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October is the perfect storm for American sports fans: Baseball fans have the World Series, basketball fans have the opening games of the season, and football fans are just getting a good look at the playoff scenario. Against this triple threat, hockey fans (especially those in the United States) tend to get the short end of the stick, so to speak. ESPN is bucking that trend: today they posted the very first build of the network's official Fantasy Hockey app to the Play Store.

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If you're into fantasy sports, this is familiar territory for you: get a bunch of fans together, form a league, have a draft, then watch your digital player simulacrums duke it out week to week. The Android app has all of the major features of ESPN's online Fantasy Hockey service, including live fantasy scores, starting/benching players, adding or dropping players, and trading with fellow league members. There's a league message board and the typical sports coverage and fantasy-flavored analysis that seems to be standard for fantasy apps.

The app itself seems to conform more to ESPN's own televised interface than Holo, and it also includes in-network advertising, but it's bad form to complain too loudly for a free service and app. ESPN Fantasy Hockey is available for Android devices running 2.3 or later.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Matt

    I'm in a Yahoo league, but it's nice to see the ESPN fantasy guys finally getting an app. Now if only the Yahoo Hockey app took some design cues from the football one instead of just being updated with new players every year (for the past 3 years at least).

  • RapsFan

    There is still no ESPN Fantasy Basketball App for Android. Would love to see that get made. Strange they went with Hockey first, oh well.

  • barefootbandit8

    Where is the fantasy basketball app? There's football, baseball and even hockey. WTF?!

    • arrigob

      They do have a fantasy basketball app, its just for itunes only, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/espn-fantasy-basketball/id396764924?mt=8.

    • arrigob

      I have been emailing them and complain about their lack of support for Android, you should do the same. The iphone app for fantasy football has live snake draft and all but it will probably take two years to make it to Android. ESPN fantasy mobile support blows!

  • NJallDay

    yes! I'm in a fantasy hockey league for the first time this year and was so mad there wasn't an app. At the very least I would've thought they'd have a TSN branded one (they're draft client is TSN branded). This is super useful, GO DEVILS!

    • NJallDay

      sorry, meant their*

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