissioners will never disallow a trade because one team clearly "won". Vetoes are the worst-case scenario for any trade situation, and vetoes are only handed out in the most extreme of cases (or whenever the St. Louis Eagles are involved).

'Atlanta Rule'

In order to protect against predatory buying, the League introduced the 'Atlanta Rule' in the 2017-18 season. At all times, CSC franchises must comply with a two-part requirement when making trades that involve draft picks. Trades that render a team non-compliant will be automatically vetoed.

This Rule was developed by the Working Group For The Protection of Predatory Buying, which was composed of Commissioner Lyberopoulos, Toronto Arenas GM John Lenz, and consultant Alex Klein. The Rule is named in recognition of buying largesses executed by both of the League's franchises in Georgia.

A) Minimums

  • minimum 1 pick in either Round 1 or 2
  • minimum 3 picks in Tier A+B (total in Rounds 1-6)

B) Configurations

One of the following configurations must be respected, in addition to the minimums set out in Part A

  • 2 Tier A picks held
  • 1 Tier A pick held + 1x Round 4 pick held


The Conn Smythe Corner's waiver acquisition system works on the basis of a soft and hard cap budget via a minimum bid of $500,000 and incremental bid increases of $50,000 at a time.

The 2017-18 waiver cap was set to $33,000,000 (soft cap) / $41,000,000 (hard cap). Thus, the margin of allowance was set to $8,000,000

Please consult the Waivers page for full details on the implementation of the waiver budget system.


You may consult history about the League by clicking here: League History

Season Recaps

2012-13 CSC Season

2013–14 CSC season

2014–15 CSC season

2015–16 CSC season

2016-17 CSC Season

2017–18 CSC season


You may consult the League's records page by clicking here: League Records


You may consult comprehensive all-time manager statistics on the Managers page.


You may consult a comprehensive list of The League's awards on the Connies page.

Code of Conduct


While this is a fantasy hockey league that is not played for monetary gain, there are some expectations attached to being a general manager in The Conn Smythe Corner. The League seeks to create a serious fantasy sports environment while at the same time retaining the element of fun. General managers participating in the League are expected to recognize and respect the fact that commitment is a necessity to remaining a part of The Conn Smythe Corner. In addition to the above, general managers are expected to remain professional at all times with their peers and in the publication of press releases issued by a franchise's communications department.


General managers are expected to set their lineups on a regular basis. Should a general manager elect to be inactive in setting his lineup, the Commissioners have the right to flag him for offseason review. As a daily fantasy league, CSC franchises require continual and consistent maintenance.

League Dues

All general managers must support the continuing operation of the League by collectively accounting for any League-related cost. This is the only charge of admission into the CSC, as this is not a cash league, and any expenses or costs will be transparently detailed in full.

In 2015-2016, the League custom-built the Cam Ward Cup, purchased a custom scheduling algorithm, acquired a custom domain name for housing this wiki.


While there has always been and likely will always be intense scrutiny on the trade vetoing process, general managers are to refrain from publicly or privately lobbying for a position on a pending veto decision. In privatizing the process, the Commissioners have made it their goal to reduce any undue influence that may introduce external bias into the trade review process. Subjectivity will always be a component of trade review, but it is the League's intention to manage the impact of emotions and strong opinions on a sensitive process.


The Commissioners may choose to place any general manager on probation prior to the start of a CSC season. This will occur privately and it is meant to warn general managers in the event they have been any one or more of a) inactive in setting their lineup b) not actively participating in the League or c) have numerous outstanding complaints against them on the record that the Commissioners deem to be serious enough so as to warrant an official warning.