Everybody loves Achievements! They add interesting wrinkles to many games, and their presence in Franchise Hockey Manager 3 is no exception. Available when you choose Path to Glory mode, achievements in FHM 3 allow you to tout your ability to do many things, from winning a minor league championship to emerging victorious in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs.
There are too many achievements in FHM 3 to list here, but we’ll cover the highlights, starting with the toughest ones – and some tips for achieving success.
The 200 Club
Today’s NHL is not as high scoring as it once was, but if one of your players scores at least 200 points in an NHL® season, you’ll earn this achievement. Sure, all you need to do is find a modern day player who hearkens back to the superstars of the 80s and 90s, but don’t forget that many of them had great supporting casts that helped them rack up plenty of assists on top of their goals scored.
2017 is the 100th anniversary of the NHL, which means it’s the centennial for the league’s founding teams. In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, they won the NHL’s first Stanley Cup® Championship in 1917 too. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup® the next year, so their Cup centennial will happen in 2018-19.
Win the Stanley Cup® with one of those teams during the season in question to earn this achievement. Our advice: Build on the team’s aging core by mortgaging the future in exchange for a stacked team now. So what if your fans hate you a few seasons after sipping champagne from Lord Stanley’s Cup™?
It may not seem exciting to win a minor league A-level championship, but with just seven clubs, the Federal Hockey League gives you pretty good odds to earn this achievement. We also think it’s fun to experience hockey from a perspective other than the pinnacle of the sport.
Yes, simply choose a Japanese player in the NHL Draft™ to earn this one. Sure, Japan isn’t really a hockey powerhouse. But, hey, if you see such a player hanging around in the late rounds, why not give him a shot and scoop up this achievement in the process?
Speaking of the Far East, there’s the Asia League Ice Hockey, which has just nine teams, giving you a decent shot at winning the championship and earning this achievement. Here’s a hint: Take over HK Sakhalin, the Russian team. Unsurprisingly, they have an advantage over the other clubs when signing Russian players, and if you have the KHL and VHL active, you’ll likely have access to quite a few Russian free agents.
Winning the KHL championship is one thing — doing so with a non-Russian team is another. That might seem impossible, but we recommend trying Finnish club Jokerit, which has plenty of cash on hand and doesn’t have to compete for Russian talent. Or take the reins of Dinamo Minsk, which can corner the market on players out of Belarus while having a shot at a few Russians too.
Win the Division I World Championship to get this achievement. Here’s the trick, though: If you want to run a national team, you have to be from the same country, and if you want to take over a powerhouse like Canada, you have to build a great reputation for yourself. And even if you pull that off, you’ll have a roster missing all the players who are still competing in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Our advice is to go the Czech route: More of your players will be European and thus available for the tournament, so you’ll have a pretty good talent base to start with, and there won’t be as much competition for the GM job.
Here are some other achievements that could be fun going after:
A Real Dynasty
Win your league’s championship five years in a row. You’ll need to juggle winning now and planning for the future to pull this tough one off.
If The Outsiders is too tough, try winning the championship in Russia’s second division, Vysshaya Hokkeinaya Liga.
Czech This Out
If you use our advice to get the World Champions achievement, use what you’ve learned about Czech hockey to win the Tipsport Extraliga championship and scoop up this achievement.
Outracing the Rocket
If you earn the 200 Club achievement, you should have a good shot at getting this one too, which requires one of your players to score 50 goals in 50 or fewer games.
Undertaking a Streak
If you’re one of those people who goes to fights and doesn’t mind if a hockey game breaks out, then configure your roster to earn this achievement, which requires one of your players to have 21 fights in a season with no losses.
Our second-most-earned achievement, this one requires you to sign a foreign free agent in a league with restrictions on foreign players. Yup, that’s it.
Our third-most-earned achievement, this is an achievement that many NHL fans know all too well: Win a playoff series against a team that finished ahead of you in the regular season.
Become an Overachiever
There are even more achievements to earn in FHM 3, so get started in Path to Glory and see what happens. And if you haven’t picked up FHM 3 yet, we hope this whets your appetite to pick up a copy and join in the fun.
What Achievements have you accomplished? Tweet us at @FranchiseHockey to let us know, and we’ll share them with our great community!