Here are some of the ideas that were on the original list that didn’t make it that might be interesting. The main reason they didn’t is that I didn’t have much to say about those ideas to make a full post and I found some of them silly.
Idea #1: Have a bot that generate hockey quote from article (twitter)
The first idea is one that is mostly a marketing one, it is not really about making a buck or two.
Why not have a bot that reads from an article it gets via RSS or twitter and grab the most interesting quote and tweet it. This could be useful to gather followers to send them to other products or a mailing list where there is a paid product.
Idea #2: Have a card game with hockey cards
When I was a kid. I used to collect those hockey cards and around the same time Magic was all the craze. Why not mix them both. This might already have been done though, I know at least a mobile game has that concept. However, having a trading card game instead of just being for collecting the card might increase the value of owning the card even more.
The main problem with this idea is the distribution if you go with the physical card route. Even with the digital one, you still need to pay the NHLPA fee for using the players names and a NHL fee for using the teams logos. So out of box you already got a bunch of fee without even having built and play tested the product.
Perhaps start small with a fake league and make up players to have the idea out and test if it works, then go physical and with official branding.
Idea #3: Hockey/sport comics & meme collection
Sometimes we like to post a gif to our friend in chat and it usually never finds the one we want. They are apps that do that on slack and others like giphy. It would be nice to have one only for hockey, NFL or your sport of predilection. I could even be set up to give gifs for your favorite team by default or before any other result.
Idea #4: mobile app / hockey with coins and fingers
This one is kind of silly. Some of you might remember when we were kids, we used to pick a coin (usually a penny) and play hockey with our fingers. The defending player makes a goal with their two hands and the player with the coin tries to shoot it with a pinch. I wonder if something like this could be done with a mobile game, without the coin since it could break your phone.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about here a video explaining it to you: