Stanley Cup Playoffs and your BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 30 Apr 2010 07:33 am
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The playoffs are well underway and you can feel the Lower Mainland come alive with hockey fever. For me, it’s nice to see such a diverse community come together to cheer on our hockey team. Team colours worn by pedestrians, car flags go whizzing by, horns honking and drunken fans making fools of themselves; that is hockey! Are you sporting a playoff beard? I’m not and yes, I know, I’m bad for not doing so. The Canucks beat the LA Kings in game 6 and are now moving to round two and one step closer towards the Cup.

During the games, it’s fun to turn to Twitter and see what comments are being made, regardless if they are for or against your team. Though your friends may not be on the couch or at the arena with you, BlackBerry Messenger is there to capture every quip made. What else can you do with your BlackBerry to feed your hockey fanaticism? Perhaps dress is up in your teams colours or even use hockey sound effects as your alert tones. But, what about apps? There are a lot of applications out there that you can use to show off your pride, your knowledge and your passion.

The following apps should help you enjoy the playoffs in style, whether you catch it on TV, the radio or even through your friends. Before the puck drops, have a read and try them out for yourself.

Idunno passes to Whatshisname…

If you’re just getting into the game, it may be embarrassing if you don’t know who plays for whom, their position, number and so on. Terminology may be mixed up as well:

“Hey I heard the Canucks got three goals in the second inning…”

Okay well, it probably won’t be that bad…hopefully. Before you are laughed out of the den, grab your BlackBerry and bone up on your hockey knowledge. One obvious choice for Verizon customers is the NHL Ice Time 2010 application. Users can check out live scores, player profiles, schedules and other information. There is also a feature called Ice Tracker, which allows you to see a virtual rink with goals, saves and hits from games. The premium version adds on live game radio, video highlight reels and more. The premium version costs you $2.99.

Alternatively, everyone who isn’t on Verizon can have look at The Hockey News. This application also nabs you live hockey scores, stats and schedules. Plus, you get detailed team info and opinions from the sportswriters. The Hockey News is free.

Perhaps you want to have a more personal look at the game… then you should scour for apps focused on your team. Let’s say I wanted to look at for example...oh gee…. I don’t know…the Canucks. I probably won’t find any- oh look at this, the Canucks app! Fans can check out Canuck multimedia, message boards and up to the minute news. The app is also supposed to allow you to “go inside the locker room”. No not like that, I mean to check out the player. No, not like that, I mean…never mind. The Canucks app is free.

Game Time

Now that your noggin is full of critical hockey knowledge, it’s game time. If you’re lucky enough, you may be able to pick up some tickets. Download the Ticketmaster application to help you get into the game. You will gain access to special events and reserved tickets, on top of being able to buy tickets for various events and look for seating. You’ll be able to see ticket pricing and associated charges, so you know what you are paying for. Ticketmaster application is free.

Some hockey fans prefer to stay at home and watch it on the big (or small) screen. Make sure you stock up on snacks and drinks, or else you’ll end up in the penalty box. The next thing you know, you’re stuck making a beer run, while your friends are sitting on your couch, in front of your TV and watching your team win. If this happens to you, you have two options:

Option one is to record and watch later. I’ve mentioned TiVo DVR Scheduler before in previous articles, but I think that this fits in nicely. Even before the game starts, you can search and program from your BlackBerry. With multiple search options, you can even schedule it to record other shows in case someone in your house, for whatever reason, doesn’t like to watch hockey. TiVo DVR Scheduler is free.

Option two is to take it with you, so you can cheer on your team while you are in the store grabbing Cheetos, Nachos and Dip and beverages. SlingPlayer Mobile is your window to recorded or live TV, as long as you have a Slingbox at home. This app also doubles as another remote control and recording scheduler. SlingPlayer mobile is available for $29.99, but does have a 30 day free trial available.

Fan Fun

Do you and your co-workers or friends have a hockey pool going? Want to find an easier way to keep track of your fantasy team? Check out MyFantasyTeams. This app allows you to manage your selected players, as well as view scores, injuries, standings and news. It’s designed to work with Yahoo! FantasySports, making use of their Stats Tracker. You can also check out pool standings, read or post messages and make notes. MyFantasyTeams is available for $3.99.

Think you have the best slap shot? The Speedhero app dares you to prove it. Using your BlackBerry, you can measure the speed of your shot by capturing the initial contact with the puck and the sound of the puck hitting the target (i.e. your garage door). BlackBerry App world has a lite and premium version ($4.99) available. I honestly don’t see any difference between the two, so go with the lite version.

There you have it folks - time to start painting your faces and throw on your jerseys. What are you using to follow your team? I know I missed a few (Score Mobile, Sportsnet, etc), but this post would be so long that by the time you finished reading it, the playoffs would be over. Oh and for you Canucks fans, here is a link to a theme song - brought to you by the Kid Carson Show at the Beat 94.5

47 comments

PensHockey

Got the NHL app. AWESOME!!!!

serpico

I did a search on my 9700 for canucks and nothing came up. The link in the article to appworld is the only way and the reviews are negative in regards to how it works. Why RIM does this, I don't know.

