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  1. diamond_ace

    Houston GM

    So @McWolf and I have been discussing this - ironically wanted to discuss it between the two of us to save time over doing apps since it's midseason, but that didn't end up making it quicker. Anyway, we've gone with an existing agm, someone who doesn't have to prep on the rules and everything under the circumstances and has kind of already stepped in. Likely wouldn't have been the choice through apps just because of how new he is, but he's been great and certainly worked his way into the spot. Congratulations @Moon_50
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  2. @Ricer13 With the season approaching the mid way point of the season (wow that happened quickly) it’s time to look at the VHL award races and reflect on the predictions made prior to the start of the season. Throughout the article any value in brackets following a team or player name signifies the total number of people who predicted that they would win the aforementioned award. While you’re here feel free to check out some of the other recent VSN articles below! Under 200 Power Rankings | S79 VHLM Awards! | The S79 VHL Awards Recap Continental Cup The award that everyone wants to win is still up for grabs for just about any team except for Toronto. The predictions went as most would expect with last season’s champion receiving the most predictions with 40 of the 103. The team with the second most is an interesting one with the Los Angeles Stars (17) who currently sit on the outside of the playoffs with a 11-14-2 record. Another surprising prediction total comes with the Chicago Phoenix (0), who are currently 2nd in the North American conference with a 19-6-3 record. Prediction totals for the remaining teams are as follows; Moscow (11), Warsaw (11), New York (7), Calgary (6), D.C. (2), Vancouver (2), Riga (1), and everyone else (0). Terence Fong Trophy The Terence Fong Award is similar to the Continental Cup as it is still up for grabs for pretty well any of the European teams as to have a chance at it all you have to do is make the playoffs. With this trophy only 3 teams received a significant amount of players' predictions and 1 of them had way more than every other team combined and that is Malmo with 64 total predictions! The other 2 teams who received a significant amount of players’ predictions were Moscow (15), and HC Davos (7). Devon Marlow-Marta Trophy Similar to the Terrence Fong Trophy the eventual winner of this award remains wide open, in contrast to the Fong Trophy 5 of the 8 teams in the North American conference received at least 10 predictions, those being; D.C. (21), Los Angeles (21), New York (19), Calgary (16), and Vancouver (10). Victory Cup The Victory Cup is awarded each season to the team with the most regular season points, as of right now it’s a clear battle between 4 teams with Vancouver (3) establishing a 4 point lead over Moscow (13) with 50 and 46 points respectively, just back from them is Chicago (1) with a 21-6-3 record and lastly 9 points back of the Vancouver is Malmo (44) with a 20-10-1 record. Other teams who received a considerable amount of predictions to win the Victory Cup include; New York (9), HC Davos (6), Calgary (5), D.C. (5), and Los Angeles (5). Mike Szatkowski Trophy (Most Points): Rank Player Name Points Player Name (predictions) Prediction total 1 Philip Stein @IHateBobNutting 55 Gunnar Odinsson 30 2 Jivere Zolnek @Sixersfan594 53 Aloe Dear @Renomitsu 20 3 Gunnar Odinsson @BOOM 53 Red Lite @Tate 18 4 Lee Xin @Blazzer 53 Pistil Stamen @DMaximus 8 5 Nathan Perry @tinafrombobsburgers/Henry Tucker @NSG88 52 Brendan Telker @Telkster/Taro Tsujimoto @GustavMattias 4 Kevin Brooks Trophy (Most Goals): Rank Player Name Goals Player Name (predictions) Prediction total 1 Lee Xin 25 Gunnar Odinsson 32 2 Philip Stein 25 Red Lite 15 3 Henry Tucker 24 Aloe Dear 11 4 Asher Reinhart @rjfryman 24 Duncan Idaho @OrbitingDeath 10 5 Aloe Dear/Pekko Viitanen @Xdjk93 23 Brendan Telker 6 Alexander Beketov Trophy (Most Assists): Rank Player Name Assists Player Name (predictions) Prediction total 1 Julian Nousiainen @okochastar 35 Aloe Dear 21 2 Nathan Perry 34 Scotty Kaberle 14 3 Gunnar Odinsson 34 Red Lite 12 4 R @Kylrad 34 Gunnar Odinsson 9 5 Scotty Kaberle @fromtheinside/Christian Mingle @Quik 33 Kasper Kankkunen @16z 9 Greg Clegane Trophy (Lowest GAA): Rank Player Name Goals Player Name (predictions) Prediction total 1 Rara Rasputin @Victor 2.68 Artem Tretiak 26 2 Sirkants Klamasteris @hedgehog337 2.70 Rara Rasputin 25 3 Jean Pierre Camus @solas 2.73 Doug Dimmadome @Esso2264 13 4 Artem Tretiak @Molholt 2.75 Thadius Sales @thadthrasher 13 5 Markus Emerson Jr @Xflexz 2.89 Kevin Malone @WentzKneeFan036/Sirkants Klamasteris 5 Scotty Campbell (MVP): The MVP race this season is very close with the point spread between the top is so small that anyone could run away with it at any given moment. Of note with the MVP the team you play on makes an impact in the MVP vote as players who typically lead their teams by a wide margin have the best chance to come away with the award. As of right now Philip Stein (0) of Moscow leads the league in scoring with 55 points. Right behind them is Gunnar Odinsson (20) who will look to capture the award after just missing out on it last season. Other players who received a considerable number of predictions are; Red Lite (18), Duncan Idaho (13), John Merrick @Steve (7), and Brendan Telker (6). Brett Slobodzian (Most outstanding): Similar to the previous award any player could run away with this award at any given moment, the favourites at this given moment would correspond directly to the point leaders with Philip Stein (0), Jivere Zlonek (0), Gunnar Odinsson (32), Lee Xin (0), and Nathan Perry (0). Some players who received player predictions are Red Lite (16), John Merrick (9), Aloe Dear (6), Brendan Telker (6), and Groovy Dood @bigAL (5). Sterling Labatte (Top Defensemen): The race for the top defensemen award is much closer than last season where Alex Letang @Spartan ran away with it. This season Matty Socks @fishy (0) has returned to form and currently leads the league in defensemen scoring, closely followed by Kristof Welch @Juice (16) and Scotty Kaberle (12). This award usually goes to a defenseman who has shown that they excel at both ends of the ice, something that each of these 3 has shown and it could come down to any one of them or even another player who steps it up in the second half. Predictions for this award were very diverse as no 1 player received substantially more than any other as 6 players received at least 5 predictions, those being Kasper Kankkunen (13), Jeffrey Pines @rory (12), Battre Sandstrom @Acydburn (10), and Cowboy Prout @Prout (5) in addition to Welch and Kaberle. Alexander Valiq (Offensive Defensemen): In contrast to the previous award this award goes to the leagues most offensive defensemen and the defensive scoring race is surprisingly close relative to last season as there is 7 players within 10 points of the lead those being Matty Socks (1) with 48, Kristof Welch (12) with 47, Scotty Kaberle (19) with 43, R (1) with 41, Reylynn Reinhart @Ricer13 (0) with 39, and Robin Galante Nilsson (1) and Jiggly Gumballs (1) both with 38. The only other two players to receive a considerable amount of prediction votes were Jeffrey Pines (19) who currently has 35 points and Kasper Kankkunen (12) with 36. Jake Wylde (Defensive Defensemen): The Jake Wylde award is likely one of the most subjective awards for VHL players as it goes to the best defensive defensemen, as a result of that 7 different players were predicted to win the award by at least 5 different people, these were; Jeffrey Pines (13), Kasper Kankkunen (12), Robin Galante Nilsson @RomanesEuntDomus (12), Scotty Kaberle (12), Zeedayno Chara @Jubis (10), Jiggly Gumballs @JigglyGumballs (6), and Matty Socks (5). Chara is the only one of these players in the top 10 for blocked shots with 93, 10 back of the leader Vladimir Mlinski @Brrbisbrr (0) who has certainly thrown their hat into the race. Aiden Shaw (Top Goalie): The Aiden Shaw award recognizes the top goalie in the league every season and with that it is always an interesting race to watch. Currently Markus Emerson Jr. (1) is leading the league in both wins with 25 and SV% with a 0.929. Right behind him is Jean Pierre Camus (1) and Rara Rasputin (23). Lastly Artem Tretiak (27) is having another great season for Malmo. The other three goalies who received at least five people’s predictions are Thadius Sales (16), Doug Dimmadome (24), and Sirkants Klamasteris (6). Christian Stolzschweiger (top Rookie): At this point in the season the award for the top rookie is a one horse race as Matty Fire @MattyIce (41) has established a 19 point lead over Corey Kitson @Nykonax (10), a lead so significant retired player Matty Ice (1) received a prediction to win this award. In a season with only 6 rookie skaters in the league this season due to the introduction of the VHLE, this race is Fire’s to lose. Other players who received player predictions are as follows; AJ Williams @ajwllmsn (29), Vinny Detroit @dasboot (3), Sigard Petrenko @SlapshotDragon (3), and Mikey Markov @JetsFan81 (1). Scott Boulet (Top two way forward): The Scott Boulet award is given to Groovy Do… sorry, the top two-way forward every season and with that Groovy Dood (51) has now won it in 3 consecutive seasons. However this season looks to be anyone’s for the taking as Groovy Dood’s physical stats haven’t been where they need to be. As of right now Phil the Rock Johnson @Phil (2) leads the league in hits with 194 and is on pace to have by far their best season as well offensively. Henry Tucker (3) is also currently in contention as they have had a great season offensively and racked up the hits as well. Lastly, we shouldn’t overlook what John Leclair II @Fire Vigneault (0) has done this season as they are having a great season on both sides of the puck. The only other players who received more than 5 prediction votes were Duncan Idaho (9), and Druss Deathwalker @animal74 (6). David Knight (top GM): The David Knight Award is presented to the top GM in the league, as of right now it appears that it is likely going to end up in the hands of @Spartan (32), the GM of the Moscow Menace following their incredible turn around from last season where they only won 23 games, so far this season Moscow has 20 wins and sits only 14 points back of the previous season a mark they should pass in the coming days. Other GMs who were predicted to win the award by at least 5 people include; @hylands (15), @Enorama (11), @Ricer13 (8), @GustavMattias (8), and @MexicanCow123 (5). Dustin Funk (Most improved): The final award we’ll look at today is the Dustin Funk Award, this award is given to the player who shows the greatest amount of improvement and as expected had more players be predicted to win it than any other award. Of those nominated only 3 have surpassed their previous career highs, those being; Alex Johnston @Alex_J32 (3) [182% increase], Erlantz Jokinen @jRuutu (3) [180% increase], and Nicholas Mariani @Mistxh J (4) [154% increase]. The race will likely come down to these three at this point in time with it really being anyone’s to win. Other players to be predicted to win by at least 5 people include; Henri Le Massif @Garsh (13), The Seabasstard @Seabass (10), and Asher Reinhart (6). Thank you for reading and stay tuned as we watch how these races develop throughout the season! Best of luck to everyone in the race!
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  3. Well well well another article and on this one it’s a mock draft but I want to do a special mock draft for the S81 VHL Draft coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m going to have a little section for each player to try to explain why he is the first pick and like a mini scouting report for each player so it’s going to be a long read. Put your seat belts on, maybe grab a snack here we go. In this mock draft I’m going to pretend like the lottery didn’t change a thing and I’m looking at the standings to this day 18/10/21 to see where each team finishes. It’s not ideal but it is what it is. 1. The first pick is Helsinki having the Toronto 1st pick Nico Pearce. @Spartan Nico Pearce the 6 foot 180 pounds who is playing like he is 6’5 and 220 pounds having 140 hits 331 shots 43 goals in them 7 games winning goals in only 52 games. In my book I call that a power forward more offensive minded. I feel like a player like this caliber with all the experience that spartan have with the league you can’t pass on him. 2. The second pick is also Helsinki but with their pick this time. I have them pick Hulk Hogan 2 @Hogan having 113 points 296 shots 100 hits 73 shots blocked and a +/- of 45 the best defenseman available in this draft. 6’8 and 250 pounds this big defenseman can do all on the ice block shots, hit, shoot and pass. He is Definitely going to help Helsinki in the future. Helsinki has a great prospect pool in every position. I have them pick one forward and one defenseman with their first two picks. 3. Seattle turned to pick with their first rounder. Harkat Mulds @hylands this center playing for Yukon in the VHLM. This small playmaker is ripping it off in the VHLM. 5’5 and 140 pounds with 110 points a +/- 81 295 shots. He is a well rounded player who is going to help Seattle in a couple of seasons. 4. The fourth pick Riga with their pick is selecting Wattson Power. @Tape-to-Tape I feel like Riga are going to pick a defenseman and Wattson Power should be the pick with Riga only having 1 defenseman prospect and defender current players. I feel like it’s the perfect match. 5. The fifth pick London with their first I have them surprise surprise Zaza Colors. @McWolf I was doing my mock draft and remembered that Mcwolf was the GM of London, with Vladimir and The Terrible Trivium retiring and ZaZa was available so 1+1=2. Zaza Colors with 101 points 271 shots 44 goals and a +/- 80. Offensive minded and ready to rumble. 6. The sixth pick went back to Helsinki with the LA first rounder picking Maximus Decimus Meridius. @Beaviss This warrior from Spain having 73 points, 252 shots and a +/- 52 is a good two way forward. But his speed needs some work. 7. The seventh pick Warsaw with their first picking Nezuko @tfong from the Minnesota Storm. Having a season of 87 points 286 shots and a +/- 40 is really offensive minded with his 92 scoring ability. Having elite players like Maximus is really good for Warsaw. 8. Now the eight pick Calgary with the New York pick selecting Biggie Cheese. @a_Ferk I feel like Calgary has a nice forward prospect and needs some defenseman prospect Biggie Cheese is perfect for that team. Who can be responsible in his zone and productive on the scoring sheets. Having 75 points 173 shots 70 shots blocked 63 hits in 53 games. 9. The ninth pick Riga with the Prague puck selecting Cameron Elsby. @Spence King He is a very tough defender to play against, he is not afraid to lay the body or to sacrifice his body to block shots. With a season of 53 games 56 points a +/- 32 157 shots 162 hits and 71 shots blocked. Adding another defenseman to this draft. 10. The tenth pick goes to Toronto having a good offense but a poor defense is going to pick Cadmael Ixazaluoh @Vice a player who has recently been created in the middle of the season he is quickly becoming a great defender for Philadelphia. Cadmael is a defensive defenseman who is really good at blocking shots. It's almost like his stick has an eye. Cadmael has 64 points, 74 hits and 104 shots blocked in 53 games played. 11. At the eleventh pick Riga with their final pick of the first round selecting Sirdsvaldis Miglaskems @FrostBeard , a well rounded player who is really responsible in his zone, one of the most defensive forwards in this draft class. Having a season of 46 points with a +/- 25 118 hits in 53 games played. 12. The twelfth pick I have Toronto picking Juha Jarvinen @Collusion with Toronto currently don’t having a goaltender and with prospect Oskar Lindbergh definitely being the starter for the next couples of season I have Jarvinen who is rapidly earning some experience in the VHLM and can be a solid backup to Lindbergh in the next couples of seasons in Toronto. 13. The thirteenth pick the last of Helsinki in the first round selecting Janet Snakehole @MattBake12 if feel like this s81 draft class is really deep in forward but not very in defenseman and even less in goalies so I think Helsinki are going to select a defenseman for a nice two forward two defenseman in the first round. Janet had a season in the VHLM of 42 points a +/- 25 102 hits and 54 shots blocked in 52 games. 14. The fourteenth pick in Moscow I have is Alexandre Leduc ( me) , a well rounded player who is learning the ropes in the VHLM with Yukon. Having a season of 60 points a +/- 51 185 shots in 51 games he is a good player with a lot of character in games. 15. The fifteen pick Warsaw and I have them picking Daniel Janser, @Daniel Janser a great player who is averaging one points per game with 56 in 53 games played, with 207 shots and 109 hits. Daniel is eager to learn and always wants to be better. 16. The sixteenth pick and the final for Seattle in the first round I have Robert Wilk @Tomat0 having 50 goals 95 points 285 shots 82 hits in 52 games. Robert is an offensive player who loves to shoot the puck in the offensive zone. Some shutouts to players who I think can maybe be in the first round if they continue their efforts to earn TPE Mason Jones @Masu Chan , William Groves, @Will3 George Sanderson @spicy_gecko , Yun Chiang @FireballSalad , Sergey Probrazhensky @Bulduray_1 , Ragnar Hagstrom @Grosgars and Tadhg Byrne. @teknonym Keep up the good work. Thank you to Gaiko @Gaikoku-hitofor the tips. 1115 words
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  4. Welcome to the S80 VHLM Power Rankings Tracker! Power rankings will be shown in this format for the rest of the season so that I’ll be able to update it every week. With this format we’ll be able to showcase standout players (selected by each team’s GM or AGM) in order to shine a light on some players in the M who might not get much attention otherwise. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let me know! NOTE: Stats and Standings are updated as of Sunday, October 3rd. Current Rank: 1 Record: 22 - 1 - 0 Last 10 games: 10 - 0 - 0 Place in standings: 1 Standout Player: Juice Box @Siddhus 22 goals, 34 assists, 56 points in 23 Games Played. Another Standout Player is Williams Groves @Will3 for their impact in the locker room. Comments: Ottawa leads the VHLM standings this season so far sitting one point above the Rush. The Lynx are currently on a 18 game winning streak. @16z has done a great job turning this team around after missing the playoffs in a disappointing S79. Ottawa is too hot to handle and at this rate (knock on wood) maybe they will find themselves in the record books for most wins in a season. Current Rank: 2 Record: 21 - 1 - 1 Last 10 games: 10 - 0 - 0 Place in standings: 2 Standout Player: Kyosti Karjalainen @UnkemptCL4PTP - 30 goals, 29 assists, 59 points in 23 Games Played Comments: The Yukon Rush have been on a rampage lately, winning their last 10 games in a row. Although they sit below Ottawa in the standings, Yukon is the only team this season to have beaten the Lynx. Kyosti Karjalainen @UnkemptCL4PTP has been a scoring machine this season, leading the league in goals scored. @Domg5 has built this team to look like the S78 Rush who won the Founder's Cup. Current Rank: 3 Record: 15 - 6 -2 Last 10 games: 7 - 2 - 1 Place in standings: 3 Standout Player: Barry Bonds Jr @Jim Kovtrash - 16 goals, 48 assists, 64 points in 23 Games Played Comments: After a disappointing S79 finishing 2nd last in the league, @Laine and the Storm have bounced back and are rolling through the VHLM. The Storm have a lot more depth than last season and because of it sit third not only in these rankings, but also in the standings, GF, and GD. A main role to this success is Barry Bonds Jr @Jim Kovtrash who leads the league in points this season. Current Rank: 4 Record: 15 - 8 - 1 Last 10 games: 4 - 5 - 1 Place in standings: 5 Standout Player: James Glove Dropper @Jamomayo - 23 goals, 33 assists, 56 points in 24 Games Played Comments: The Houston Bulls have pulled a massive U-Turn from the S79. Finishing last place by a mile in S79 and selling all players for draft picks, @MattyIce has helped out this organization big time filling out his roster and making Houston a strong playoff contender once again. James Glove Dropper @Jamomayo sits in the top 10 in the league for goals, assists, and points, helping lead Houston's offence to success. Current Rank: 5 Record: 15 - 7 - 1 Last 10 games: 6 - 4 - 0 Place in standings: 4 Standout Player: Pekka Grubauer @Tendy - 15 wins, 0.909 SV%, 3.15 GAA in 23 Games Played Comments: The Aces are beating the odds with their four player roster (2 F, 1 D, 1 G) and blowing away their competition in the Western Conference. Pekka Grubauer @Tendy has the Aces on their shoulders as they sit in the top 2 for SV% and GAA in the league. @JigglyGumballs keeps their motto "trade the picks trust the process" and it is working so props to them. Current Rank: 6 Record: 13 - 7 - 3 Last 10 games: 5 - 4 - 1 Place in standings: 6 Standout Player: Matt Avens @Mr Bohannan - 28 goals, 24 assists, 52 points in 23 Games Played Comments: Mexico City has been a solid team for the past couple of seasons and it seems as if they are following tradition. @youloser1337 has taken over this organization and made an impact since. The Kings only have three players over 100 TPE but they still sit in the top half of the league - Matt Avens @Mr Bohannan is one of these key players, placing them fourth in the league for goals scored. Current Rank: 7 Record: 10 - 12 - 2 Last 10 games: 5 - 4 - 1 Place in standings: 7 Standout Player: Bryn Yrwy @dylanjj37 - 29 goals, 35 assists, 64 points in 24 Games Played Comments: Halifax is currently the best of the worst (the best team out of the bottom 6 teams). The 21st have a smaller roster but have some key players like Bryn Yrwy @dylanjj37 and Jacob Richard @Jacob Richard who both sit in the top 5 for leaders in league points. If the 21st and @Brewins15 keep on pace, there is no doubt they will find themselves in the playoffs. Current Rank: 8 Record: 8 -14 - 2 Last 10 games: 5 - 4 - 1 Place in standings: 8 Standout Player: Mason Jones @Masu Chan - 6 goals, 20 assists, 26 points in 24 Games Played Comments: @Alex_J32 has taken over as the Reapers new GM after being the AGM for two seasons. The Reapers finally found a goaltender in Ali Des Aves @ViprVipewho has played a huge role. Philadelphia is currently holding onto a playoff spot and with their depth in roster and someone between the pipes, it is hard to say that by the end of the season they won't be seeing the playoffs. Current Rank: 9 Record: 8 - 15 - 0 Last 10 games: 5 - 5 - 0 Place in standings: 9 Standout Player: Yun Chiang @FireballSalad - 8 goals, 15 assists, 23 points in 19 Games Played Comments: It seems as if Miami has a tradition - do good one season, tank the next. The Marauders won the Founder's Cup in S74, S77 and most recently in S79. After each season they won, they played very poorly, so maybe @Ledge and Dairy is smart to follow in the footsteps of Miami history. Current Rank: 10 Record: 5 - 15 - 3 Last 10 games: 1 - 8 - 1 Place in standings: 10 Standout Player: Daniel Janser @Daniel Janser - 10 goals, 17 assists, 27 points in 23 Games Played Comments: After a heartbreak loss in the Founder's Cup in S79, @N0HBDY looks to rebound and find a way back in. At this pace it won't happen as the Hounds have won only one of their last 10 games. I won't disrespect the Hounds as they are only working with a four player roster (3 F, 1 D) and all forwards have over a point per game. Current Rank: 11 Record: 5 - 18 - 3 Last 10 games: 4 - 6 - 0 Place in standings: 11 Standout Player: Dekster Jankowski @xsjack 19 goals, 12 assists, 31 points in 24 Games Played Comments: Saskatoon finished 2nd best in the league last season in standings, so funny enough they have decided to throw down their uno reverse card and sit at 2nd worst in the league now. @Doomsday is working with a very small roster this season and it is looking like a rebuild for the Wild squad. Current Rank: 12 Record: 3 - 19 - 1 Last 10 games: 0 - 10 - 0 Place in standings: 12 Standout Player: Robert Wilk @Tomat0 - 21 goals, 19 assists, 40 points in 23 Games Played Comments: San Diego struggles this year sitting last in the standings and these rankings. New GM and former Ottawa Lynx AGM @JB123 has taken on this task and hopefully will lead the Marlins to a bounce back to being a contender team. The Marlins have a young team with 8 out of 9 players being rookies and also are hurting for a goaltender. I believe if they get someone between the pipes there will be a lot more wins in the future. On a brighter note, S78 veteran Jyuunya Pureya Oneri Desu @Guriinwoodo has been a defensive threat for their team, finding themselves in the top 3 for hits and shots blocked this season. Current Team Versus Standings Halifax Houston Las Vegas Mexico City Miami Minnesota Mississauga Ottawa Philadelphia San Diego Saskatoon Yukon Halifax 1 - 2 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 1 - 0 - 1 0 - 2 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 3 - 3 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 Houston 2 - 0 - 1 2 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 1 - 3 - 0 Las Vegas 0 - 0 - 0 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 5 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 1 Mexico City 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 1 - 2 - 1 0 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 2 - 1 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 4 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 1 Miami 1 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 2 - 2 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 Minnesota 2 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 1 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 3 - 0 - 1 1 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 Mississauga 1 - 1 - 1 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 1 - 1 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 1 0 - 0 - 0 Ottawa 3 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 Philadelphia 3 - 2 - 1 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 1 - 2 - 0 2 - 2 - 0 1 - 3 - 0 2 - 0 - 1 0 - 3 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 San Diego 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 4 - 1 1 - 2 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 6 - 0 Saskatoon 1 - 2 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 4 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 0 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 Yukon 1 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 1 3 - 0 - 0 1 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 6 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
