On November 7, 2005, I registered DobberHockey.com as a domain and immediately transferred my web page over to the new url, effectively launching what would become the best damn fantasy hockey site on the Internet. Let’s take a look back at what the site looked like over the years, some of the older features, and how the community has grown. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll just shake your head and wonder “what the hell was Dobber thinking?”. But it brought us to where we are today.
Thank you Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow.
Yep, you heard me. Er, read me. Because – no lockout, no DobberHockey. Simple as that.
I was writing for The Hockey News since November of 2001 (and I still do today). The lockout, unfortunately, forced the publication to let some people go. They hung in there for a few months, but when the season was officially cancelled in late January of 2005, some cuts had to happen. Included in the cuts was their web editor. I still did weekly articles throughout the lockout, not wanting to lose my precious spot when the NHL returned, but I had to start submitting to Adam Proteau. When the NHL returned, I resumed my monthly Fantasy Rankings (yes, the one you still see today on THN and here). The problem was – Adam didn’t know how to post them. I solved this by taking my free web page from my provider and posting them there. I then linked to them from each column I gave THN.
Traffic started to build, and I started tossing my thoughts up and archiving my THN columns there. Prior to the lockout, I had also been helping out with the Fantasy Sports Network and Pool Expert, and it was those guys (not the current owners, as they have since sold the business – but I’ll give their new endeavor a plug: Filemobile.com) who encouraged me to get a domain. I tried to get dobber.com, but it was taken.
Here is an early look at this site back in late 2005/early 2006: