It’s almost time! The first LGHL season of NHL 18 is starting this Sunday on October 15th.
What is LGHL? It is the largest online 6v6 hockey league in the world. If you’re looking for a competitive EASHL league then you need to get involved in LG! You won’t regret it.
You may recall I wrote an LGHL Beginner’s Guide earlier this year, during my first season.
The guide linked above goes more in-depth but I’ll just do a quick recap on how to get involved and what to expect.
1. Go here (link opens a new tab)
2. If you’re on Xbox then click “Register/Log in with Xbox” or if you’re on PS4 then click the “No, create an account now.” radio button and continue with Sign up
You are now signed up and will be part of the CHL bidding that starts on October 12th. Bidding is how team owners “draft” their players. There is a big pool of all available players and team owners can bid on them in an auction house like format where the highest bidder will earn the rights to that player.
*Bidding lasts for 2 days and even if you sign up during bidding you are still entered into the bidding pool
Getting Bid On
If you’re signing up for the LGHL for the first time and also don’t know anyone who is already involved then the chances of you being bid on are slim to none. Why would someone bid on you if they have no idea how good you are? Simple answer, they wouldn’t.
With that said, there are ways to be scouted by team owners and increase your chances of being bid on.
The league Commissioner, Brodie McDonald, put up a great video tutorial on how to sign up for scouting games:
If you want to get bid on then it’s important you get involved in some scouting games and get to know some of the team managers.
What if you don’t want to get bid on? That’s easy, make a post telling everyone that you expect to be bid on.
Not everyone will get bid on. There are thousands of players on LG and even if you get involved in some scouting games you might not make it into a regular roster spot but don’t worry! After bidding, all remaining players are randomly assigned to a team’s training camp(TC).
You can think of the training camp as a list of substitute players, every team has their own TC players. When a regular roster player can’t make a game then one of the TC players will need to be called up. You will find this happens quite often throughout the season.
The most important thing while on TC is to make sure you keep adding your availability and just be generally active with your team. TC’s are almost always needed for team practices and if you do well in practice then there is a good chance you will be high on the call-up list.
Check out my LGHL Beginners Guide for more info on getting into the lineup.
My Quick Review
LGHL season 27 was my first experience in the league and I can say 100% that signing up for it was the best
NHL related decision that I’ve ever made. The only times I’ll be playing other NHL modes is if I need content from them or if my LGHL team doesn’t have any games/practices going on. It feels very much like you’re on an actual hockey team except you don’t need to leave your house. No driving out to early morning practices in the freezing cold.
If you want to experience hockey as it should be played, as a team sport, then sign up for LGHL. It’s never too late! Even if you don’t see this until after the 15th you can still sign up and you’ll be randomly assigned to a team’s training camp right away.
For season 28 I’ll be playing the second season of my 2 season contract with the Victoria Royals. See ya on the ice!