I have the iTouch app and it's pretty nice.

UPDATE: I'm on Telus and this app is not available for 9700 customers. WTF?! I'm in Vancouver! The Author of this article should update that paragraph reflecting this.

doughboyy

it says the 9700 isn't covered but if you download the 9000 version, it works on the 9700. The mobile team confirmed it as well

JJGeneral1

and it rocks!!! it's real time, play by play, stats tracking, team statistics, etc. well worth the price of FREE!!!!

Hangslow

Cool app. Just wish the Cap culdve won tht last game :(

flyersfan76

I sure would like a goal horn as my ring tone or other alert. Sadly I can not find a "Bettman Sucks" chant audio file.

Great article nonetheless. I didn't know the NHL played nice with the Blackberry ;)

bek816

Any way to get the NHL app without being a Verizon customer?

Nmbr13

Unfortunatly if you look carefully at the "Supported Carriers", then under that it says "All Carriers Except" and then all carriers are listed with the exception of Verizon.

bek816

I tried going through App World, but as a Telus customer, I can't download it :(

flyersfan76

Sorry all. I have eyes but they do not see apparently. I usually use an rss feed through viigo and try to stay away from anything that is NHL official since they slant everything they post to fit there agenda.

ericlc2

I made a new group for those with hockey fever on BBM check here, http://forums.crackberry.com/f159/nhl-fans-461938/#post5059257

Dr.Boost

Make for a completely worthless app. Says not tested on this device may not be accurate....or did they mean it wont work right at all. :( I want my ten minutes back.

dvigue

i started a BBM group in the social networking thread with another pens fan. if you are a pens fan join us for some chatting during the games!!!!

http://forums.crackberry.com/f51/hey-pittsburgh-penguins-fans-461945/

flyersfan76

Is this other Pens fan little Gary Bettman? If not I will join when he joins. Keep us all posted.

msweet#CB

2 great free apps not listed here are "ScoreMobile" and "versus Hockey"

tony bag o donuts

and PK's Flyers won.....

God I love playoff hockey!!!

glinc

Who watches hockey when there's NBA playoffs and baseball season going? lol

flyersfan76

What is this NBA people are talking a'boot?

sd.87

wait, people watch baseball??

jclif

Theres a Hockey group if anyone is interested in joining. just send me a PM or my Pin is in my profile. GO BLACKHAWKS!!!!

c_86

Got a canucks themes for everyone!! check it out here:

http://c86themes.com/2010/04/28/van/

HockeyBerry21

Checkout the following link for some hockey sounds.

http://www.2khockey.net/downloads/filesystem/index.php?&direction=0&orde... Horns and Songs/NHL Team Horns and Songs/Colorado Avalanche

thebrownguy01

Does anyone know how we get Stanley10 added on our BBM list?

thebrownguy01

Nevermind, I found it. Add Stanley10 to BBM using pin: 3118A78B

jclif

what/who is Stanley10?

thenooge

Die hard Minnesota Wild fan here, sure our team was mediocre at best in parts of this season, but the Cannucks still suck!!! That is all ... oh, wait, go, I dunno, blackhawks I guess ... LOL!

Drootz

I have 3 must have Hockey Apps they are

1. NHL Ice Time 2010

2. The Hockey News

3. SJ Sharks Mobile site here's a BB launcher for it at this link below

http://edlindustries.com/downloads/launchers/sjsharks/sjsharks.jad

GO SHARKS!

Oh and the TiVO app is my all time favorite! Works Great!

Yosaki

I live in Vancouver and I love how Crackberry posts something about my city! =)

Canuuuckks allll the wayyyy!

unorthodoxneon

Since nobody else will say it... GO WINGS!!

STYLN

All you Pens fans better head out to the store and grab sum Pepto......its UPSET SEASON BOYS!!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!! GO HABS!!!

Martini2030

Verizon lies out of their ass on the commercials stating that NHL Ice Time 2010 is only available through them because I have SPRINT and have been rocking it via Blackberry App World since right after the olympics. Pretty pathetic Verizon, lying douche bags!!! HAHAHAHA! GO BLACKHAWKS

Aztek13

Go Canucks, Go!

I have the Canucks' app along with the Score Mobile app. Both are great, just like the Canucks! :D

sher_zx6r

Let's Go Pens!! All Penguin, Steeler fans add me....30C8EA80

JOHNNREES

PENS ARE GOING TO BE CHAMPS AGAIN SOO SORRY HABS FANS

Meldiane

I am a non vzw customer and it works on my sprint tour!

jyarusso

any way you could tell us how you were able to get it on the Sprint Tour? I tried going through app world and it said that my carrier was unsupported.

Thanks

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