How to run a NHL Playoff Square Pool

**Step 1**

Print the square grid from above and print these directions from the link below.

**Step 2**

Sell each square for a set dollar amount until all squares are full, a player may buy as many squares as they wish. Once the player pays for the squares they are to write their name in the squares of their choice.

**Step 3**

Once all the squares are full it is time to set up the drawing. Write down all the teams that are in the Eastern Conference playoffs on separate pieces of paper and place them in a hat(or something similar). Draw the teams one at a time, placing the first team drawn in the first gray square on the top row, then draw the second team's name placing it in the second gray square in the top row, continue this until all of the teams have been drawn. After that is complete write down all the teams that are in the Western Conference playoffs on separate pieces of paper and place them in a hat(or something similar). Draw the teams one at a time, placing the first team drawn in the first gray square in the left column, continue this until all of the teams have been drawn.

**Step 4**

Now is time for the fun!! This pool lasts for the entire playoffs, in the end there will be one square that wins the prize pool. After each playoff series you will find the losing team on the grid and place an "X" in all of the squares below that teams name(if Eastern Conference) or all of the squares beside that teams name(if Western Conference). Eventually all of the squares will be crossed out except for 1, this is the winning square. This square will be the intersecting square of the two teams playing for the championship. The championship game is of no importance in this pool.