It is with some sadness that I have decided after 10 years to retire John's Hockey Pool. I want to thank all those who have participated in my pool throughout the years. I have enjoyed getting to know some new people and appreciated your willingness in joining my passion for NHL hockey. When I first started, most participants were from southern Alberta and it has been amazing to see it spread over North America through the years, basically through word of mouth. It has been humbling and exciting all at the same time.
My reasons for retirement are many, but one of the key ones has been time, or the lack there of for me to continue to develop the pool and add the features I planned for. It Is amazing how priorities change throughout your life, and unfortunately the pool does not get the attention from me anymore that it deserves. I have always tried to produce an experience for participants that they can enjoy and want to come back too year after year. However, I am afraid that without continual development of the pool, the experience will be lacking and not to the standards I have set for myself and what participants may expect. Web technologies are constantly evolving, and I am finding it increasingly difficult to have the time to stay on top of them to build the best possible experience. I always want to ensure that if you are going to take a chance at throwing money at some guy's hockey hobby, it was at least worth your time.
I have always been grateful for all who have participated in the pool. Without any of you, John's Hockey Pool would not exist, and I thank you all for your continued support through the years. Most of all, I want to thank my family. From Mac who helped to develop logo's for the site, to Linda for putting up with my pacing when I was worried nobody was going to enter the pool, to Madison who rolled her eyes at me every time I complained "The Save John Fund ain't saving squat." You all have helped me enjoy this experience.
So with that, thank you, stay safe and healthy. And go Flames!