What's the KKUPFL?

The Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League

The Keeping Karlsson Ultimate Patron Fantasy League is the most fun and competitive Fantasy Hockey League in the world, and where the best and most dedicated fantasy hockey managers compete for ultimate fantasy glory. It's run by Elan Dubrofsky and Brian Kom, hosts of the world's longest-running fantasy hockey podcast, the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast.

Climb the KKUPFL Pyramid πŸ§—

The KKUPFL has several ranked tiers, organized like a pyramid. Tier 1, the Championship Tier, has one division; Tier 2 has two divisions, Tier 3 has three divisions, and so on. Managers are promoted, relegated and placed into a ranked tier with other similarly skilled managers according to their performance in the previous season (new managers enter the KKUPFL at the ground level tier).

Become the Ultimate Champion πŸ†

The goal of the most competitive KKUPFL managers is to ascend to Tier 1 by earning promotions each season, where they compete against the world's best for the title of KKUPFL Ultimate Champion, the highest honour in fantasy hockey.

Read the full rules here. More the auditory type? Listen to Elan and Brian explain everything you need to know about the KKUPFL in our Season 7 launch episode.

The Overview

  • Yahoo head-to-head points scoring format.

  • 18-man rosters

  • Regular season plus 6-team playoff and consolation brackets

  • Division champs can be promoted as many as 3 tiers higher for the following season. 2nd-4th place managers may be promoted as many as 2 tiers higher.

  • The manager with the most fantasy points total in all of the KKUPFL earns a direct promotion to Tier 1 for the next season, via our Fast Track mechanism.

New to Yahoo Fantasy? Learn more about how to use the platform with our handy tutorial video.


Why is KKUPFL the best?

Competitive and Accessible

βš™οΈ Find your skill level

    • Match up against similarly skilled managers through our ranked tiering system.

    • Play hard to go against the best in Tier 1, or play to have fun, learn about hockey, and socialize.

🌏 Everyone is welcome

    • When we say Fantasy Hockey is For Everyone, we mean it. Play in safe, moderated leagues.

    • With 300+ managers from over a dozen countries spread across 4 continents, don't be surprised if the manager who beat you to that hot goalie on the waiver wire watched him play junior games in Finland.

Experienced, Dedicated Commissioners

πŸƒ Active managers in every division

    • Commissioners regularly seek out and replace inactive teams to keep competition strong

πŸ‘· Objective, committed commissioners ensure fair rules and competition

↔️ Our one-of-a-kind Counter Offer trading rule helps prevent unfair, competition-crushing deals

    • Contested trades are reviewed by a panel of experienced, non-partisan managers

Inclusive and Involved Community

πŸ‘ The safest way to play fantasy hockey

    • Our amazing community welcomes all to play in our inclusive, moderated leagues.

    • Non-toxic, no bad team names, no tolerance for exclusion and hate.

πŸ—£οΈ Discord Server

    • Talk strategy, get advice and be part of a strong, growing hockey community.

    • A dedicated channel for each division to talk trade, chirp, and follow matchups together.

KKUPFL Reviews

Join Now!

Ready to join the KKUPFL? Joining is as simple as filling out a registration form and becoming a patron of Keeping Karlsson on Patreon. Click the button below to learn how.

Not quite ready to join? Learn more about the league below, or reach out to us by email or Twitter with any questions.

Patrons-only discord community

Patrons of Keeping Karlsson and KKUPFL participants have access to our private Discord community. With over 400 members and growing, our server includes channels for:

  • Questions and answers for fantasy advice, including personalized advice from Elan, Brian and the KK patron braintrust

  • Live game day chats

  • Hockey news feeds and discussion

  • Fantasy hockey discussion channels

  • A private channel for your KKUPFL division

New to Discord? Learn all about how to use our server in this handy tutorial video.

Who Runs the KKUPFL?

Elan and Brian have hosted the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, the world's first and longest-running fantasy hockey podcast, since 2013. In 2015, they launched the KKUPFL, which has become the gold standard of fantasy hockey, and the biggest and best fantasy hockey league in the world.

Elan Dubrofsky

  • Co-host of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast

  • Two-time Tier 2 Champion

  • Currently in KKUPFL Tier 1

  • Also likes Survivor

Brian Kom

  • Co-host of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast

  • One-time KKUPFL Ultimate Champion

  • May be a robot

Who plays In the KKUPFL?

The KKUPFL is for everyone. With managers repping four continents and over a dozen countries, the KKUPFL is truly a global competition. Get to meet and compete against fantasy hockey managers from around the world, as well as Keeping Karlsson hosts Elan, Brian, Ben and Lewis.

Our tiered ranking system features promotion and relegation mechanisms to match you against managers at your skill level, making the KKUPFL a league for everyone:

  • New players can learn about fantasy and fantasy hockey in an inclusive community

  • Casual players play to enjoy a friendly, social atmosphere

  • Serious players test their skills against the world's best managers