Archive for March, 2012

2012Mar 19

SPADHL: Websimhockey Wrap Up

Websimhockey and SPAD: Wrap up first year

By SPAD Blogger Adam Johnston

The third and fourth year business of hockey class has just concluded its Websim Hockey assignment that was described in a previous article. If you didn’t read that article, Websim Hockey is essentially an online simulation of being an NHL general manager. 24 students from the Business of Hockey class each assumed the role of GM of an NHL team and controlled the hockey operations aspects as well as the business functions of the team.

In approximately 3 months, there were 4 seasons simulated in Websim Hockey. GMs were responsible for nearly every aspect of an NHL team including changing lines, trading and signing players as well as setting ticket prices, making arena modifications and investing into different marketing decisions such as market development and advertising.

GMs took very different approaches to managing their respective teams. Some GMs would be at the top of salary cap threshold every season while others would try to cut costs and as a result put an inferior product on the ice. When looking at the final financial standings, it appears that the teams that spent the extra money to obtain quality players were rewarded financially most through playoff revenue, and those who did not open their “wallets” lost fans and therefore lost ticket revenue.

It is important to mention those in the class that won a Websim Cup, mostly because I am one of them.  Other winners include Geoff Gascon, Garrett Hamel and Jeff Tremblay. Eric Lachapelle representing the Montreal Canadiens was far and away the most successful on the financial side of things (not to mention he knocked the professors out the playoffs 2 years running!), with Geoff Wolfer and Jeff Tremblay also being very successful financially.

Websim Hockey provided an educational as well as very fun experience that I would recommend to all. As for the accuracy of the game, the simulation seemed very realistic as the Toronto Maple Leafs finished in nearly last place every year.



2012Mar 15

SPAD 2012 4th Year Consulting Trip: We are off to Denver!!

SPAD Heads to Denver!

By SPAD Blogger Andrew Berlingieri

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is that time of year again; the Sports Administration program is taking its talents to Denver, Colorado. The Sport Consulting class is one of the most anticipated things to reach in SPAD program. When Field Trip is first mentioned in first year it seems mythical, like one will never get there. For the graduating class of 2012 that week has finally come. The fourth year students will be leaving this coming Friday for the annual SPAD Sport Consulting Trip.

This year’s trip to the Mile High City will feature SPAD fourth year students delivering presentations to major sports teams in the Denver area. These teams include the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Mammoth, and the Colorado Rockies. The students are asked to put their knowledge together and develop strategies, or plans that focus on solving specific real issues facing the organizations. A lot of hard work, and long nights have been put into these presentations so that SPAD’s true aptitude can be put on display. Once the presentations are complete the group will have the chance to relax, take in a Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche game and see what other adventures Denver has to offer.

As much as the trip is meant for the fourth years to apply their knowledge and consult in a professional, real world environment, it is just as much about celebrating their four years of hard work. The class of 2012 has earned this trip as a reward of four successful years in the SPAD program. SPAD wishes you a safe, and fun-filled trip and show the Mile High City what SPAD has to offer.

2012Mar 12

Annual SPAD Bowling-Highlights

SPAD Bowling 2012

By SPAD Blogger Adam Johnston

 On February 29th to celebrate Leap Year Day, SPAD students tried their hand at bowling. The student council ran the event and approximately 40 SPAD students came out to participate in the festivities. SPAD Bowling has become an annual event known for its shenanigans; this year most certainly did not disappoint. Listed below is what you missed if you didn’t have the chance to attend.

Preparation and Hydration- A new addition to the SPAD Bowling tradition featured the athletes (students) to gather in the games room for hydration purposes. The students played pool and Ping-Pong while others focused on mentally prepared for the evening’s activities.
Hey Laddy, Laddy Laddy– As per most events where SPAD students travel together, things were a little rowdy on the bus ride over. The main cause of this was the prestigious “Hey Laddy, Laddy, Laddy” chant. For those of you who don’t know, this chant attempts to publicly ridicule someone else on the bus. Honourable mentions for best Laddys go out to Jeff Howlett, Cassidy Stewart and Brianne Pankoff.
Scott Rodger’s Birthday Party– To provide a little extra fun, the lanes were booked under Scott Rodgers’ name and the reason provided was that it was his birthday party which only happens every 4 years (But it really was not!). This allowed for many jokes at Scott’s expense given the  throughout the eventing.
Beauticians in Training– SPAD Bowling gave the first years another chance to become part of the SPAD family. The frosh got a first hand experience of how much fun SPAD events are.  Frosh participation in upcoming events is highly encouraged.
When the students returned to the university, all eligible flocked to the local watering hole that is the Pub Downunder. Glory stories were exchanged and battle wounds compared. Needless to say, the evening created some legends as well as stories that will last for years to come in the SPAD family.