Friday, October 16, 2015

50/50 KNOCKOUT POOL - Payment Made, Thank You Very Much, How About Another??

I made the trip out to drop off the winning funds from the hockey pool to the highly skilled winner.  Congratulations Dave.  Six for six...what can I say.

Actually, what I did say is "That went way too quick....I should do another".

And so, I think I will.

I'll have details on Monday, but it'll essentially be a "restart".  You can keep the picks you've already made (and therefore just pay the entry fee) or you can change your picks via the modified entry form (which will be made available Monday).  Either way, it'll be a second chance to prove your hockey IQ is tops.

And it'll be a second chance to raise some funds for the Alberta Children's Hospital.

With the donation made tonight, we are at 20% of our $700us goal.  An awesome start to this fundraising campaign.  Thank you all very much.

And.....make sure you stay tuned to this blog over the next week for yet another reason.  I'll give you a hint:


I'll have more details soon but what I can share is that I have received some spectacular gifts from various companies and organizations that will be passed along to YOU - the very generous donors out there who will make this fundraising effort a huge success.

We are gearing up for an epic video game marathon on Saturday, November 7.  Should be fun.

Monday, October 12, 2015

50/50 KNOCKOUT POOL - We Have A Winner!!!

Well, I neglected to update things on Sunday because there was no winner - although we were knocked down to our final two.

Monday was the first true head-to-head night and it only took tonight's action to give us our final result.

Both Dave and Dan had gone 5-for-5 up to this point (an incredible task considering most didn't get past night one) and Dave's pick of the New York Islanders (his fave team) got him through one more time.

It was then up to Dan for the late game in which Vancouver met up with Anaheim.  He chose the Ducks....a solid choice - after all, they did get further in the playoffs last season and come in as the stronger team.

But you play the games for a reason.

The Canucks, led by stellar goaltending from Ryan Miller, held the game tied 1-1 through to a shootout.  Vancouver took the extra point and Dan was eliminated.

So it a hearty congratulations to Dave who is the winner of the $85 pot.  You will hear from me tomorrow regarding payment.

The other half of the total money will be donated to the Alberta Children's Hospital through Kyle's Extra Life donation page (which you can find on the right hand side of the screen).  And at the end of the day, that's the real winner.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to participate.  Had I'd known things would have progressed so quickly, I would have modified things a bit.  But I really appreciate each of you taking the time to fill out an entry (or in Dave and Dan's case - five).

Nicely done Dave!

Friday, October 9, 2015

50/50 KNOCKOUT POOL - Day 3

Way to go Los Angeles.  Knocked almost everyone out with one fell swoop.

The Kings were easily defeated by the Arizona Coyotes and we lost 8 more entries in our 50/50 Knockout Pool.  I have a feeling we will be crowning a winner before the end of the long weekend.

Sorry guys for having you go though all that work filling out a month's worth of picks.  I guess a week's worth would have sufficed.

3 entries remain

And when I say 3 entries.....I really mean 2 people - since two of the entries remaining are from the same person.  It's head-to-head time.

And I can guarantee that we will not crown a winner tomorrow since all three chose Washington to win.  So I'll be back Sunday to update - and possibly announce a winner.'re still in.'ve got two left in the race.

Good luck guys.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

50/50 KNOCKOUT POOL - Day 2

There were more games on tap tonight, and with that - more options.

That might have been the reason why we only knocked out 3 more from this 50/50 pool.

Minnesota, with it's crazy third period comeback, gave us our final numbers for the night.  And when the dust settled we had most moving forward.

11 entries remain.

Can we get through the long weekend?  Will this thing end before it really even begins?  I don't even think Washington has played yet?

Stay tuned for nightly updates until we have a winner.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


The puck has dropped on a new hockey season and that means the Kyle 4or Kids 50/50 NHL Knockout Pool has officially begun.

I just want to sincerely thank all of you who decided to participate.  I received 40 entries in total, some as an individual "one-off" and a few took the big plunge and went for the "5 for $20" option.  The 40 entries total $170 which means that $85 will be forwarded to the Kyle 4or Kids fundraiser.  All of that money will be going to the Alberta Children's Hospital.  THANK YOU!!!

NOTE:  I just did the currency conversion.  Ugh.  $85cdn=$65us  Better than nothing though.

That leaves the other $85 which is up for grabs starting tonight.

There were a number of people commenting that the first night was a tough one...and that held true big time.

So how did you all do?  About two-thirds of the entries have already been knocked out.  YIKES!!!  We might have a winner by the weekend if things continue this way.

14 entries remain.  

With seven games on tap Thursday, we are sure to lose a few more.

Stay tuned to this blog for daily updates until we crown a winner.

Thanks very much again for taking the time to participate.