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  5. We're going to be here a while. And, as a result, I'm making it a public post rather than putting it in a BoG thread (and also because there's nothing wrong with a little public opinion-gathering once in a while). It's no secret to anyone keeping their finger on the pulse of my forum crusades that I've basically always had problems with the way the VHLM works. Usually, those issues are along the lines of "there are teams that enjoy throwing all pretense of retention under the bus in favor of the more nuanced approach we call 'screwing over active new members to win'". And usually, those complaints have come with a call to swing the all-powerful hammer of authority (which is ironic considering how little I usually appreciate said hammer being swung). I still have a few points of that variety to bring up, and a few tangents to go on in that direction. This article, however, will follow another direction as well. TL;DR: The VHLM has somehow gone too far, and not far enough, at the same time. Existing solutions to previous problems hurt more than they help. Allow me to explain. For further reading and a condensed, incomplete version of my first and fourth sections here, this is one of my former crusades on the matter. CURRENT AND FORMER PROBLEMS IN THE VHLM: Undermining the spirit of the league to win--or to lose. By itself, the boom-bust cycle--our very good friend known as "that thing every VHLM team does"--is NOT a problem. Teams will buy if they want to win, and sell if there's a better path in the future. There is nothing wrong with this IF those teams buying continue to treat new actives with respect, give fair playing time to everyone, and don't stop making offers out of the fear of having to--oh no!--give some ice time so someone at lower TPE. In addition, the selling team must do the same: maintain an active and supportive environment for the players who are left, maximize the playing time of whatever players they have, and not stop offering to new players out of the fear of--oh no!--accidentally winning a game or two. Most unfortunately, these things happen. Dodging the rules to make the cycle even more extreme. Some amount of (fair) controversy arose over Houston's dealings over the past few seasons. In one, I forget which but in one, they had three first-round picks and immediately after the draft traded future picks for other players selected in the first round (thus effectively exceeding the three-pick limit). Not long after, the Bulls sold off almost literally every player they had and spent some time with only one player on the roster. And guess what--they're not the only example of this, and I don't mean to call them out in particular. They just happen to be a fairly extreme one and one which exposed the first bit as a currently viable strategy. This is a relatively new problem, but a problem nonetheless. A highly imperfect first-come, first-serve waiver system, complete with some level of deception. How many times have you seen a player sign with the very first team who makes an offer, often before any other teams even see the thread? How many times have you seen people complain about this? This, by itself, isn't a super massive problem to me--if someone is making early offers because they're paying attention to the forum, I don't necessarily think that shouldn't be rewarded (counterpoint which I also think is fair: constantly staring at the forum and trying to be the first one in every thread is super unhealthy and will lead--and has led--to burnout). A bigger problem, and a less obvious one, in my experience, is that I've seen some teams in my time lying about the circumstances of their team to attract new signings. From teams promising first-line status and immediately burying someone in the lineup until they earn a decent amount to a brief period of time circa (I think) S68 where at least three different teams, possibly more, were telling new players that they were the hands-down favorites to win the cup, it's been made clear that the highly impressionable status of new members is one which is often manipulated. Inactive players, surrounding drama, and roster space. This is a former problem at the moment as the VHLM has effectively criminalized having inactive players (which we'll address later in what I consider a fairly hot take). Back in my day, the general guideline was that if a GM had an inactive player on their team, they could use said player however they wanted--as long as all active players had equal or better ice time. Got a 200-TPE inactive and a 50-TPE active? Guess who's getting more ice time. Though many GMs followed this rule, some others existed who preferred to ignore it, playing whoever had more TPE as much as possible regardless of activity and even in some cases making use of unethical means to keep inactive players on the roster. And, as any GM at the time will tell you, this led to a lot of people screaming at each other and trying to police everyone else's roster (though I can't imagine that bit has dissolved under the current rules). Equally importantly, these players would often take up space on a roster which would never be taken by a new, active player due to an unwillingness to make offers. For these reasons, it was eventually made illegal to use inactive players (which we'll get to later! Be patient smh). WHAT HAS BEEN DONE ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS (in chronological order): Teams which have been found to be operating outside the spirit of retention have been penalized (one SOURCE out of a handful). Though exact reasons are generally kept secret out of professionalism, the concept of crime and punishment is clear and present. Problem addressed: undermining spirit of league. Inactive players are required to be released from their teams (SOURCE). If a player has not updated for 21 days (or has gone 14 days without an update after creating), their team is required to release them. Problem addressed: inactive players. VHLM GMs are required to make waiver offers while their roster has open space (SOURCE and also another SOURCE with an official definition of what a roster with space is). Presumably, this is a factor that plays into the previously-mentioned punishments. Problem addressed: undermining spirit of league. Double shifting players is no longer allowed in many circumstances, and bots must be used to fill whatever space a team has left (SOURCE). Starting the season, teams must aim for a roster size of 9-6-1. Later on, if enough players are in the league, they must aim for 12-8-2. If the team has 6 forwards, for example, they must run a line of bots. If they have 7, they need to put two bots in their lineup. If 8, one bot. Problem addressed: undermining spirit of league. WHY THAT'S NOT GOOD: TL;DR: the VHLM has become increasingly authoritarian with no clear results. GMs now need to jump through more hoops to have less fun and players are often left negatively affected by changes designed to help them. Re: penalizing teams: depending on the infraction, I agree with this. Let's move on. Re: requiring release of inactive players: HOT TAKE--there is a better way to handle this. As I stated earlier, there were many GMs who were capable of using inactive players without getting in the way of actives. This helped in many cases, giving active players better linemates and making the team more competitive as a whole. Remember--a player on a competitive team is happy. There is no reason why a GM who acts with integrity should not be able to do so, as it would serve to the benefit of player and GM. Re: requiring waiver offers: I don't disagree, but...this is a very subjective guideline. How do we enforce this? Is there any real way to enforce it? It would be much more time than it's worth to quantify who's making how many offers, and part of me doubts that this is being actively monitored for every single team. Things are going to be missed, and standards are going to be inconsistent. That brings me to... Re: no double shifting: WHY? This is the first rule change I've had an issue with beyond just "well, I disagree with it, but it doesn't matter". Sure, it's a good thought that GMs should strive to fill up their teams, and I agree with setting guidelines as to what constitutes "having space on the roster" and what doesn't. But up until that point, GMs are forced to take away ice time from active players in favor of entities that are somehow less active than inactives. Taking away ice time from actives should be what these amendments are intended to prevent, but this one outright requires it for some reason. Also--if GMs are truly required to make waiver offers, the shifts current players take shouldn't matter because the GM is trying to fill the roster anyway. WHAT I WOULD DO ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS: Before I get into this section, I would like to mention that there is a BoG thread currently active in which we are discussing issues related to the VHLM, some of which are or are related to issues brought up in this article. I will not go into specific detail about points raised by others in that thread out of respect for the Board's private format, even though I think some of those points are good. However, my ideas are mine, and whether they're in (or whether they pertain to) that thread notwithstanding, I don't consider sharing them scandalous or leak-y (especially since there's no current plan to implement them). Where I think we should be more relaxed: Roll back the double shifting rule. For illustrative purposes, let's say a team has five active forwards. This, under the current rules, would force two players on said team to play with a bot AND would force said team to run a full line of bots--thus devoting only 55.6% of available forward space to active players. Get rid of this rule, and all five players will be able to play at maximum ice time, putting more players on the ice, making their stats better, and making the team better--all without stepping on actives, and in fact helping actives, to do so. Re-integrate inactive players in a controlled fashion. Let's go with the same example here--a team has five forwards. Let's further assume that we've rolled back the double shifting rule. Great! We're on our way to doing better. Now, this team has one top line...and one line with two active players and a bot. The performance (and morale!) of these players will suffer needlessly if their lineman is a liability. So, it's my opinion that if the team has an inactive player, it would better serve the interest of the players if that player were allowed to provide support for the other players' performance than if that player had to be released. My guidelines for ensuring fair practice in this manner are as follows: A complete line's worth of players is defined as three forwards, two defenders, or one goaler. If a team has a number of active players at a given position under the number equalling two complete lines (i.e. a lineup of 6/4/2), the team is allowed to use inactive players to fill the remaining space. For example, a team with 5 forwards will be granted the use of one inactive, and a team with 4 forwards will be granted the use of two. At least half of a team's active players at the position in question must be above the TPE level of the inactive player. For example, if a team has four forwards, with 120, 160, 80, and 110 TPE, respectively, they will be allowed to use two inactive players under 120 TPE if such players are owned. Once a player has gone inactive, if they are not allowed to be used in the lineup per the above rules, they must be scratched (not released) for all future games until they return to activity or become eligible for use in the lineup. Inactive players shall receive ice time equal to or less than active players. An inactive goaler may only serve as a backup, unless there is no active starter. Where I think we shouldn't: Tighten pick limits. Currently, a team is allowed three first-round and three second-round picks per season. This, as we've seen, is too much. Top teams are stacked beyond belief, and bottom teams are barren wastelands. What I'd like to see is this: Teams may own only two picks in each round of the draft. Points will be assigned to each pick. A rough estimate, for the purposes of this article, will be 250 points for a 1st-round pick, 200 points for a second-round pick, 100 for a 3rd-round pick, and 50 for a 4th-round pick. Each team will be required to hold, at minimum, 300 points at the time of each draft, with at least 200 represented by picks in the first three rounds. This makes the MAXIMUM amount of picks allowable 1st/1st/2nd/2nd/3rd/3rd/4th/4th, and the MINIMUM 3rd/3rd/4th/4th. Get rid of rule-dodging. Players picked in a draft should not be flipped to other teams for picks so one team or another can dodge a pick-related rule. The solution to this is very difficult to conceptualize--I have two main ideas, but I see a loophole with one and I think the other is too restrictive. My most fair solution, at the moment, is the restrictive one, though I've thought of a caveat that may make it more agreeable. Rule: A player who is selected in any given draft generally may not be traded in that season. Exception: Trades involving these players must be done with the prior approval of a VHLM Commissioner. Ideally, this would be a portal thing--a deal involving a player who was just drafted would be blocked, and the accepting GM would be prompted to provide proof that the trade does not allow one team or another to gain an unfair number of draft selections. For example, Boson Higgs is selected in the 2nd round of the S81 VHLM draft by Vegas. He is then traded to Halifax, who made one (not two, because I'm assuming the system works exactly the way I want it to) second-round choices in the draft. Halifax accepts the trade, gets blocked by the portal, and writes something along the lines of "Higgs selected in 2nd round/Halifax made one 2nd-round choice in the draft (Robert Livermore)". This is then forwarded to the commissioners, who can review the deal and put it through officially (on both forum and portal) with one click. And, finally... A BIG SOLUTION TO A LOT OF PROBLEMS: Standardize waiver offers and put them on the portal! And give them to waiver-eligible players immediately after they create! Here's how that would work. Upon player creation, eligible players are taken directly to a page containing a complete list of VHLM teams, projected line placement (based on number of actives, not actives and inactives), current record/spot in the standings, and short, general, digestible messages put on the portal by each team's GM to maintain somewhat of a personal feel. Why this works on many different levels: All players are effectively given an immediate offer from all teams with room. Teams cannot purposely avoid making offers, eliminating the need for an offer requirement--and also eliminating any pretense of a supporting argument for the double-shift rule as it was intended to stimulate offer-making. Real, automatic, unbiased numbers also eliminate deception (i.e. "we're the cup favorites" or "you'll be on the first line" when none of those things are true) and make for fair and transparent waiver offers. Since decisions may be made right away, players get on the roster more quickly and efficiently (especially since picking a team can be packaged in with accepting a contract offer) and will find themselves in the sims right away. This opens the door to more realistic implementation of the above re-integration of inactives--keeping inactives on the roster and not offering to actives is a big no, but this makes that impossible. So, what do you think? I've got a lot to say, and hopefully it's sensible. 2,764 words; no PT for me for a month goddammit it's also theme week
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  6. @Zetterberg @MexicanCow123 IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS MAN PLEASE CONTACT THE AUTHORITIES
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  7. @v.2 Be sure to check out recent articles from VSN here if you haven't already: https://vhlforum.com/topic/109775-vsn-presents-top-10-vhl-prospects/ https://vhlforum.com/topic/109706-vsn-s80-under-200-power-rankings/ https://vhlforum.com/topic/109694-vsn-scouting-presents-the-s77-vhl-re-draft/ The Seattle Bears. If you have been around the VHL for even a little while you immediately associate the name with one thing. Winning. The Bears have proven themselves to be a very successful franchise under general manager Blake Campbell @Banackock. Since his hiring in Season 49, Campbell has dominated the league, winning six Continental Cups, appearing in nine finals, winning five Victory Cups as the top team in the regular season, and earning four David Knight Trophies as the best GM in the VHL. Needless to say, he has developed a winning culture in Seattle. Campbell’s first season as GM of Seattle was not bad. Although they had a solid winning record of 40-30-2, they missed out on playoffs in a formidable North American Conference. They had some success in the 50’s, notching 119 and 118 points in back-to-back seasons (S52, S53). However, it was during the late 50’s and into the 60’s, that the Bears truly asserted themselves as perennial contenders. In Season 58 they notched 111 points, good for third league-wide. They would go on to lose to the Riga Reign in the final in six games. The next season they would get their revenge. While they only finished with 85 points, they would win the Continental Cup, besting the Helsinki Titans in a wild seven game series. This was Bana’s first championship as GM of the Bears. Season 60 proved that the Cup season was not a fluke. The Bears finished with 101 points. After a couple rebuilding seasons, Seattle would come back strong, posting three consecutive 100 point seasons (109, 108, 110). The next two seasons would be retooling years, before the team would absolutely tear up the league and make the playoffs twelve straight times. Yes, you read that right. Twelve. It was during this period that the Bears made their mark on the league once and for all. Catalyzed by the emergence of an elite, future hall of fame goaltender in Rayz Funk @Rayzor_7, as well as a developing core, the Bears would finish first in the North American Conference in Season 68, earning 91 points. That team featured rising stars Joel Ylonen @Esso2264 , John Frostbeard @FrostBeard, Acyd Burn @Acydburn up front and future hall of famers Hulk Hogan @Hogan and Maxim Kovalchuk (Banackock) on the backend, to name a few. Funk would win 38 games, posting a .921 save percentage, second only to Finn Davison @Poptart of the HC Davos Dynamo. This ‘68 team would go on to win the Continental Cup, sweeping both the conference final and Cup final (vs the Calgary Wranglers and Malmo Nighthawks), with Funk winning the Daisuke Kanou Trophy as Playoff MVP. Determined to repeat, the Bears ran it back with much of the same crew in Season 69. They would go 44-23-5, good for 93 points and second in the conference. Funk again was stellar, winning 39 games for the Bears en route to another Cup win. He would win the Kanou for the second consecutive season, with center Scott Greene @DoktorFunk leading the tournament in assists with fourteen. The Bears avenged their Season 58 loss to the Riga Reign, defeating them in the same number of games ironically (six). In Season 70 Seattle would finish fourth in their conference, going 37-28-7 for 81 points and a playoff appearance. Fourth-year center Ambrose Stark (Banackock) would lead the team in points (67) and tie with Acyd Burn for the lead in goals with 29, in what was a breakout season for Stark. The Bears would advance to the Conference Final before the Wranglers beat them, four games to two. Season 71 was an excellent season for the team. They would finish second in the conference only to the Vancouver Wolves. Stark had an even better season this time around, scoring 88 points, tied for the most in the league with Hunter Hearst Helmsley @Beaviss of the Wolves. Greene was right behind Stark with 82 points. Funk would tie Jacques Lafontaine of Calgary for most wins that season with 40. In the postseason, Seattle beat the D.C. Dragons in seven games followed by two five-game wins against the Wolves and Moscow Menace, respectively. Funk would win yet another Kanou, Campbell would earn his third Knight as best GM, Hogan would take home the Alexander Beketov Trophy awarded to the player with the most assists, and Stark would of course share the Mike Szatkowski with Helmsley. Safe to say, it was a terrific season all in all. In Season 72 the club again made the playoffs, amassing 97 points in the regular season, but this time lost to the New York Americans in Round 1. Defender Berocka Sundqvist won the Beketov that season. Season 73 was a return to championship form. Winning the Victory Trophy for best record in the regular season, the Bears would go on to win their fourth Cup of Campbell’s tenure. Funk would win his fourth Kanou, and the team looked better than ever. Greene was tied for fourth in the league in points with 105. The Bears were gaining a bit of a new identity in the process, with rookie winger Timothy Brown @a_Ferk and goaltender Jacob Tonn @MexicanCow123 beginning to make their mark on the league. Furthermore, center Ola Vikingstad @Dil had a breakout season, scoring 34 goals and adding 37 assists for 71 points in 72 games. This team would defeat the Helsinki Titans for the Cup for the second, but not final, time with Campbell at the helm, in a six game series. With Funk signing with the Dynamo for his last season of his career, Seattle turned to Tonn. In his first full season he won 37 games and had five shutouts. They had also added star center Kris Rice @Ricer13 to an already stacked team through a trade with Calgary. Rice tied with right wing Uhtred @leafsman for the team lead in points in Season 74 with 101. The Bears would lose in Round 2 to the Toronto Legion in five. In Season 75 Brown became a true offensive threat. In 72 games Brown scored 90 points (41 goals, 49 assists), most on the team. There was an important first-year player on this team in center Isabella Campbell (Banackock). Campbell and Brown would develop into a dynamic duo for seasons to come. This season, however, the team was swept in the wild card round by the Chicago Phoenix. Prior to Season 76, starting goaltender Jacob Tonn was traded to the Moscow Menace for Rara Rasputin @Victor. Kris Rice was dealt to Moscow too, in a separate trade. Even with the obstacles of losing two key players, Seattle persevered and found a way just like they always do. Brown proved to be a reliable scorer, tallying 43 goals and 42 assists for 85 points. Rasputin won 33 games that season with a .917 save percentage. The Bears lost to the Phoenix again in the postseason, this time in the second round, four games to two. If there was any doubt as to if the dynasty was nearing its end, Season 77 proved all those doubters wrong. Seattle won the Cup for an unprecedented sixth time under Campbell, cementing his legacy for good. They beat the Titans for a third time in the final (four games to one). Jim Bob @jRuutu had 103 points, Brown had 89 and Campbell had 88. Bob led the league in goals with 48. Rasputin won 37 games and saved nearly 92 percent of shots, going on to win the Kanou Trophy in the playoffs. In Season 78 they lost to the Warsaw Predators in the Cup Final in six games. Campbell had 99 points that season; Brown 87; trade acquisition Venus Thightrap @BladeMaiden had 86; Leo Strauss @gregreg had 85; and defenders James Rose @MattyIce and Kasper Kankkunen @16z had 82 and 80 points, respectively. Rasputin won 40 games that season. In Season 79 it was the Malmo Nighthawks who ousted them in the championship, four games to two. Valtteri Vaakanainen @Jubo, acquired from Helsinki, led that team with 97 points, followed by Brown with 95, and Campbell with 94. Kankkunen had 89 points on defense. Interestingly enough, all four of them would not be on Seattle’s roster come Season 80. Campbell would earn another Knight Trophy for his work with this team in Season 79. Season 80 has signaled change in the Bears organization. While Campbell shows no signs of stopping anytime soon, Seattle appears to have finally entered a rebuild. They have several great, young pieces to build around, among them left wing Vinny Detroit @dasboot and defender Erlantz Jokinen (jRuutu), as well as prospects Sven Eightnine @BarzalGoat (D) and Em Em Flex @oilmandan (G). Campbell’s run has been truly incredible and unlikely to be matched in the near future. The Bears were a contender season after season for a long time. With everything comes change and that is what is happening with Seattle right now. The question is, what will their next Cup team look like? Word Count: 1504 (2 week claim)
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  8. Brewins15

    Halifax AGM hired

    Hello, It is time for me to announce the new Halifax AGM! There were a ton of great applicants out there. Id like to remind everyone who didn't get picked that your time will come and to not give up. Keep applying and you will get there too. Without further delay Halifax's new agm will be.... Do you want to know? Do you really want to know? Oh you do... I guess I will tell you then. Halifax's new agm is @spicy_gecko!!! Congratulations!! #BOATGANG
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  9. The Portal will be regularly undergoing maintenance to support the addition of the VHLE. Report any issues to Josh.
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  10. Minion Presents #7 Return and season 81 draft top ten hottest prospects Welcome one and all to Minion Presents a return of an old article I’m glad to be bring back, today we are counting down the top ten players in the upcoming VHLE draft, with out more into stuff lets jump into the rankings,(all voted by me) #10 daniel Janser Daniel Janser is hot prospect, Updates weekly and has a weekly blog based article named the tale of two brothers, this season he has 56 points and 27 of them are goals he been playing really well so far beong a point per game and will be a great player back overseas #9 Juha Jarvinen Juha Jarvinen is a VHLM goaltender who is right now a weekly updated, with a low amount of goaltenders in the VHL/VHLE draft this season a goaltender had to make the top ten to state just that at the time I’m writing this he is 19-15-1 #8 Sirdsvaldis Miglaskems A Player the hits the cap weekly and is overall great for the locker room and on the ice an easy top ten player so far he had been a player maker scoring ten goals but has 46 points #7 Wattson Power Wattson is a two way defense man who can get back and help keep the puck put of the net or go help the offense get a goal if thats what you need, caps almost every week and plays really while on the ice, he could be one of the best players on the ice next season #6 Hulk Hogan 2nd To sum this up this man is the best defense player in the draft and could easy be top three, he is only this low because their a lot of high tpe dman in this draft and when that happens people tend to fall he had 113 points in 52 games so far and 34 of them are goal he is the best dman this season by far #5 Nezuko A better alright forward right here, if theirs one thing that stands out he only has eight penalty minutes this season (an average of 0.15 per game) thats crazy, he is a great earner and already VHLE ready #4 Maximus Decimus Meridius The return of a legendary user and so his player has to be great and so far he is none of his stats really stand out, but with the high tpe and he already has a point per game he is going high in the draft and thats for sure TOP THREE Harkat Mulds-Zaza Colors-Nico Pearce
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  11. tfong

    Ban Thread

    User @MattyIce has been suspended from the league forums and discord until November 19, 2021. During this time he will be under a point task ban as well. This is a result of violation of Violation of personal conduct of a VHL GM, Violation of the VHL Code of Conduct and harassment/inappropriate behavior towards a community member. This is a general reminder to everyone that the league takes harassment complaints incredibly seriously. Consent is incredibly important to us here to ensure that everyone feels safe and has fun. It is not only the staff’s duty but all members to ensure that each of us helps to grow and keep this community safe for one another.
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  12. There's a level of relief to finally see the plans created in the S76-S77 offseason finally come to fruition. When @Victor announced that he would be stepping down as Moscow GM at the conclusion of S76, I, as his unofficial AGM, mentioned that it could be time to blow up the team and start a rebuild. @Josh had made it obvious well in advance that he wanted to send Roque Davis to LA, where they had built a young, budding core of their own to become competitive, and both Nate Telker (@Telkster) and Kris Rice (@Ricer13) were retiring, leaving massive holes in the 2-time Victory Cup winning organization. Even though who the next Moscow GM would be was unknown, we felt it was best to give the organization a clear direction regardless of who was taking over, and decided to send out Alex Letang to DC for more assets. Once I was officially named the GM, I took it a step further, trading Mikko Lahtinen (@Beketov) and Jacob Tonn (@MexicanCow123) to London for a massive package including Philip Stein (@IHateBobNutting) and the 3rd overall pick in the S77 draft. Combined with the 1st pick in the draft which came from LA, we were able to select Duncan Idaho (@OrbitingDeath ) and Paul Atreides (@Mr_Hatter), effectively putting the rebuild in motion with the first pieces of our future. The transition from one of the most competitive and successful teams in the regular season to a team that missed the playoffs in 3 straight years was.....difficult to say the least. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am very impatient. My attention and focus is lost easily, and if something doesn't engage me, I will move on without hesitation. Sitting through 3 straight seasons of regular season losses after losses was absolutely horrible for me, and I hated it. The only thing that kept me going was the plan I had in S76, and the people that came in because of it such as Hard Markinson (@STZ), The Seabasstard (@Seabass) and Papa Emeritus. Piece by piece, the core kept coming together, but the losses came as well. At some point last season, I got fed up of losing and made a bit of a rash decision by trading for Aurelien Moreau (@Frank) from Toronto. Granted, I wanted Frank regardless of whether we made playoffs that season or not, but my greed for my own player in S81 meant we gave up a top 5 pick in S80. We probably won't even get my own player in S81 at this point. But we missed the playoffs again and at that point, I was just pissed. Then the new plan came into play, where we were going to swing for the fences and just go for it in S80, no matter what it took. Except out S81 1st, that was off-limits (I've learned, Victor, we don't trade all our picks!). We also traded for the rights of Tyler Walker (@Advantage) in an attempt to shore up our blue line in his swan song season, and Lexi Glass ( @AW13) to give us a scoring threat alongside Seabass. Those moves and their signings took us to about the edge of the salary cap which was dropped to 40 million from the old 45 million, which meant we had to do some cap finagling to get Rara signed in free agency. Honestly, I usually find sim leagues fun, even when updating or doing menial work within updating the VHFL spreadsheet. Trade chats are fun even when I want to bash my head into a fucking wall because the other GM is playing hardball and I just want to get a trade done so I can eat dinner. But working out the financials to get Rara on the team and keep the team cap compliant was the first time I actually felt stress. Depreciation hadn't been run, so updated player salaries weren't finalized either. Add on that we had like 4 players on the edge of salary thresholds, and even 1 miscalculation or projection error would leave us over the cap and ready for a swift spanking from the commissioners. Luckily, the calculations were on point due to some help from @BrutalBoost in the 11th hour, and everything went about exactly to plan, and we even had 500k in space left over as a buffer. But we're finally not in the basement of the EU, instead 6 points in the lead in the conference with 2 games in hand on everyone. STHS is a bitch in the playoffs but for now, I'm satisfied with where our team is at. I'm very appreciative to everyone on the team for sticking it out through the painful seasons, and I appreciate your trust most of all. Hoping we can ride this momentum into a deep playoff run! MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW (I've written too many words for a VHL.com again, you happy @N0HBDY?)
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  13. Who is the Miami Marauders newest winger? She is a french import from Metz which borders Germany. Her father was German and sold cars for a car dealership and her mother a French teacher. They hit it off instantly and had Ariane. From a young age she had loved the sport of hockey attending all of the Olympic games she could to see her French team. Her first experience with the Victory Hockey League was ten years ago at the age of 12 when she caught the World Juniors, Team Western Europe hosted a game in France and she spent her entire summers allowance and savings to buy a train ticket to go rep Western Europe. As a young French player she was enthralled by how many Europeans were in the league. She went home and started watching every game she could find online and on TV. It was here she found the Helsinki Titans, she fell in love with their Jerseys, the logo...just everything admittedly she might have spent a tad too much money on Titans merch. So when she got the call from the Victory Hockey League Ten years later she almost fainted. At 22 and fresh out of university the Miami Marauders General Manager (name here) called her offering her a contract to play for them. She had never been to America before and would be playing professional hockey. She was over the moon and hoped on a plane the same day. Ariane Leblanc is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community is sports, being gay herself she was nervous about joining the league. It was quickly made clear however that in this league, as long as you can play, you can stay. She was at practice today with #Standuptohate on her stick, written on some tape that was placed on the shaft. Her laces for the season will be rainbow themed and any goal she scores she will donate $1000 to Charity. When asked about all this, she seemed determined. Via Translator: “I am not doing it to be flashy, or stand out, or to try to be better than everyone. I'm doing it because I'm proud of who I am, what I am and I think that should be celebrated. I want to let people in the community know that no matter your Identity, Hockey is a sport for everyone. I am excited to kick ass and start making a contribution here” Via Translator: “The opportunity to play hockey professionally in this league, a league I watched as a kid, is amazing. Getting to lace up my skates and play with some of the best players on the planet will be a challenge, but here i am and lets get to work” Miami is looking to repeat as champions again in season 80, maybe Leblanc can be that added depth that pushes them over. She seemed eager to get on the ice and start scoring, finish up a photo shoot with her new team and had nothing but smiles. The future in the league looks bright, and we will follow Ariane Leblanc very closely.
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  14. (graphic by @Ricer13) Hello everyone, and welcome to a new type of article by VSN Scouting! @MattyIce and I have covered prospect pools quite a lot in the past, done mock drafts every season, and had all sorts of focus on current prospects in the league. However, we wanted to switch things up and turn the clock back a bit, and focus on prospects from four seasons ago. Hindsight is 20/20, so we want to redraft the S77 class and try and see what could have been if teams knew then what they know now. A couple ground rules as to how we’re doing this redraft: Matty and I will be doing two separate redrafts, just to see where we agree and disagree and to foster a little bit of discussion. We are not going to be going back in time to what a team may have needed in S77, but rather what a team could use today. This is more of a personal disclaimer, but this is just a fantasy draft and does not directly represent what I would have preferred to happen on draft day (Yes, this is me hinting I picked someone other than my original picks at 1st and/or 3rd overall. Don’t worry, if I had to do it again, I’d do the same thing, but I do gotta show a little love to the objective top player in the class so far, stats-wise). Anyways, let’s get into it! --- 1st overall - Moscow Menace - Original Pick: Paul Atreides - C Matty’s Pick: Duncan Idaho - @OrbitingDeath - RW Spartan’s Pick: Brendan Telker - @Telkster - LW Matty: This draft had a very solid top 5 players to choose from, and seriously, anyone could have gotten selected first. The Moscow Menace had the first and third selections, but unless a serious off-the-board pick was made, they were getting franchise players with those picks. I’ve selected Duncan Idaho to take the top spot. He’s proved to be that top line, power forward that all teams hope to have. With over a point-per-game average and already over 1k hits, and a Stolzy to start off his trophy collection, this man could have some serious hardware coming his way, and he hasn’t even entered his prime yet… Spartan: This was honestly one of the most difficult picks to redraft for me, partially because this is my own pick, but also because of how great both of the top 2 players in this class have been. Matty has pointed out how great Duncan Idaho has been so far but Brendan Telker has been statistically better, simply lacking the physicality side. Telker is the leader in goals, assists and points and while he doesn’t hit much, he doesn’t take penalties which could be the difference in a close game. An added bonus would be that Telker had a fantastic career in Moscow with Nate Telker so Moscow would simply be bringing back a franchise favorite user. If I had to actually go back and redraft this pick it'd be Idaho 10 times out of 10, but for the sake of this piece and the integrity of it, I have to show Telker some respect for his phenomenal performance. 2nd overall - HC Davos Dynamo - Original Pick: Reylynn Reinhart - D Matty’s pick: Brendan Telker - @Telkster - LW Spartan’s pick: Duncan Idaho - @OrbitingDeath - RW Matty: Telker was selected by Malmo with the 5th pick, but his growth, play and value have massively grown with him getting his breakout season in S78. He won the Dustin Funk award for most improved player, getting a 40 point improvement in only his second season. In S79, he would dominate the league in goals with 58, and help lead Malmo to both a Victory Cup and the Continental Cup. It’s arguable that he and Gunnar Odinsson are each other’s reason to be such dominant players, or could we be looking at the top duo in the league for seasons to come? Spartan: This is in no means a slight to Reylynn Reinhart who is still one of the best defensemen in the class, and rapidly approaching that title in the league as well. But what Davos severely lacks right now is a secondary scorer to pair with Taro Tsujimoto, and Duncan Idaho is one of the best point scorers in the league right now. Davos has another selection in this draft class with plenty of defensemen, so there shouldn’t be an issue replacing Reinhart, albeit at a bit of a dropoff. 3rd overall - Moscow Menace - Original Pick: Duncan Idaho - RW Matty’s Pick: Reylynn Reinhart - @Ricer13 - D Spartan’s Pick: Paul Atreides - @Mr_Hatter - C Matty: In this redraft, I’m going with Reylynn Reinhart to get selected by Moscow with the third pick. Why? After selecting Idaho 1st, taking a defensewoman next just makes good sense. She’s enjoying a breakout year this season with Davos, cementing her place in the league as one of the best going forward. She’s taken her game to the next level at both ends of the ice, and isn’t shy to dish out the hits either. Imagine a top pair d-corps of Reinhart and next season's top pick, Hard Markinson?.... That’s a scary thought… Spartan: I simply can’t pass over our 1C at 3rd overall, who is actually 2nd in the S77 class in points. 3rd in goals as well, he can do a bit of everything on both ends of the ice. Despite Moscow missing the playoffs for 3 years straight after he was drafted, Atreides has a +46 rating, one of the best in the class showing his two-way prowess on the ice. Regardless if Moscow selects Idaho or Telker 1st overall, Atreides would be a perfect center to build a top line around. 4th overall - New York Americans - Original Pick: Zeedayno Chara - D Matty’s Pick: Asher Reinhart - @rjfryman - C Spartan’s Pick: Reylynn Reinhart - @Ricer13 - D Matty: New York has had a string of bad luck in recent seasons, but after selecting Red Lite at 1st overall the previous season, envision him playing with a solid centerman, faceoff wizard, Asher Reinhart. Could their point totals be higher? Could they have been the top forward duo in the league? Could they have possibly already won a Cup?... Spartan: Going with a Reinhart seems to be the consensus here between myself and Matty, but I’m going with the defensewoman Reinhart over the forward Reinhart. Chara hasn’t been a poor selection by any means, but Reylynn slipping down to 4 should be a slam dunk here. She sits 3rd in the class with points, and sports a -23 instead of the -51 that Chara displays, showing a bit more defensive prowess to go along with terrific offense. She has half the penalties of Chara despite having 100 more shots blocked, and only about 200 fewer hits. Both strong defensemen, but Reylynn is the girl to go with. 5th overall - Malmo Nighthawks - Original Pick: Brendan Telker - LW Matty’s Pick: Paul Atreides - @Mr_Hatter - C Spartan’s Pick: Asher Reinhart - @rjfryman - C Matty: An unlikely slide would land Atreides in Malmo at 5th, but that doesn’t mean his value is any lower. He does have the second-most points in the draft class, so maybe he’s the centerman Malmo needed. It’s possible Malmo could have had that dominant S79 with Atreides and Odinsson up front, but who knows? Spartan: I agree that Malmo would take a center here, but since I’ve already mocked Atreides, I’ll have Asher Reinhart come over to Malmo to anchor a line with Gunnar Odinsson. Malmo currently has a fantastic first line that features Brendan Telker and Gunnar Odinsson, but they only have one true center on the roster in Jakob Sosa. Adding Reinhart would give them a truly lethal first line. 6th overall - Toronto Legion - Original Pick: Asher Reinhart - C Matty’s Pick: That Dude - @Cornholio - C Spartan’s Pick: Zeedayno Chara - @Jubis - D Matty: Toronto’s pick here had plenty of options to address any need they desired, so I went with That Dude. He was originally picked 10th by London, but he was the next best centerman on the board. He’s been a very steady player, quietly improving his craft up to this point. He’s having his breakout season right now, and he should be a point-per-game player for the rest of his career. Spartan: Honestly, Toronto could really select anyone right now. Since they selected 3 forwards in the top 5 of the S80 draft and lack many defense prospects in their pool, defense is the way I’m leaning, with the 2nd best defenseman in the class available at 6th overall. Even if Toronto was in the same state today after drafting Chara, the trade market is always much more conducive to moving defensemen than forwards. 7th overall - Calgary Wranglers - Original Pick: Rolf Fizzlebeef Jr - D Matty’s Pick: Aurelien Moreau - @Frank - D Spartan’s Pick: Aurelien Moreau - @Frank - D Matty: Moreau was still on the board when Calgary picked Fizzlebeef Jr, but it’s questionable who the better defenseman is. The only glaring difference between the two is Moreau’s physicality. Perhaps he would have been a more ideal defensive partner for Tom Eagles, Calgary’s top pick the previous season. He’s already on his third VHL team and hasn’t hit his prime yet, but he, like most S77 draftees, is having a career season with Moscow. Spartan: Fizzlebeef Jr may have been the more touted prospect before the S77 draft with his very consistent development, but it's Aurelien Moreau who has outshined him to grab the title of 3rd best defenseman in this class. TPE-wise, he’s second, and having escaped both Helsinki and Toronto who are going through massive rebuilds, is showing why he’s one of the best defensemen in this class while playing for Moscow. 8th overall - Riga Reign - Original Pick: Jan Hlozek - D Matty’s Pick: Jan Hlozek - @Bojovnik - D Spartan’s Pick: Druss Deathwalker - @animal74 - RW Matty: I think Riga got their guy with Hlozek. Sure, he wasn’t VHL ready at the time, but since joining the Reign in S78, he’s been very solid. His improvement has been steady and Riga has their defense corps rounded out. He’s playing at a point per game pace, getting a lot of assists and blocking shots. Very solid value pick here. Spartan: Deathwalker wasn’t selected until 11th overall in the actual draft, so this is a nice little bump up for him in the redraft. One thing I’ve always sort of noticed about Riga is that they have too many defensemen. While Hlozek would go here to almost any other team, I don’t think Riga needs another defenseman on their team, and should instead go with the wildly underrated Druss Deathwalker to provide some additional scoring up front. Plus, Deathwalker was VHL ready right off the bat, having played 254 games to Hlozek’s 182, making him the hotter commodity in this redraft. 9th overall - Helsinki Titans - Original Pick: Aurelien Moreau - D Matty’s Pick: Druss Deathwalker - @animal74 - RW Spartan’s Pick: Jan Hlozek - @Bojovnik - D Matty: This guy hits everything, and at the time, probably could’ve helped Helsinki as a rookie in their final seasons as a dominant team. They came close to a Continental Cup; his physicality has shown that, despite spending a lot of time in the sin bin, he could have been a game changer. He did prove that, helping Malmo to a Cup in S79. He’s still coming close to being a point-per-game player, but it depends what value is placed on being a power forward in the league. Spartan: Moreau would have been a solid piece for Helsinki today, but I think it’s clear anyone we redraft to the Titans would have been sold in Helsinki’s massive fire sale a couple seasons ago. However, that’s not going to stop me from sending the all-around defenseman in Jan Hlozek to the Titans to shore up their back end. He has 30 goals to his name and 144 points in 182 games, quietly having a very solid season. I think he could be even better without being buried under all of Riga’s defensive depth. 10th overall - London United - Original Pick: That Dude - C Matty’s Pick: Zeedayno Chara - @Jubis - D Spartan’s Pick: That Dude - @Cornholio - C Matty: Man, would London love having this guy on their team right now. He solidified his place in the VHL in only his sophomore season, and for a d-man, that’s saying a lot. He’s the equivalent of a swiss army knife; he has the right tools for the right jobs. Has a great shot, great passes, blocks shots, and hits very hard. Everything that London needs right now, he can do. Spartan: I honestly don’t see any reason why That Dude shouldn’t go back to London in this redraft. He was VHL ready off the bat, and has also had a very solid career to the tune of 73-118-191 in 254 games. While London is going through a retool after trying to compete in S77 and S78, That Dude has shown that he is going to be the center-piece of the London team that emerges from the rebuild. 11th overall - Malmo Nighthawks - Original Pick: Druss Deathwalker - RW Matty’s Pick: Rolf Fizzlebeef Jr. - @TacticalHammer - D Spartan’s Pick: Rolf Fizzlebeef Jr. - @TacticalHammer - D Matty: Malmo was in full rebuild phase at this point, and a solid defensive prospect could have been what the doctor ordered. Although Mr Beef has had 40+ point seasons during his ELC, he’s broken out this season. He’s a great puck-mover and plays more in a support role, but could this type of player have helped Malmo win that S79 Cup? I’d like to think so. Spartan: The only remaining thing that Malmo could sorely use would be another blue chip defenseman such as Fizzlebeef. Losing Deathwalker at this spot costs them some forward depth, but their defensive situation was much bleaker before they swung a trade for Scotty Kaberle from Toronto, and even he is starting to head into the twilight years of his career. Fizzlebeef Jr may not be the most offensive defenseman, but he provides solid defense and racks up assists, which would be perfect alongside the loaded forward group Malmo boasts. 12th overall - Helsinki Titans: - Original Pick: Gustislav Nasherov - RW Matty’s Pick: Gustislav Nasherov - @Vat - RW Spartan’s Pick: Gustislav Nasherov - @Vat - RW Matty: Yep, no change here. Helsinki made the right pick with Nasherov. Although he had a slow start, playing lower in the lineup on a stacked team, he quickly became Helsinki’s top young forward the following season. The team has been stripped and is currently rebuilding, but with Nashy at the forefront, this pick will bear fruit for the Titans going forward. Spartan: Agreed, there really isn’t a better pick for Helsinki here. While not VHL ready at the time, having the extra season to develop only helped him as Helsinki ended up going into a rebuild anyways. Like That Dude in London, Nasherov is primed to be one of the centerpieces of the finished product once Helsinki completes their process. 13th overall - HC Davos Dynamo - Original Pick: Miles Johnson - LW Matty’s Pick: Joe Madison - @Brewins15 - D Spartan’s Pick: Joe Madison - @Brewins15 - D Matty: With Davos selecting Telker instead of Reinhart, the Dynamo would have been hard pressed to not select a defenseman. Madison would have been somewhat an off-the-board pick, but he has grown into a reliable player. This season, he’s producing at a higher rate, and could have seen top line duty sooner on Davos had he gotten selected here instead. He’s at the point where he could play up or down in any lineup and be an effective player. Spartan: Similarly to Matty, because I had Davos passing over Reylynn Reinhart, I have to select a defenseman for them here. While Madison hasn’t really put up many points over his career, he’s been stuck behind Tom Eagles and Rolf Fizzlebeef Jr for his entire career. Perhaps the chance to make up the top pairing in Davos instead would be more beneficial, with Davos securing their Reinhart replacement at 13. 14th overall - Calgary Wranglers - Original Pick: Joe Madison - D Matty’s Pick: TheCHEESE - @TheCHEESE - RW Spartan’s Pick: TheCHEESE - @TheCHEESE - RW Matty: Originally selected 31st overall by HC Davos, The Cheese could be considered the steal of this draft. He has developed some talent to play in a depth role, more or less, but he isn’t an elite player. He’s the type of player that supports a top line with good offensive and positional skill, and as of right now, he’s on pace to break his previous bests. Maybe another season or two could see him explode, but for now he’s playing on a 2nd line with some good players. Spartan: I was honestly surprised to see that Cheese has put up 115 points in 181 games considering he was drafted 31st overall. He’s really been one of the most underrated players in this class, and could provide Calgary with solid 2nd line depth scoring. This would mean Calgary is short a 2nd pairing D-man, but unfortunately I don’t think there’s a replacement option here. Hadrian hasn’t really lived up to the hype, but TheCheese has more than exceeded it. 15th overall - Warsaw Predators - Original Pick: Hadrian - D Matty’s Pick: Kyle Glass - @Tbeez99 - LW Spartan’s Pick: Nicholas Mariani - @Mistxh J - LW Matty: Kyle Glass slid all the way to 22nd overall, a second round steal by the Moscow Menace. Glass has become a solid power forward now, having been moved from Moscow to London. He could have been a mainstay for Warsaw, even though they are in somewhat of a type of retooling. Glass excels at hitting mostly, although his defensive IQ hasn’t yet reached the levels of a top line VHL player yet. Spartan: Mariani was pretty slow in his development but has torn it up this season, his sophomore year in the VHL. While he wouldn’t have helped the seemingly perennial contenders that was Warsaw before this season, he’d be a solid piece today and for their future. With 94 points in 110 career games and only 8 total penalty minutes, he’s showing that he’s a fantastic late bloomer and could be a big piece of Warsaw moving forward. 16th overall - Vancouver Wolves - Original Pick: Baron Kruulenstien - D Matty’s Pick: Hadrian - @bluesfan55 - D Spartan’s Pick: Kyle Glass - @Tbeez99 - LW Matty: Hadrian has become a very solid depth defenseman so far in his VHL career, also helping Warsaw win the Continental Cup in his rookie season. He defends quite well and loves to throw around the body. Warsaw got him at 15th; had he gone one pick later, Vancouver would have had one less issue to worry about during their rebuild with this man on the blue line. He hasn’t provided much offense to date, but that’s changing slowly. Spartan: Kyle Glass may just be the worst defensive player in this class sporting a -64 rating, but that could just be a byproduct of playing for Moscow for the first few seasons of his career. Before the VHLE, Moscow also ran 3 forward lines, which could have also contributed to his lower point total, but he has shown that he is fully capable of scoring goals which is really all the Vancouver Wolves could ask for. --- Thank you all for reading our take on redrafting the S77 VHL Draft! Let us know if you agree with our redraft, or what you’d do if you had the chance to go back in time and redo this draft. If you like reading this kind of work from VSN Scouting, let us know so we can do more redrafts in the future! Also a fun little table of the top 18 players by TPE of the S77 Draft Class and their stats: (3.4k words, Matty and I claiming 2 weeks each)
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  15. Horcrux

    S80 WJC GM Applications

    I would like to apply even though im new i want to learn and get experience in all facets of this league. ide like to apply for any team but mostly Can USA Europe
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  16. @Ricer13 Welcome to the S80 VHL/E/M trade deadline recap! Here we will take a look at all the action that took place on trade deadline day and for trades specifically the week leading up to it! While you’re here please check out some of the other VSN articles that have been published recently: S80 Under 200 Power Rankings | VHL's All-Decade Team: S1-S10 | The Seattle Bears Dynasty VHL The VHL had a relatively quiet trade deadline as no players were traded on the day. Leading up to the trade deadline there were 3 trades involving a lot of players and picks going to new teams. NYA/LDN New York receives: Yuuto Kira Cloudera @kentakira London receives: S81 DAV 3rd Exactly a week before the trade deadline London sent Yuuto Kira Cloudera to New York for a S81 3rd round pick (originally belonging to Davos). Being traded is nothing new to Cloudera as they have already been traded 3 times in the VHL career and played for 5 different teams, with their longest tenure being the 112 games they played for London. In their career the defensemen has amassed 39 goals, and 134 assists for 173 points in 275 games played. Notably Cloudera’s physical stats are quite impressive with 566 hits and 506 career blocked shots. Since being traded they have 2 goals and 8 assists in 18 games played for New York. VAN/WAR Vancouver receives: Dakota Lamb @dlamb Warsaw receives: Sheldon Juniper @fyrefly S81 VAN 1st S81 VAN 3rd Now this was a big one, As Warsaw sent their longtime team leader to Vancouver in exchange for Sheldon Juniper, a S81 1st, and a S81 3rd. Having played in Warsaw for 6 full seasons Lamb was the figurehead of the team and he let everyone know that on the ice as in 478 games for the Predators Lamb had 246 goals, and 362 assists for 608 points! Since being traded Lamb has continued their production scoring 26 points in 16 games. Going back the other way was Sheldon Juniper who has been relatively consistent throughout his career and has scored 130 goals and added 175 assists for a total of 305 points in 347 games played. Both Lamb and Juniper will be retiring at the conclusion of the season. DCD/WAR D.C. receives: Victor Grachev @KaleebtheMighty S81 WAR 4th Warsaw receives: Markuss Puhovs @VOID Stiles S82 DCD 2nd Warsaw’s second trade leading up to the deadline saw them move away from the longest tenured player in franchise history in Victor Grachev as they were sent along with a S81 4th to D.C. in exchange for Markuss Puhovs and a S82 2nd. During his tenure with Warsaw Grachev was extremely consistent, never scoring below 60 points with a career high of 101 coming just last season. Puhovs on the other hand is a much younger defensemen who still has a couple seasons left in their career and to this point has played for 4 different teams in 3 seasons, across these four teams Puhovs has scored 75 points in 195 games played. Grachev is retiring at the end of this season and Puhovs’ contract will be expiring. In what was a pretty quiet week heading up to the deadline, some things were made very clear, D.C. and Vancouver are trying to cash in and win now, while Warsaw departs from their 2 longtime players in exchange for future options indicating the start of a rebuild. VHLE Similar to the entire season, there was not a single trade made in the VHLE as all the teams are pretty close and each and every one of them could win the Unnamed Cup! VHLM As per usual the VHLM had a lot of roster moves in general on trade deadline day, and 3 trades. SSK/YUK Saskatoon receives: S81 MIS 2nd S81 YUK 4th Yukon receives: Nikita Eklund @Ekky S81 HOU 5th This trade saw Saskatoon saying goodbye to longtime player Nikita Eklund in exchange for a S81 MIS 2nd and a S81 YUK 4th, adding in a S81 HOU 5th as well originally acquired from Philadelphia earlier this season. Nikita Eklund has been a staple on the Wild blueline for the better part of 2 seasons now and in 133 total VHLM games has scored 13 goals and 84 assists for 97 points. Eklund was drafted 39th overall in the S80 VHL draft by London. MIN/HOU Minnesota receives: Nils Godlander @Moon_50 Houston receives: cube whale @Whalecube S82 MIN 2nd The first of two trades saw the #2 overall pick in the VHLM draft Nils Goodlander go to Minnesota in exchange for Cube Whale and a S82 MIN 2nd. Nils Godlander Has been having a great season this season and now has 40 goals and 98 points in 56 games played. Godlander is now back playing with the team he signed to as a waiver player last season so only time will tell if Godlander has any chemistry with some of his old teammates. Cube Whale is an interesting player and has had a very interesting career in the VHLM, after signing with Mississauga as a waiver player in season 78 Whale would produce 20 points in 50 games, good enough to see them be selected 74th overall by Halifax in the 79 VHLM draft. Following the draft Whale was declared inactive and subsequently dropped by Halifax only to sign with Minnesota with only 12 games remaining in the season, where they have played prior to the trade. In 118 VHLM games Whale has 62 points. MIN/HOU Minnesota receives: James glove dropper @Jamomayo Houston receives: Oskar Kiprusoff @Bobo S81 MIN 3rd S82 MIN 5th The second trade between Houston and Minnesota was very similar to the first as Houston would send top forward James Glove Dropper to Minnesota in exchange for Oskar Kiprusoff, a S81 MIN 3rd, and a S82 MIN 4th. Glove Dropper has done well this season and his career numbers are quite impressive as they have scored 112 points in 93 VHLM games. Kiprusoff on the other hand has been very productive as well, having scored 76 points in 63 career VHLM games including 7 with Houston in only 4 games. That's it for all the trades made in the VHLM leading up to the trade deadline with some pretty interesting trades being made between Houston and Minnesota. In addition to the trades the VHLM saw a lot of new players on trade deadline day, here’s a quick rundown of where they signed: Ottawa Lynx: Max Torq @Steve Yukon Rush: Tavish DeGroot @rory Kakapo Bushtit @Esso2264 Minnesota Storm: Cole Pearce @N0HBDY Calix Pearce @Laine Philadelphia Reapers: Perry Laperriere @KaleebtheMighty Nagy Al @bigAL Vasile Lamb @dlamb Amiens Brillant @dart Mievaldis Arpa @16z Saskatoon Wild: Wumbo @Fire Vigneault Thank you for reading this season’s trade deadline recap, best of luck to all the teams in the playoffs!
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  17. fyrefly

    My New Player

    Hey VHL, It's me, fyrefly. I've been gone for a long time, inactive for a long time, unfortunately. I have struggled to find the time for VHL, as this is my first year of high school and it has been a big change. I'm happy to announce that I will be starting over in the VHL! I will be creating a new player tomorrow morning, to join the S82 draft class. I sincerely apologize to all of my GMs who I left hanging without any notice whatsoever. Thank you all for giving Sheldon ice time regardless, and I'm ready to finish off my career strong in Warsaw. I will note - this new player will not be nearly as active as I once was. I doubt I'll be able to get point tasks in each week, but I will try to do smaller tasks as much as I can. Well, I'm glad to be back. Here's to a new, better career!
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  18. It has come to the attention of the league that @Doomsday has gone a bit awol recently. McWolf and I have been discussing, and this decision is first and foremost for the health of the VHLM on the whole. Anyone who's been here longer than a week knows Doomsday and I go way back, and he's one of my favorite people here, so naturally I'm hoping this is as simple as life got busy for a few weeks and he'll be back at the helm before you know it, and someone with his history and reputation here certainly deserves that chance - but for the time being, it's not what's best for Saskatoon and for the VHLM. As a result, we are naming an Interim GM. Given the position the league is in, and the fact that it's never ideal to pick something up during the season, we've gone with an existing AGM who is already in on league talks and the like. Additionally, there is one current AGM who has been a VHLM GM before, has experience doing the job, and knows its ins and outs - and not to be too spoiler-y, but was in the final few names for the last crew of openings, and is more likely than not to get a position in the near future whether it's this one or another one. Full disclosure: this may be temporary, and the parties involved were informed of that. The position is Doomsday's until it isn't, and we don't know as of yet what has happened with him, so it's entirely possible things revert to how they were at the beginning of the season. It's also entirely possible this becomes a longer term thing, if for whatever reason he does not return to his normal activity, and the person in question is certainly qualified should he need to take the reins for good. Of all people though, Doomsday deserves the benefit of the doubt - he's had chances to move onto bigger and better things and has chosen to stay in the VHLM, so we know where his heart lies. Obligatory @VHLM GM tag so that when I later tag the person we're stealing from, they can't determine that it's them from the sake of having been tagged, and the others can't determine it's not them from the lack of one.
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  19. bigAL

    What is the VHL?

    It's always so hard to describe what we have here. We pay big bucks to Youtubers to advertise the VHL, but they have a hard time explaining what we do here, how we do it, and why they should join. I feel like our current advertisements don't do the league justice. People sign up because the Youtuber told them to, but they don't stay because they didn't know what they got themselves into. We're not NHL Be a Pro mode, for better or worse. It's a fine line between selling something and telling the truth about it, but I want to explore what we do and how we can convince people we're worth joining. *** The VHL is the internet's premiere simulation hockey league. What is a simulation hockey league? A "sim league" is exactly what it sounds like: we play sports, but we don't 'play' sports. Think of Be A GM mode in NHL: no one actually plays their AHL affiliate games, we just sim over them. Press the button, the computer computes, and the game spits out a complete recap of everything that happened. Someone wins, someone loses, someone scores goals, someone makes saves. In the VHL, we simulate using STHS (the Simon T Hockey Simulator). Simon is just a guy in Quebec who coded an entire simulation hockey engine. One of our guys presses the button, and out comes a game report. We have three leagues: our minor league (VHLM); our European development league (VHLE); and our major leagues (VHL). Each of those teams have their own teams, run by GMs, and compete for their own trophies and awards. What does it mean to be a simulation hockey player? Your role is to be a simulation hockey player. You'll create one player. You'll give them a sweet hockey name, pick a position, and play a ten or so season career. You'll get drafted to the VHLM and work your way up the ranks of professional hockey. You'll get the thrill of hearing your name called in the VHL draft. You'll score goals and fight. You'll ride the highs and lows of a long season. You'll make the playoffs and compete for the Cup, or miss out and feel immense heartbreak. Off the ice, you'll be one of the team. Each team has up to twelve or so real life, human players just like you. You'll talk strategies, schedules, wins and losses in your discord locker room. You'll celebrate the achievements of your new friends, or start beef with players on other teams. Your GM and AGM make up your teams front office. They are the ones that scout players, draft prospects, make trades, and set the line-up. They're experts at understanding the league, helping new players, and building a successful franchise. How do I git gud? You want to be the best. Not every player will become a generational talent like a Condor Adrienne or a Rayz Funk, but it's worth a try. STHS has a variety of player attributes that you want to level up. The attributes are different for skaters and goalies, but either way, you make the choice to build the kind of player you want to be. If you want to be a fourth line goon, you can increase your Fighting or Checking or Strength. If you want to be a silky smooth playmaker, bump up your Skating and Puck Handling and Passing. Your goalie might want to work on Reaction Time or Rebound Control. It's up to you to make the best player possible. What do I actually have to do? In order to level up your player, you need to earn TPE. TPE (total points earned, don't worry about the acronym, it's just TPE) is a classic progression system for forum-run simulation sports leagues. You earn TPE by creating content for the league. Any sports league only exists as much as people pay attention to it. I know nothing about cricket because Sportsnet.ca doesn't publish any articles about cricket, they don't show highlights, and they don't talk about it. If they produced cricket content, I'd definitely buy into it, but they don't so I don't. In the VHL, we need you to create content to bring the league to life. Some people like to write articles. You can write short articles (~200 words) or you can write longer stories (500+ words), for different amounts of TPE. These can be recaps of drafts or playoffs, or a certain storyline throughout the season, or analysis of a team or player's progress. You can be as creative as possible; as long as it's about the VHL, it earns you TPE. Some people like to create graphic art. They play with Photoshop (or one of the great free alternatives) to create epic forum signatures for players, like Cowboy Prout or Nico Pearce. Others make infographics to show stats or celebrate a special moment. The graphics wizards here are always happy to give feedback, tips and tricks, and overall help you become a better artist. There are stories of people learning to do graphic design here as a high schooler and turning into a lifelong passion and a paying career, which is awesome. Again, you can be as creative as you want. As long as it's about the VHL, it earns you TPE. Some people make podcasts about the league. You don't have to be Jeff Marek or Steve Dangle to have a hockey podcast, these days anyone can record a voice memo while they're driving on a road trip and upload it to Spotify. Like graphics, learning to record, produce, and share a podcast is a great transferrable skill that can both help you do cool things outside of the VHL, and earn you TPE. Otherwise, you can earn TPE by being part of your team. Each week, your team hosts a Press Conference. Speak to the media, answer the questions, and you'll earn your TPE. The other way to earn TPE is to get a job. GMs, league commissioners, and updaters all get job pay. These jobs are competitive: you have to apply, interview, and be the successful candidate. Not everyone gets to be a GM, there's only so many teams in the leagues. There's a weekly cap of how much TPE you can earn, so you don't have to worry about the eager beavers going hard and becoming way better than you. If you're too busy one week to do a "Point Task", you can claim "Welfare". Click the button for some free TPE, but beware: it's not as much as writing an article or making a graphic. What else is there to do here? All the actual hockey, TPE earning, and league affairs happen on the forum. The real community exists on Discord. We have a bumping Discord server with over 600 members. People hang out, crack jokes, talk NHL, or just whatever in the #general channel. There are special channels for talking about the VHLM or VHLE; for getting hyped about the drafts; for sharing great articles; for asking questions and helping others with graphics. There are non-VHL channels too: we have a lively League of Legends community; a big group of members will often pick a new game and play together, like Minecraft or Pokemon MMO; there's a "health club" where people share workout and healthy eating stories; and we have a hilarious Jeopardy channel where Alex Trebek tests your smarts. In addition to the main league server, each team in the VHL has their own server. Here, your team has its own locker room where you can talk about the games, get hyped on a playoff run, get team-specific info from your managers, and generally build the camaraderie that comes with being on a sports team. The hockey is all on the forum, and the Discord is the place to make friends and be social around the league. The two parts of the league complement each other well. What now? Yeah, you think this sounds like something you'd be into? Head over to www.vhlforum.com, check out some of our work, and when you're ready, press the CREATE A PLAYER button in the header. Welcome to the VHL! *** Damn, that was wordy. How about a shorter one too? Come join the VHL, the internet's premiere simulation hockey league. Like when you skip games in NHL's Be a GM mode, we press a button and our virtual hockey teams play each other. Teams win and lose, players score and fight, goalies make saves and shutouts. It's legit hockey, just simulated instead of live. You'll create your own player, and play on a team made up of other real-person-controlled players. You and your new teammates are managed by your team's GM and AGM, and will guide you through your career. You'll get drafted, you'll work your way up through the minor leagues, you'll experience the highs of winning it all or the heartbreak of coming so close. The VHL Forums are our own version of Sportsnet.ca or ESPN.com. YOU become the reporters, telling stories from the league, recapping highlights and seasons. You can write stories, or create graphic designs, or record podcasts to help build the excitement and lore of the VHL. You get to be as creative as you want in building the VHL universe. Creating content for the website is the way to level up your player. Each article you write or piece of art you produce gets you TPE. Upgrading your player costs TPE, so the more you contribute, the better you'll get. Will you be a silky smooth playmaker, with high stats in Skating and Puckhandling? Or will you be a face-punching goon, specializing in Checking and Fighting? Will you become a legendary goalie, carrying a team to the playoffs and to glory? The choice is yours. *** 1639 words
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  20. @Laine Welcome to the first in what could be an ongoing series where we will look at any ‘top 10’ ranking from around the VHL. In today’s article we’ll be looking at the current top 10 VHL prospects! While you’re here feel free to check out any of the other recent VSN Articles! 10. Sven Eightnine @BarzalGoat The Seattle Bears 15th overall pick in the S80 VHL draft has come a long way since the draft and has been a productive part of the Bratislava Watchmen this season. After joining the VHLM in S78 Eightnine would go onto win a Founder’s Cup in their first season with Yukon and after being selected by Mississauga would find their way to the finals yet again, While in the VHLM they put up 25 goals, and 62 assists for 87 points in 91 games across 2 seasons. During their time in the VHLE Eightnine has continued their productive pace as they have 17 goals, and 23 assists for 40 points in 40 games for Bratislava. Eightnine will likely make their VHL debut either next season, or the season after should they elect to stay in the VHLE. 9. Logain Ablar @Kelsier After being selected 12th overall in the S80 draft by London, Ablar has taken to the ice for Bratislava of the VHLE this season and will be looking to continue their success from last season which saw them winning the Founder’s cup with Miami in the VHLM last season. While in the VHLM Ablar was a significant part of a Minnesota roster prior to being traded to Miami and in 74 VHLM games had 43 goals, and 39 assists for 82 points. Ablar proved themselves on Miami’s way to a Founder’s Cup as they had 13 points in 19 games. Similar to Eightnine, Ablar will make their VHL debut either next season, or the season after should they elect to stay in the VHLE. 8. Alessandro Nano @leafsman Nano was selected 8th overall in the S80 VHL draft by Helsinki and has spent the current season with Vastras of the VHLE. While in the VHLE Nano has performed well scoring 6 goals, and 26 assists for 32 points in 43 games, this pace is significantly better than their previous play in the VHLM for Miami and Saskatoon as they only had 61 points in 90 games. This pass-first defensemen will likely look to make the jump to the VHL next season and should prove to be a solid piece on Helsinki’s blue line for many seasons to come. 7. David Davis @Josh Prague drafted their future franchise goaltender when they drafted Davis 7th overall in the S80 VHL draft. While in the VHLM Davis carried a Halifax team to the playoffs with a 31-28-9 record and a 0.901 SV% while having 1 or no defensemen in front of him for the entire season. Currently, Davis is between the posts for the Cologne Express of the VHLE where he has a 19-18-2 record with a 0.902 SV% and a 3.96 GAA. Davis will probably make the jump to the VHL next season and possibly step right into the starting role. 6. Omi Aberg @osens Aberg was the 12th overall selection in the S79 VHL draft by the Vancouver Wolves and will look to make their much awaited arrival next season after tearing up the VHLE with Stockholm this season. Currently, Aberg sits second in points with 70 and tied for second in assists with 47. During their time in the VHLM Aberg proved to be invaluable to the eventual Founder’s Cup champion Miami Marauders as they would score 25 points in 19 games during the Founder’s Cup run. 5. Hari Singh Nalwa @Dil (ROM) Yet another member of the S79 Founder’s Cup champion Miami Marauders, Nalwa would be selected 10th overall in the S80 VHL draft by the Vancouver Wolves. During their time in the VHLM Nalwa proved to be an assist machine as they had 73 assists in 79 games, during S79 they also cracked to 30 goal mark which is quite impressive for a puck moving defensemen. This season Nalwa has continued their play having 11 goals and 40 assists for 51 points in 44 games for Rome in the VHLE. Nalwa is set to make the jump to the VHL next season and will be a welcome sight in Vancouver as he will help bolster their blueline for some time to come. 4. Baby Bob @Baby Boomer (ROM) Bob has shown to be one of the most offensively dominant prospects this season as they currently lead the VHLE in goals with 34, they have also added 33 assists for 67 points which has them in fourth place overall. In the VHLM Bob was a part of 2 very different Mississauga Hounds teams, the one that finished last in S78, and the one that walked through the regular season in S79. During that time Bob had 62 goals and 110 assists for 172 points in 146 games. Bob was selected 9th overall by the Prague Phantoms in S79 and will be in the VHL next season. 3. Saku Kotkakoivu @DollarAndADream The Calgary Wranglers’ 3rd overall selection in the S80 VHL draft has the unique accolade of being the only player to play in the VHLE to be selected in the top 5 of the VHL, VHLE, and VHLM drafts, the only other player to be selected in the top 5 of all three drafts is AJ Williams who elected not to play in the VHLE. During their time in the VHLE, Kotkakoivu has been very productive scoring 57 points in 43 games played for a solid Vastras team. While in the VHLM Kotkakoivu scored 45 goals and 50 assists for 95 points in 90 games, primarily with the Mexico City Kings. Expect to see Kotkakoivu in a Wranglers uniform next season. 2. Kyle Peace @Peace Kyle Peace was selected with the 5th overall pick in the S80 VHL draft by the Toronto Legion. Since being drafted, Peace has improved steadily and is having a solid VHLE season for Vastras so far scoring 52 points in 43 games. The prior season Peace tore up the VHLM coming in 4th and 3rd for points and goals respectively with 129 points and 59 goals for the Saskatoon Wild. Peace is set to make their debut next season and without a doubt will prove to be Toronto’s next franchise player. 1. Xavier Booberry @CowboyinAmerica Lastly, the one everyone saw coming, Xavier Booberry. The Helsinki Titans used their first overall pick in the S80 VHL draft to select Booberry and if their VHLE stats are any indication Helsinki made the right choice as Booberry currently second among starting goalies in SV% (0.928), GAA (2.93), and is sixth in wins (13). While in the VHLM Booberry tore up the league and was one of the main reasons for San Diego making the playoffs, Booberry was rewarded handsomely for this as they took home the Mitch Higgins Award as the regular season MVP and was a nominee for the top goaltender award. Booberry will likely step in as Helsinki’s starting goalie next season and will look to continue their spectacular play. Recently I had the chance to chat with the top prospect and ask them a couple questions, here’s how that went: Me: First off, what did it mean to you to go first overall? Booberry: It wasn’t necessarily something I was shooting for, but now that it’s happened it means a lot. There’s a whole lot of good players in this draft class, possibly even one of the best of all-time. For Helsinki to believe that I can be the best of the best long-term, it’s high expectations that I’m excited to live up to. Me: How do you feel spending a season in the VHLE has benefited you? Booberry: The opportunity to be in the VHLE is a key reason I entered the draft when I did, and I couldn’t be more excited to be there. Not only does it give me the opportunity to be teammates with some players that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, but the chance to be a trailblazer in something new is exciting. Plus, not gonna lie, I’m going to like having that season less of depreciation on the back end. Me: What will it be like to make your long awaited VHL debut? Booberry: It’ll be the start of a new era. Helsinki’s a franchise I’ve never played for before despite a long time in the VHL, so that’s exciting in itself. But the Titans as a whole are just starting to build to something big. It’s a step that Ori and others are already taking, but when I get in there, plus Nano, some others in my draft class and maybe even some S81 guys next season, it’s going to feel like the start of something huge. The Helsinki core is here, and we don’t plan on going anywhere. Lastly, having to keep this list to just ten was extremely difficult, here are a few honourable mentions: Florida Man @zepheter Tony Adams @fonziGG Ryan Vidot @Enorama Zach Kisslinger II @Kisslinger Em Em Flex @oilmandan Miroslav Tsarov @PadStack Thank you for reading the first of the potential VHL ‘Top 10’ series! Please let me know what you think of the prospect ranking and if you have any ideas for future top 10s down below!
    9 points
  21. Welcome to the S80 VHLM Power Rankings Tracker! Power rankings will be shown in this format for the rest of the season so that I will be able to update it every week. With this format we will be able to showcase standout players (selected by each team's GM or AGM) in order to shine a light on some players in the M who might not get much attention otherwise. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let me know! NOTE: Stats and Standings are updated as of Sunday, October 10th. Current Rank: 1 Previous Rank: 2 Record: 34 - 2 - 1 Last 10 games: 10 - 0 - 0 Place in Standings: 1 Standout Player: Thomas Price @Thunderidge - 34 wins, 0.877 SV%, 3.37 GAA in 37 games played Current Rank: 2 Previous Rank: 1 Record: 32 - 4 - 1 Last 10 games: 7 - 2 - 1 Place in Standings: 2 Standout Player(s): Arno Blugers @bukss_a - 6 goals, 45 assists, 51 points in 37 games played Janet Snakehole @MattBake12 For activity and hype in the locker room Current Rank: 3 Previous Rank: 3 Record: 25 - 9 - 3 Last 10 games: 8 - 1 - 1 Place in Standings: 3 Standout Player: Nezuko @tfong - 33 goals, 41 assists, 74 points in 37 games played Current Rank: 4 Previous Rank: 4 Record: 26 - 11 - 1 Last 10 games: 7 - 3 - 0 Place in Standings: 4 Standout Player(s): Biggie Cheese @a_Ferk - 13 goals, 39 assists, 52 points in 38 games played Nils Godlander @Moon_50 - 28 goals, 42 assists, 70 points in 38 games played Current Rank: 5 Previous Rank: 5 Record: 24 - 13 - 1 Last 10 games: 5 - 5 - 0 Place in Standings: 5 Standout Player: Patric Twist @Patty - 18 goals, 31 assists, 49 points in 38 games played Current Rank: 6 Previous Rank: 8 Record: 16 - 18 - 3 Last 10 games: 6 - 3 - 1 Place in Standings: 7 Standout Player: Cadmael Ixazaluoh @Vice - 11 goals, 35 assists, 46 points in 37 games played Current Rank: 7 Previous Rank: 9 Record: 17 - 21 - 0 Last 10 games: 7 - 3 - 0 Place in Standings: 9 Standout Player: Juha Jarvinen @Collusion - 11 wins, 0.885 SV%, 3.85 GAA in 21 games played Current Rank: 8 Previous Rank: 6 Record: 16 - 15 - 6 Last 10 games: 2 - 6 - 2 Place in Standings: 6 Standout Player: Matt Avens @Mr Bohannan - 37 goals, 32 assists, 69 points in 37 games played *2x Standout Player* Current Rank: 9 Previous Rank: 7 Record: 16 - 19 - 3 Last 10 games: 4 - 5 - 1 Place in Standings: 8 Standout Player: Jacob Richard @Jacob Richard - 27 goals, 55 assists, 82 points in 38 games played Current Rank: 10 Previous Rank: 10 Record: 6 - 25 - 5 Last 10 games: 1 - 7 - 2 Place in Standings: 10 Standout Player: Nayt Bedard @Hawk E - 18 goals, 35 assists, 53 points in 36 games played Current Rank: 11 Previous Rank: 12 Record: 6 - 28 - 3 Last 10 games: 2 - 7 - 1 Place in Standings: 11 Standout Player: Sergey Preobrazhensky @Bulduray_1 - 10 goals, 21 assists, 31 points in 29 games played Current Rank: 12 Previous Rank: 11 Record: 6 - 31 - 1 Last 10 games: 0 - 10 - 0 Place in Standings: 12 Standout Player: Nikita Eklund @Ekky - 4 goals, 32 assists, 36 points in 38 games played Current Team Versus Standings Halifax Houston Las Vegas Mexico City Miami Minnesota Mississauga Ottawa Philadelphia San Diego Saskatoon Yukon Halifax 1 - 3 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 1 1 - 0 - 1 0 - 4 - 0 3 - 1 - 0 0 - 6 - 0 3 - 3 - 1 1 - 0 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 Houston 3 - 0 - 1 3 - 1 - 0 5 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 1 - 3 - 0 Las Vegas 0 - 2 - 0 1 - 3 - 0 5 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 6 - 0 - 0 5 - 0 - 0 0 - 4 - 1 Mexico City 1 - 0 - 2 0 - 4 - 1 1 - 4 - 1 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 2 - 1 - 0 2 - 2 - 0 5 - 1 - 0 1 - 1 - 1 Miami 1 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 2 - 2 - 0 0 - 6 - 0 2 - 3 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 5 - 0 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 Minnesota 4 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 1 - 1 - 1 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 2 - 3 - 1 4 - 1 - 1 2 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 1 Mississauga 1 - 2 - 1 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 2 - 1 - 1 0 - 4 - 0 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 2 - 2 1 - 2 - 0 0 - 3 - 1 0 - 3 - 0 Ottawa 6 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 6 - 0 - 0 4 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 1 - 3 - 0 Philadelphia 4 - 2 - 1 0 - 3 - 0 0 - 1 - 1 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 2 - 0 2 - 4 - 0 4 - 0 - 1 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 San Diego 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 3 - 1 0 - 4 - 2 2 - 2 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 6 - 0 Saskatoon 1 - 2 - 0 0 - 4 - 0 0 - 5 - 0 1 - 5 - 0 0 - 4 - 1 0 - 2 - 0 4 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 2 - 0 0 - 5 - 0 Yukon 2 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 1 5 - 0 - 0 2 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 2 - 0 - 0 3 - 0 - 0 3 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 6 - 0 - 0 5 - 0 - 0
    9 points
  22. As a new member to the Victory Hockey League I have been doing a lot of reading, and a lot of watching. Nothing in life is flawless, nothing is perfect. I wholeheartedly believe the Victory Hockey League is the best simulation game for hockey, even better than EA . With that said I also feel I need to give my opinion as my mother used to always say “you know there is a problem unless you tell someone” so this is me telling you what i have been noticing. Let me preface this with: the statements in this Media Spot are my OPINION and that only, this is not intended to call out any General Managers, Commissioners, Players, or league Staff this is simply me pointing out what I think to be a problem. I love this site and just want it to be perfect (which is always impossible) The VHLM is a joke, if the purpose is to Retain and Train new members how to update, play, and get them ready for the VHL then it has failed on a few levels, if it is about winning Championships, awards, and padding your resume then its succeeding on an astounding level. Let me explain. I know that the sim “affects things, and can be random” that's not what I am debating, it's more so about how the VHLM works. Let's start out with a glaring TPE breakdown for each team. 2 Ottawa Lynx (60 - 10 - 2) 3122 TPE (3 players at 200 TPE) 1 Yukon Rush (64 - 7 - 1) 2766 TPE ( 7 players at 200 TPE) 3 Minnesota Storm (54 - 12 - 6) 2528 TPE (8 players at 200 TPE) 6 Philadelphia Reapers (36 - 34 - 2) 2326 TPE 4 Houston Bulls (38 - 28 - 6) 2064 TPE (3 players at 200 TPE) 5 Halifax 21st (36 - 30 - 6) 1876 TPE (2 Players at 200 TPE) 9 Mexico City Kings (27 - 36 - 9) 1414 TPE (1 Player at 200 TPE) 10 San Diego Marlins (29 - 40 - 3) 1260 TPE 8 Miami Marauders (32 - 39 - 1) 902 TPE 11 Saskatoon Wild (15 - 54 - 3) 731 TPE 7 Las Vegas Aces (32 - 36 - 4) 357 TPE 12 Mississauga Hounds (9 - 57 - 6) 285 TPE Looking at that list, which is in order from TPE, the first number is where they finished overall in the VHLM in season 80. The top 5 teams have over 2000 TPE as a team and 21 players at 200 with more banked. These players for the most part are recreated from existing members, some who have Jobs, or steady TPE. nothing wrong with that as long as they follow the same rule of a certain amount of capped as everyone else. We want to be fair. Aside from Mexico, any team with at least 1 player with 200 TPE finished above .500 so then I see this as a new player and think in the draft okay...I don't want to play for anyone under this threshold. If the plan is to win, get cups, and get stats. Every other team finished well under. The top 4 teams based on TPE (Ottawa, Yukon, Minnesota, Philadelphia) have more TPE combined then the bottom 7 teams in the league (Halifax, Mexico, San Diego, Miami, Saskatoon, Las Vegas, Mississauga) Now I know to some there might be a “well the player chooses who they sign with” or other comments along those lines and that's true and fair. My point is as a new member who is coming into this fresh, what incentive is there for me to join the other 7 teams? If Gm’s stack their rosters with a locker room full of players who know what they are doing it is kind of pointless. There should be 1 or two re-created per team required in my opinion, that way when a new player signs with a team they have someone they can ask questions to who can help them. Kind of like bringing a Veteran in on a young team in the NHL Maybe a TPE cap per team could also help with Parity and management. Kind of like a Salary cap but a TPE cap. If this line upset you, then you need to rethink your motivations. I keep being told the VHLM is about Retention and helping members, yet I had to actively reach out to people not on my team or league to help me out because my Locker Room is dead. I learned most of what I had to by reading and messing about because it was hard to connect and actually reach anyone which is a problem. Had I not met @fishy, @thadthrasher, @Peace, @Brewins15, @Moon_50, @Alex_J32 I would not be here right now. I would have left. These 6 have been amazing and have helped me understand the nuance and need to know stuff about the league and the VHL. something that should have been done the second I joined. Next issue I noticed, for Las Vegas for example who has 3 players. 3, why would anyone want to join Las Vegas? So does Mississauga. What as a new player makes me think I should join them? Nothing. (i'm not blaming the GMS) some teams have No Goalies, no Defenders. 1 defender while other teams have 6 or 7. Some teams have 2 goalies over 100 TPE who could go to other teams and be a starter, get minutes, maybe be motivated to stick around. I think the Rosters need to be looked at and evened out this is where the TPE Cap could come in handy or even a Recreate cap. If the idea is about retention and teaching then GM’s and AGM’s need to be available to answer the questions their players may have. I've seen a few locker rooms where players are not encouraged to interact or Gms are MIA in the locker rooms. I want to have fun, I want to be able to talk to my Teammates and feel like i'm on a team. But when i'm on a team with 1 Defense, and 1 goalie who is our top earner, where no one talks...that's not going to encourage me or any new member to stick around. I didn't make this article to Attack anyone, I made it to start a dialogue, I want the VHL in every aspect to succeed. I love this site and some of the members. I have had a blast on every aspect that ISN'T hockey related. I think a few changes to make the league more about learning, more Parity, I think a lot of new players would stick around. 1104 words, claiming weeks ending Nov 7, 14
    8 points
  23. As some of you have seen, VHFL rules were revamped yesterday after the S80 regular season concluded. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here. For those of you new to the VHL, or new to VHFL, and don't know what VHFL is, it's basically the VHL's version of fantasy hockey. You get assigned groups of 6, who then draft teams of 3 forwards, 2 defensemen, and 1 goalie. The highest scoring team in a group receives 6 uncapped TPE, the lowest scoring team receives 1 TPE. You will always get at least 1 TPE! Anyways, the first and only time VHFL rules seem to have been touched was back in 2016, when the original VHFL rules post went up. It was pretty standard, describing the basic rules and scoring. Over time though, concerning trends have emerged, as many folks have covered over the seasons. There was a community fantasy suggestion thread that had some VHFL concerns and suggestions, a lovely post by @Berocka describing his thoughts on how he'd change VHFL, another community suggestion thread with VHFL suggestions buried in there, and also my own statistical breakdown of why I considered VHFL broken. I'm sure there are plenty more, those were just some of the most prominent ones I found when searching VHFL on forums and looking for suggestions/complaints. While the change is still pretty fresh and hasn't received a lot of attention, @GustavMattias had a brief post talking about the VHFL changes, and @Beketov chimed in a bit. As promised, I will break down all changes to VHFL, in order of how they're structured in the new rules post. --- Disclaimer: This is a somewhat lengthy post, but I have tried to make it as concise as possible without excluding relevant information. There is no TLDR. I have tried to organize it as best as I can, but Section 3 - Scoring is a behemoth. Lot of words, lot of stats. If you don't like lots of numbers, skip that part. --- Section 1 - Basic Structure No changes Section 2 - Payout Change: In some instances, listed in Section 4: Drafting, a user may receive 50% of their final payout. Payouts always round up to the nearest whole number. (Ex. 2.5 -> 3, 1.5 -> 2, 0.5 -> 1) Rationale: In S80, a couple situations popped up where users missed two picks and made appeals to avoid being completely disqualified, therefore losing out on any VHFL payout. We're participating in this community for fun, so it seems fair to try and accommodate users when the situation warrants it. For example, a user had an issue with both forum notification settings, and also being in a different time zone than most of his group. He missed two picks, but was allowed to continue for a 50% reduction in final pay. Another user missed the 12 hour window by minutes, and was prompt to respond when being skipped. Considering how well DQ teams end up doing since they get picked by the VHFL manager, this is probably a merciful change for everyone. Section 3 - Scoring Old Scoring: New Scoring: and So a lot has changed here. The graphs in the "Why VHFL is Broken" media spot show why these changes were necessary. Below is a sample graph. Point shares make up what % of each skater's (forward or defenseman) VHFL points were made up of hits and shots blocked. Hits were generally fine, in most cases, even a bit lower than expected. Hits generally making up under 25% of the top 20% of skaters seemed a bit low for me, answering @GustavMattias's question of why hits were increased from 0.2 to 0.3. Hits have never been problematic in VHFL, despite the claims being floated around that they were. (S78 Graph of Hit point share and SB point share vs total VHFL points) Shots blocked was the real issue. The entire cluster spanning 50%+ were defensemen. The entire cluster underneath 25% were forwards. Once again, forwards weren't being properly compensated for physical play, in a comprehensive manner. The forwards who were taking advantage of the high shot block value were the ones on the worst teams, which naturally surrender the most shot attempts against, therefore generating the most blocked shots. The overall fix was to stop treating forwards and defensemen the same. Their scoring has been split apart, as defensemen naturally log more blocked shots, and on average, more hits. Granted, the top "power forwards" will pace the league in hits, but they are outliers. The Groovy Doods, the Mikko Lahtinens, the Christian Mingles. Hits across the board were increased by 0.1 to try and bring the average point share a bit closer to 25%, to ensure we don't lose value on physical builds. Shots blocked were nerfed across the board, but most severely for defensemen who saw a reduction of 0.5 points per shot block, and forwards saw a reduction of 0.2. Keeping them at 0.8 was a bit too imbalanced for my liking. (S80 Graph of Hit point share and SB point share vs total VHFL points POST SCORING CHANGE) This was the result of the change, using S80 stats. Overall, the massive defenseman SB cluster has basically joined up with the forward SB cluster, and the overall average is in a bit better place that I'd prefer, hovering slightly under 25%. Hits also got some love, averaging more closely to 25% rather than the 15% range under old scoring. The section between 250 and 350 is especially cool to see, as the point share for hits and shots blocked varies tremendously. It is now possible to be a top VHFL player without having ridiculous amounts of hits and shots blocked, therefore busting the meta of targeting 1. physical point scorers and 2. average/decent players on bad teams. Another big change was to non-physical attributes. Defensemen now get more love for putting up points, with goals increasing to 3 points from 2, and assists to 1.5 from 1. Forwards don't see any change to goals, but receive a 0.3 increase to assists. Playmaker players seem to have been lost in the shuffle, as players with high assist numbers received no love. You're welcome @IHateBobNutting, assists matter too! However, I acknowledge that sometimes high assist numbers are a byproduct of forward linemates, therefore only a slight increase. Defensemen are largely driven by assists, and with the sharp reduction in shots blocked, it seemed fair to reward point scoring as well. This significantly increases the disparity between elite defensemen and average defensemen, making only 15 of the top 30 S80 VHFL players post-scoring change defensemen, wirth only 3 defensemen in the top 3. Woooooo, diversity in statistical groups! The impact is clear in the revised point share graph below, which combines hits and shot blocked point shares for skaters, essentially creating a measure of what percentage of a skater's VHFL points comes from their physical play. This shows that the two physical stats generally make up about 40% of a player's final VHFL score, with the top physical players reaching 50% or higher. Jared Carter, who put up 355 hits and 135 blocked shots in a dominant physical performance, while also scoring 9 goals and 65 assists has his physical performance rewarded with 65.97% of his total VHFL points coming from hits and blocked shots. Physicality is not dead! I think that was a brief concern I saw in Gus' post. (Combined Hit/SB point share vs total VHFL points POST SCORING CHANGE) The final change was the addition of the +/- attribute. I hate the +/- stat to measure a player's defensive aptitude, as there are plenty of factors as to why it's not an accurate stat to measure individual defensive capability. However, it is a TREMENDOUS measure to determine whether you are getting boosted by playing on a BAD team, or if your stats may be slightly reduced because you play on a really GOOD team. For example, two Toronto players in S80 got the #1 and #2 forward positions in VHFL despite being a combined -89. Yep. They were on the ice for a combined 89 more goals against than for. It's a clear impact of how STHS is forced to give points to the few competent players on openly tanking teams. Adding 0.2 points, or removing 0.2 points per total +/- helps negate that impact a little bit. Here is the best way I can show you the difference from the old scoring system to the new one - with the top 30 skaters under the old system vs the new one using S80 statistics. I'm sorry if the tables are messed up for you, I suppose you should just get a bigger screen. Or take my word for it. Old: Rank ID # Player Name POS G A HIT SB Total Points 1 25 Reylynn Reinhart D 27 75 268 183 329 2 19 R D 26 78 189 179 311 3 105 Hadrian D 15 45 291 213 303.6 4 65 Chicken Wing D 23 53 79 235 302.8 5 5 Asher Reinhart C 59 59 42 144 300.6 6 86 Zeedayno Chara D 25 43 256 195 300.2 7 18 Matty Socks D 29 75 172 157 293 8 39 Victor Grachev D 23 67 179 179 292 9 14 Jeffrey Pines D 25 83 49 183 289.2 10 6 Kristof Welch D 34 81 20 167 286.6 11 40 Kasper Kankkunen D 20 70 175 172 282.6 12 11 Duncan Idaho RW 54 56 365 43 271.4 13 41 Battre Sandstrom D 16 73 262 140 269.4 14 135 Rusty Knale D 9 32 311 195 268.2 15 36 Robin Galante Nilsson D 20 74 117 159 264.6 16 77 Jaromir Lemiuex RW 36 36 105 167 262.6 17 103 Sven Reikkinen D 27 34 36 209 262.4 18 73 Jared Carter C 9 65 355 135 262 19 42 Jiggly Gumballs D 9 79 242 144 260.6 20 71 Hard Markinson D 28 47 173 153 260 21 70 Tom Eagles D 24 51 201 151 260 22 4 Groovy Dood LW 61 59 279 28 259.2 23 78 Tui Sova D 22 50 158 165 257.6 24 94 Lucifer Olivier Leveque D 15 49 145 184 255.2 25 53 Aurelien Moreau D 8 74 250 141 252.8 26 17 That Dude C 40 66 330 47 249.6 27 16 Henry Tucker RW 47 59 369 28 249.2 28 60 Linus Zetterstrom D 13 65 59 183 249.2 29 3 Tyler Reinhart RW 63 63 156 36 249 30 82 Magnus Verlander LW 34 37 248 117 248.2 New: Rank ID # Player Name POS G A HIT SB +/- Total Points 1 25 Reylynn Reinhart D 27 75 268 183 28 334.4 2 11 Duncan Idaho RW 54 56 365 43 41 324.3 3 19 R D 26 78 189 179 77 320.8 4 4 Groovy Dood LW 61 59 279 28 41 307.4 5 16 Henry Tucker RW 47 59 369 28 37 305.6 6 18 Matty Socks D 29 75 172 157 37 305.6 7 35 John LeClair II LW 44 50 390 36 33 298.2 8 17 That Dude C 40 66 330 47 3 293.6 9 3 Tyler Reinhart RW 63 63 156 36 76 291.5 10 5 Asher Reinhart C 59 59 42 144 -19 289.9 11 6 Kristof Welch D 34 81 20 167 39 287.4 12 73 Jared Carter C 9 65 355 135 -29 284.2 13 10 Gunnar Odinsson RW 40 71 292 32 22 283.5 14 41 Battre Sandstrom D 16 73 262 140 17 281.5 15 39 Victor Grachev D 23 67 179 179 9 278.7 16 14 Jeffrey Pines D 25 83 49 183 44 277.9 17 1 Jivere Zolnek C 46 87 135 29 73 277.6 18 40 Kasper Kankkunen D 20 70 175 172 23 273.7 19 86 Zeedayno Chara D 25 43 256 195 -9 273 20 37 Christian Mingle C 35 56 327 44 28 272.9 21 42 Jiggly Gumballs D 9 79 242 144 40 269.3 22 8 Jerome Reinhart LW 47 67 161 39 76 268 23 13 Robert Bouchard C 46 63 182 48 27 262.7 24 71 Hard Markinson D 28 47 173 153 47 261.7 25 36 Robin Galante Nilsson D 20 74 117 159 38 261.4 26 70 Tom Eagles D 24 51 201 151 24 258.9 27 105 Hadrian D 15 45 291 213 -25 258.7 28 66 Phil The Rock Johnson RW 30 46 403 20 29 258.5 29 53 Aurelien Moreau D 8 74 250 141 7 253.7 30 82 Magnus Verlander LW 34 37 248 117 -36 253.5 Overall, scoring is a lot more balanced. The biggest takeaway here is that you now have to be more intentional with choosing defensemen. No longer can you afford to consistently wait until the 5th round to pick a defensemen who will probably land in the top 10. There are clear top forwards, and top defensemen. Identifying them will be more difficult, but picking offensive players, even those who lack physicality, is now viable. Oh and goalies were tweaked a bit. Wins are now 2 points instead of just 1, saves got increased to 0.1 each, but there is finally a penalty for goals against. No longer can you coast on volume alone. Old Top 10: Rank # Goalie Name W SO SA GA Fantasy Points 1 14 Trent Gibson 19 1 3231 269 231.34 2 2 Jean Pierre Camus 49 5 2445 159 234.02 3 1 Markus Emerson Jr 54 1 2563 185 225.46 4 10 Jacob Carson 32 1 2782 236 215.22 5 12 Thadius Sales 27 0 2577 232 191.15 6 5 Artem Tretiak 36 2 2384 181 200.21 7 7 Kunibuni UnGuri 33 1 2419 207 192.84 8 13 Tater Tot 25 1 2573 226 194.29 9 8 Grekkark Gyrfalcon 32 2 2338 207 191.17 10 11 Andrew Bowman 28 0 2724 243 201.67 New Top 10: Rank # Goalie Name W SO SA GA Fantasy Points 1 2 Jean Pierre Camus 49 5 2445 159 272.1 2 1 Markus Emerson Jr 54 1 2563 185 258.3 3 5 Artem Tretiak 36 2 2384 181 211.8 4 10 Jacob Carson 32 1 2782 236 205.6 5 14 Trent Gibson 19 1 3231 269 204.7 6 6 Sirkants Klamasteris 35 1 2344 176 203.8 7 3 Rara Rasputin 38 1 2136 172 191.4 8 7 Kunibuni UnGuri 33 1 2419 207 188.7 9 8 Grekkark Gyrfalcon 32 2 2338 207 183.6 10 4 Kevin Malone 36 2 2324 219 183 Wins are more likely to land a goalie at the top. However, to avoid just selecting the goalie with the best team in front of them, the volume stats (saves) are still included, albeit at a reduced amount. The GA penalty drops Trent Gibson from 1 to 5, and Thadius Sales completely off the board. Overall, there were a lot of changes to scoring, and I'm writing this at 1 AM so I doubt I've really explained it all super in depth. If you need more clarification on this section, I'd be happy to answer questions or provide more statistics in the comments. Section 4 - Drafting Changes: Rules were added to clean up the end of drafts. Rationale: There were situations where the final person to select in a draft could hold up a group from being finished, and there was no written rule or precedent to skip or disqualify that person/those people. Adding a 6 hour grace period from the final pick to get a group wrapped up clarifies that area, and also allows for partial payouts instead of a pure disqualification because shit happens. Reducing the amount of disqualifications is better for everyone. Section 5 - Group Managers Changes: Just about this entire section is new, and formally details the role of, expectations for, and the resulting compensation for group managers. There is also now a rule that group managers can have pay stripped for not properly managing their group. Rationale: Group manager is a position that receives 1 additional uncapped TPE just for helping the VHFL manager out. It's difficult to keep an eye on 20+ groups, so having group managers helps to keep groups moving between VHFL manager check-ins. However, it's also a popular role since you're guaranteed at least 2 TPE for being a group manager, with the 1 minimum for last place plus the 1 for managing a group. There are times where that generosity has been abused, and there has been no precedent to remove a group manager's pay for not doing their job. Now there are clear expectations, and it outlines what a group manager must try their best to do to receive GM pay. --- Conclusion So this piece is also well over 2k words, I apologize. I know this sort of stuff is difficult to get through, and I really appreciate anyone who has actually read all the way up to this point without just skipping down to here. If you did skip down here and have a specific question on the rules, feel free to leave a comment and I can answer it directly if you want a concise answer. I would love to hear feedback on these changes, but please recognize that these changes will be going into effect starting the S81 VHFL season. I am happy to answer questions, clarify any points of confusion, and respond to constructive feedback. I will give 0 shits about complaints about the changes outlined above without valid rationale. Thanks for reading
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  24. 8 points
  25. Applying! Would manage any team, but preferably Canada!
    8 points
  26. I'd like to apply with my main interest being Team Asia
    8 points
  27. Spartan

    S80 VHFL Final Results

    Below are the S80 VHFL Payouts. Please DM me on forums, or on Discord (uɐʇɹɐdS#3393) if you have any questions or concerns. Please don't have questions or concerns. S80 Skater Rankings S80 Goalie Rankings S80 User Rankings To claim VHFL on the portal: Player Management -> Claim uncapped -> Fantasy -> VHFL Rank Group 1 TPE 1 @diamond_ace (GM) 1443.62 6+1 2 @MexicanCow123 1403.95 5 3 @Crstats23 1391.66 4 4 @N0HBDY 1388.41 3 5 @MMFLEX 1286.48 2 6 @McKelvie 1273.94 1 Rank Group 2 TPE 1 DQ 1454.35 6 2 @FBR 1450.36 5 3 @leafsman (GM) 1388.88 4+1 4 DQ 1358.94 3 5 @Tomat0 1294.61 2 6 @Prout 1266.55 1 Rank Group 3 TPE 1 @dasboot 1439.36 6 2 @McWolf 1422.29 5 3 @Advantage 1401.86 4 4 @bigAL 1380.75 3 5 @youloser1337 (GM) 1271.01 2+1 6 @Gaikoku-hito 1252.28 1 Rank Group 4 TPE 1 @BrutalBoost 1439.75 6 2 @Juice 1430.86 5 3 @Beaviss 1392.56 4 4 @Siddhus 1382.75 3 5 @a_Ferk (GM) 1377.48 2+1 6 @Renomitsu 1358.81 1 Rank Group 5 TPE 1 @Mr_Hatter (GM) 1522.35 6+1 2 @Esso2264 1417.74 5 3 @rory 1398.81 4 4 @jRuutu 1333.61 3 5 DQ 1288.64 2 6 @Kisslinger 1196.06 1 Rank Group 6 TPE 1 @Bojovnik 1518.55 6 2 @Spence King - 50% payout 1419.36 2.5 -> 3 3 @Alex_J32 1400.62 4 4 @fromtheinside (GM) 1389.01 3+1 5 @zepheter 1322.66 2 6 @Vice 1164.88 1 Rank Group 7 TPE 1 @Nykonax 1459.66 6 2 @MetalToday 1383.21 5 3 @Will3 1379.16 4 4 @fishy 1332.14 3 5 @BladeMaiden (GM) 1313.95 2+1 6 @Alexandre 1313.88 1 Rank Group 8 TPE 1 @chikn (GM) 1459.55 6+1 2 @Peace 1412.36 5 3 @Blazzer 1386.35 4 4 @DMaximus 1319.94 3 5 @Will 1267.41 2 6 @Minion 1232.68 1 Rank Group 9 TPE 1 @Moon_50 1441.95 6 2 @GustavMattias (GM) 1387.64 5+1 3 @ajwllmsn 1371.61 4 4 @Greg_Di 1343.36 3 5 @KaleebtheMighty 1335.75 2 6 @animal74 1234.28 1 Rank Group 10 TPE 1 @GreenGato 1486.81 6 2 @Acydburn 1412.16 5 3 @Tate 1404.74 4 4 @Enorama 1364.75 3 5 @Spartan (GM) 1323.48 2+1 6 @Viper 1310.95 1 Rank Group 11 TPE 1 @Banackock 1492.04 6 2 @BarzalGoat 1482.06 5 3 @rjfryman 1398.88 4 4 @Webberj 1338.61 3 5 @Red (GM) 1315.15 2+1 6 @MattBake12 1259.15 1 Rank Group 12 TPE 1 @Telkster 1440.21 6 2 @hylands 1436.06 5 3 @JardyB10 1382.22 4 4 DQ 1363.08 3 5 @Brewins15 (GM) 1318.15 2+1 6 @Vkobe-v 1094.6 1 Rank Group 13 TPE 1 @RomanesEuntDomus 1421.96 6 2 @dlamb 1410.15 5 3 @Ahma 1388.54 4 4 @OrbitingDeath (GM) 1354.21 3+1 5 @Tape-to-Tape 1350.68 2 6 DQ 1322.37 1 Rank Group 14 TPE 1 @MattyIce 1442.26 6 2 @Birdman 1394.37 5 3 @tinafrombobsburgers 1393.55 4 4 @DollarAndADream 1368.41 3 5 @Seabass 1357.02 2 6 @Beketov (GM) 1322.28 1+1 Rank Group 15 TPE 1 @solas 1419.74 6 2 @Jamomayo 1418.74 5 3 @Domg5(GM) 1411.37 4+1 4 @bukss_a 1278.21 3 5 @Agito 1190.08 2 6 @TheCHEESE 1127.6 1 Rank Group 16 TPE 1 @scoop 1434.61 6 2 @Rhynex Entertainment 1410.15 5 3 @16z 1401.56 4 4 @UnkemptCL4PTP 1399.28 3 5 @Otto Numminen 1384.55 2 6 @Zetterberg (GM) 1310.86 1+1 Rank Group 17 TPE 1 @NSG88 1528.46 6 2 @CowboyinAmerica (GM) 1468.94 5+1 3 @STZ 1453.62 4 4 @JB123 1431.55 3 5 @Timmy Turner 1332.61 2 6 @Frank 1249.68 1 Rank Group 18 TPE 1 @Baby Boomer 1474.81 6 2 @v.2 (GM) 1424.95 5+1 3 @Josh 1373.34 4 4 @FrostBeard 1339.48 3 5 @Mr Bohannan 50% payout 1300.95 1 6 @Hogan 1292.36 1 Rank Group 19 TPE 1 @Jubis 1438.96 6 2 @Phil 1362.26 5 3 @Ricer13 1352.48 4 4 @qripll 1335.14 3 5 @Matt thunder (GM) 1298.35 2+1 6 @Daniel Janser 1271.81 1
    8 points
  28. Moon_50

    Houston Bulls AGM Hired

    Hello all! For those of you who don't know I am Moon the newest GM of the Houston Bulls. This may be a bit of a surprise but i am already hiring my AGM as the playoffs are right around the corner which means the draft is getting close so I need a person that i can have help me along the way. I have decided not to run applications as i have had someone in mind who has past experience with AGM'ing who already knows the ins and outs. Without wasting anymore time i have chosen @a_Ferk as my AGM!!! Congrats Ferk! Glad to have you on board
    8 points
  29. Ahma

    DAVOS JERSEY is here!!!

    The long waited HC Davos Dynamo original limited edition jersey has arrived at last! My phone camera is very good and lighting is kinda bad, meaning the pics don't do the jersey justice! It looks better than in the images, you can trust me on that! Link to imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/SakE0Le and https://imgur.com/a/MWG9Ooy colors: Before anyone complains, I'm not claiming TPE from this.
    8 points
  30. Player Information Username: fishy Player Name: Bubbles Utonium Recruited From: Returning Age: 23 Position: G Height: 65 in. Weight: 140 lbs. Birthplace: Bosnia and Herzegovina Player Page @VHLM GM
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  31. Thomas Landry: A Life In the VHL In the grand scheme of things, eight seasons is a very short duration for a professional playing career. Yet, that is the reality for the players of the Victory Hockey League, who put in a lifetime of work just to get those eight seasons to play on the highest stage of their simulation sport. For many of those players, the end of their eighth season marks the end of their VHL involvement. While their legacies may live far beyond their playing days, there are others who remain involved with the VHL for years, even decades, after their playing days are over. One such player is Thomas Landry, who, after a memorable playing career, moved on to management in the VHLM, and saw his son, Thomas Landry II, rise to the VHL as well. This is the story of Landry's VHL career after hanging up the skates. As an unheralded second round pick of the New York Americans in Season 33, not much stock was put into Thomas Landry by many people. Despite a strong season with the Season 33 Founder's Cup Champion Bratislava Watchmen, it didn’t translate into immediate success as a rookie in Season 34 with New York. However, with the rebuilding Americans moving him to the HC Davos Dynamo before Season 35, Landry began to develop into the legendary leader he was to be. Immediately stepping up to become a vocal and physical presence on his new team, Landry cemented himself as Davos' captain going into Season 36. In each of his four seasons as the captain of the HC Dynamo, Davos reached the Continental Cup Finals, winning it in Season 36 and 38. After playing his final season in Calgary in Season 40, Landry's playing days had come to an end. However, during the height of his success with Davos, Landry had also been managing the Oslo Storm of the VHLM. Despite being in the prime of his playing career, Landry was simultaneously able to lead Oslo from afar, culminating in an improbable run to the Founder's Cup Finals in Season 36 on the back of unbelievable goaltending from future VHL stalwart Martin Brookside. Following Season 37, Landry stepped away from Oslo to focus on the final seasons of his career. It wouldn't take long, however, before he returned to the VHLM. After his retirement from the VHL in Season 40, Landry was approached by former Davos teammate and longtime friend Davey Jones to serve as the Assistant General Manager of the Turku Outlaws, which he happily accepted. However, it would not last long, as Turku was relegated following Season 42. Jones moved on to Bratislava, but Landry took it as a sign to return home with his family, and he quietly faded away from the VHL eye. However, nearly 30 seasons later in Season 71, Saskatoon Wild General Manager Roger McWolf III announced the hiring of an Assistant General Manager very familiar to VHL fans: Thomas Landry. Initially brought to Saskatoon to be a veteran presence to help out the young players, Landry flourished, and the fire he had displayed decades before burned brighter than ever, and before long, he was the official AGM. After serving for two seasons, including with the Season 72 Founder's Cup Champion Saskatoon Wild team, Landry became the General Manager after McWolf III was chosen to be the GM of a VHL expansion team, the London United. Landry worked tirelessly to create a fun, safe learning environment for his players, lovingly dubbed the, "#SaskyBois." A clear focus was placed on player development, and Saskatoon remained a desired location for prospects as a result. Landry's teams seemed to have a knack for being slept upon, yet playing at a higher level than anyone would have given them credit for. However, playoff success eluded them. It took until Season 79 for Saskatoon to get their first series win under Landry, and they ultimately wound up two games short of the Founder's Cup Finals. Despite the new heights, Landry abruptly disappeared from public eye, and @BarzalGoat took the reigns as Interim-General Manager. He has not been seen publicly… until today. PRESENT DAY *A press conference has been called by Saskatoon Wild General Manager Thomas Landry, breaking his season-long silence. Reporters anxiously await his arrival, and they do not need to wait very long before Landry appears and takes his place at the podium.* "Hello, thank you all for being here on such short notice," Landry began, as a hush filled the room. "It's almost as if someone dropped out of the sky, with all the excitement going on in here," he continued, drawing quite a few laughs. "I'm not surprised that my sudden disappearance raised so many questions," Landry continued after letting the laughs die down. "People like mysteries, and someone just up and vanishing, especially someone in the public eye, makes for a good story. But the fact of the matter is, it was getting to be difficult on this old soul to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of this job, and I decided to take a sabbatical. Rest. A hard reset, if you will. It was a journey meant to provide a solution, an answer to allow me to come back better and stronger, able to be better than ever to do the job." Landry paused briefly, and looked up. "But I didn't find a solution during my journey. Yet, as you can see, I stand before you here today anyway. What I found instead was a cold, hard, truth. I simply wasn't able to perform the job at the level I was accustomed to any longer. I love Saskatoon, I love what the team has come to represent, and I love working with the young players and helping them become the next big stars of the VHL. It's hard to give up doing something you love, but when you are keeping something you love from being everything it should be, you need to do what is right for everyone." After another pause, Landry looked up and continued. "After considerable thought, and of course after speaking with @VHLM Commissioner s, I have decided to retire as General Manager of the Saskatoon Wild, effective immediately. However, I do have one last act that I have received the blessing of the VHLM to perform. BarzalGoat has done a phenomenal job, and this Saskatoon team is truly his now. He embodies everything that a general manager should be in the VHLM, especially one here in Saskatoon. So, my final action as the General Manager of the Saskatoon Wild is to officially remove the interim tag from @BarzalGoat's position. He is now the official General Manager of the Saskatoon Wild." Amidst the sudden buzz and flashes of the photographers, Landry kept his composure and continued. "I would like to be the first to congratulate BarzalGoat on officially becoming the new general manager," Landry beamed. "The players and fans alike in Saskatoon have nothing to worry about, as the great tradition of VHLM hockey will continue, as will the quality that is expected of this team. I will remain with the organization as an advisor, but as it already has been this season, this is Barzy's team now." Landry looked up one last time, concluding his press conference. "It's time for me to go now, thank you to everyone for coming today. We've still got work to do in Saskatoon, and we'll be getting right on it. Drive save, everyone!" Landry quipped, stepping away and leaving the room. As he walked away, many emotions came over Landry, but most notably was the feeling of a huge weight being lifted from his shoulders. As beloved as the Saskatoon Wild had become to him, they were now finally in the right hands once again, with someone who could give them the full energy and commitment required for a team steeped in excellence and tradition. Speaking of traditions, Landry decided it was time to start a new one. He reached into his pocket to retrieve his cell phone, and called his son. "Hello?" answered Thomas Landry II. "Good morning, son," replied Landry. "Hey dad," replied Landry II. "Everything ok?" "Oh, of course," Landry answered. "Just wanted to see if you had any plans later on." "Not that I know of," Landry II stammered. "Is something going on?" Landry smiled. "Oh, nothing huge. Nothing major at all." "Then what is it, dad?" "I'm coming home, son"
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  32. People commonly look back on the best players to be the ones with the high TPE totals. But today, I will be looking into who I think are the top 5 centers from the portal era who never reached 1000 TPE. #5- Kyl Oferson 979 TPE @Nykonax Career Stats/Highlights 269 Goals 364 Assists 633 Points 65 Power Play Goals 2 Continental Cups Oferson is the most recent player on the list, only retiring in season 78. After having a rough rookie season with 40 points, Oferson started to pick up the points. In his next 2 seasons he had 74 and 94 respectively before hitting his career high of 100 in S74. After that season, he settled into a pretty solid 81 points per season until his retirement. #4- Vyacheslav Smirnov TPE 813 @Banackock Career Stats/Highlights 360 Games Played 223 Goals 286 Assists 509 Points 48 Powerplay goals 44 Points in 33 Playoff Games S62 Christian Stolzschweiger Award 200 Career +/- Smirnov sits in a peculiar situation,a short yet amazing career. In his rookie year, S62, Smirnov put up 63 goals and 86 assists to easily win the Stolzschweiger award. 149 Points was good enough for third in the league in S62. Following such a great season, regression is to be expected. For the next four seasons Smirnov averaged 90 points before retiring early. The most impressive fact about Smirnov is his points per game, an outstanding 1.42. Had Smirnov played all 8 seasons, he would’ve been on pace for 817 points. #3- Marc Alexandre Leblanc TPE 919 @Pandar Career Stats/Highlights 504 Games Played 297 Assists 327 Goals 624 Points 278 +/- 57 Points in 55 Playoff Games Similar to Smirnov, Leblanc did not play all 8 seasons that he was able to, but he still put up great numbers. In his 7 seasons, Leblanc played for Riga, Calgary, Toronto and Helsinki. Despite changing multiple teams Lebanc remained consistent in his scoring other than a dip in his second season. His final 5 years ranged from 89-104 points and a below average number of penalty minutes. Leblanc managed to have 7 consistently good seasons despite never crossing the 1000 TPE mark. #2- Fook Yu 996 TPE @tfong Career Stats/Highlights 264 Goals 350 Assists 614 Points 2682 Hits 309 +/- Yu is the only player on this list to not have a single 100 point season, with his highest being 98 in season 56. Out of the players showcased, Yu also has the most individual trophies. Yu won both the Scott Boulet and the Dustin Funk in season 55, which are given to the top two way forward and the most improved player. The next year he added a Daisuke Kanou, awarded to the best player in the playoffs and a Continental cup. Yu was a force at both ends of the ice, capable of doing it all. #1- Shawn Gretzky 895 TPE @TheLastOlympian07 Career Stats/Highlights 281 Goals 393 Assists 674 Points 288 +/- It was a tough decision to choose who number 1 would be, but it’s hard to beat a guy with 674 points. Gretzky never had any outstanding years. In season 57 and 58 he would see the peak of his career after hitting 113 points and 108 respectively. Following those seasons, he went on to put up 73 before finishing his career off with 81 and 82. Gretzky was one of the final recipients of the Grimm Jonsson trophy, awarded to the best leader in the league. Overall, Gretzky was an offensive powerhouse who can't be beat with only 895 TPE.
    8 points
  33. Pretty much accomplished everything I could have hoped for. A solid career, stuck with max earning until the end, an individual award, and most importantly, a cup. Shoutout to all the important people along the way, including but not limited to @Ricer13 @bigAL @rory @dart @.sniffuM @dasboot @osens @flatl99 @Crstats23 @Renomitsu @KaleebtheMighty @Esso2264 (am I doing this rep farm thing right?) Peace out dlamb.
    8 points
  34. "Shit happens." Right? You're expected to get over whatever happened to you and keep moving forward. At least, according to the media. And the fans. And the management. Sometimes the only people you think care are the people in your inner circle. Family, friends, and a few teammates. Nobody else seems to give a fuck. In the late stages of Season 74, I got ran. It didn't seem too big of a deal at the time. Except that I don't remember it. Yep, got concussed from it. Helmet flew off and cracked my head. Watching the tape back a couple of times, it's really my fault. Came out of my crease a little too far. "Fuck around and find out", one might say. But that's only just the beginning. I woke up in a hospital bed, asking if I could go back in. Didn't realize I was miles from the arena, and 12 hours after the game ended. Fuck, did those lights hurt my eyes. Turns out a sensitivity to light was one of the things I was going to deal with for a while. I had to get them to shut the blinds and turn the lights off to even see well. Turns out concussions are a bitch, who could have guessed it? I was allowed to practice with the guys once my eyes went back to normal. I still had headaches. And the worst part of it all. The voices in the back of my head came out in full force. I couldn't make a save without the self-doubt creeping in. God forbid I let a goal in, it felt like my own head was screaming at me. Eventually I found a way to stop those voices. I started drinking. Am I proud of it? No. But I have to own up to it. One down the hatch before a game, I did well. The voices shut up, and I could play well. But after the game, I kept going. I missed practices from being hungover. Maybe that shit could fly in the M, but not when I moved to the big leagues. After an abysmal rookie campaign, I went into the Player Assistance Program. I asked for it not to be publicized, for privacy and such. I came out sober. But I also came out with the voices again. Eventually, it got to where I had to step away. After playing parts of S75 and S76 for LA, I sat down with our GM. I explained that I needed to step away. He understood, and wished me good luck. I got therapy. I went home, stayed with family. Got my head together. And then I made the hardest choice of my life. To retire from playing hockey. That may seem like the end of a journey, but to me it was just the beginning. I knew I couldn't stay away from the game for long. So I opened a youth hockey school, back home in Memphis. Not particularly many hockey rinks or leagues around here. So I became the solution to that problem. I've loved showing these kids how amazing the game of hockey can be. I've also stressed that there are some parts that can be bad. Obviously not to the younger kids. But to the teenagers, I do warn them that not everything is sunshine and rainbows. That there is a dark side to the game. I've been preaching the idea of playing in a way that makes you not put yourself at risk too much. But I think that I'm putting them on the right path. People have asked me if I would ever return to pro hockey in a different role. Coach or gm, something along those lines. I don't know if I ever will. I still love the game, so I might. Never say never. But for now, I'm contempt with teaching the next generation of kids. They need to have people who know what they're talking about guide them. There was one rink in Memphis when I was growing up. That's for both hockey and skating in general. Since I came back, I now run at least four. I try to provide cheap options for gear by buying second-hand and letting the kids use it for free. The voice are still there. The good thing is that I don't listen to them anymore. Don't let your demons control you. Thank you for reading. -Drew Minott
    8 points
  35. teknonym

    byrne signature

    reviews welcomed and appreciated
    8 points
  36. cc: @LT.CHICKEN NUGGETS @Otto Numminen @Spence King @Birdman @Baby Boomer @Jamomayo @Alex Bridges Thank you for your interest in the Assistant General Manager's position for the Houston Bulls. I will keep this brief. Most of you have the qualities to begin assisting, but I had to select someone that expressed massive interest and has previous experience in the management department. Without further delay, I've selected Spence King to be my assistant. Welcome aboard! To the candidates that applied, this does not mean you aren't qualified so don't get down on yourself. The fact that you applied helps your future chances, so please check your dms to see what I will do for you! Thanks again to everyone, it means alot!
    8 points
  37. a 20+ min podcast on what should have been 5-10 min looking at the S80 Phantoms and Hyping my guys up a bit, give it up for my fav Purple team https://anchor.fm/huddlehussy/episodes/Lets-Talk-About-Prague-Baby-e197bcc @diamond_ace @BladeMaiden @Acydburn@Gaikoku-hito@Domg5 @Spartakiller2 @wcats @Snussu @Mistxh J @RStar @JB123 @Sharkstrong you are not mentioned because if i went into goalies it would have tripled the time, i love goalies too much and talking goalie stats wold have made this a really long one. I def owe you a goalie feature podcast
    7 points
  38. Camden, NJ (PP) - Our universe has been around for an untold amount of time. Throughout the aeons of our existence, few things have stayed entirely constant. That being said, one of the things that has managed to stay persistent throughout our entire history is the coolness and hilarity of the number "69". The mere utterance of the integer will result in at least someone believing it is "nice." As a league that tracks statistics, the VHL is rife with 69 opportunity. Just today, @okochastar Julian Nousianen of the Chicago Phoenix managed to be the first player in S80 to net 69 assists. Hockey experts unanimously agreed that this was nice, and it will likely be a handful of games before another player can manage this feat. Here are some other important nice figures from around the league at this exact moment. - There are currently two players in the VHL that are sitting at 69 points, and appropriately enough, that honour belongs to sexual duo of @rory Jeffrey Pines and @Quik Christian Mingle. - @Mistxh J Nicholas Mariani, the league favourite to win the Dustin Funk Trophy this season, has been doing so by scoring at a 9.69% rate. Nice. - Speaking of stellar young players and award favourites, rookie of the year candidate @MattyIce Matty Fire currently sits at 69 shots blocked as a forward. Very nice. - Keeping up the theme of excellent young players, but this time one who ISN'T a little bitch, Moscow Menace standout @Seabass The Seabasstard is slugging up the league with 269 hits. Nice. - The second most overworked forward in the league is @Tate Red Lite, who is averaging 30.69 minutes per night. Nice. Most impressively of all, however, is the production of @16z Kasper Kankkunen. As was exposed on the latest Chodesode, the Swedish defender has posted 69 assists in the past THREE SEASONS, and his current pace puts him within range of a 4th. Speaking with General Manager @JeffDowney, the team's plan is to have the defender on the ice as much as possible until he reaches the milestone, and then scratch/rest him for the rest of the season to have him in prime shape for playoffs, and also to keep this illustrious achievement intact.
    7 points
  39. fishy

    Reaction Notification

    I don't even know if this is something we can change or whether we just have to deal with it the way that it is because of the website host, but I'm throwing it out there anyway. When I get a notification that someone reacted to my post, it always shows the "thumbs up" icon regardless of what reaction was given. Is there a way to make it so that the little icon in the notification is the same as/similar to the reaction that was given on the post?
    7 points
  40. I'm going to continue this thread and edit in the information but a funeral is being hosted for Emi. There is a gofundme setup for it managed by Dren with any surplus to the funeral costs going to assisting those affected by this loss. https://gofund.me/a98f2348 I've been informed there will be a live steam funeral 10:50am BST on the 20th of Oct. with the VOD available soon after. Details to follow on this. https://watch.obitus.com/ Username: zeja3602 Password: 410005
    7 points
  41. STZ

    Its Time to Axe Trivia

    Let’s just make Practice Facility worth 3
    7 points
  42. The EAOE IS BACK !! BACK AGAIN !!! ALL DATA IS SUBJECT TO THIS DATE 02/10/21 Elsby’s Agency of Excellence has officially been revived and is alive again with more ambition and most off all exciting content coming ! The EAOE has announced an official partnership with the Raven Skill Academy TM run by Legendary VSN Scout Patrik Tallinder. ( Funt Fact: at one point the VHL had only 2 Scouts running VSN, these two scouts names were Spence King and @Patrik Tallinder. Working together with VSN and their official pre season, midterm, and Final season rankings as well as going above and beyond in so many ways especially Tallinders amazing TPE tracker . This formed a lifelong bond in friendship and now these two men are coming back to work together with their own respective projects and the hype is real . The Raven Skill Academy and the EAOE are probably the two most well known player agencies in the past 10 seasons and for them to be working together and what has already been promised in a Intra Squad Exhibition on NHL 21 the people are anxiously awaiting the news and reveal of the official clientele list. The Raven Skill Academy has not made any official announcements about there roster. The EAOE has a Prestigeous Alumni of big name players an users from the S70 Era, some of these name include, Patrik Laine ( @Laine) @BoboDarius Marimoto, ( @bigAL) Groovy Dood, Ray Shields ( @Zetterberg), Robin Galante Nilsson ( @RomanesEuntDomus), Scotty Kaberle ( @fromtheinside, Matty Socks @fishy, Victor Grachev ( @KaleebtheMighty), Zamboni Driver ( @Tape-to-Tape, Addison Mclaren ( @tcookie) and Controversial but we loved having him and hated saying goodbye the big @BOOM Gunnar Oddinson before he was a forward ! With this being the third time the EAOE has come back and been resurrected were going with a new identity mainly focusing on clients that are in there draft years and not so much going for the big names of the bat we want to get a lot of 1st gens and a good mix of VHL Legends and that’s where this article is going, weve got the first 3 Official Player Commitments to the EAOE S80. The first client to have been signed is the top ranked prospect for the S81 VHLM Draft none other than (S81) {C} Sirdsvaldis Miglaskems – Houston Bulls – Latvia - 130TPE @FrostBeard. A VHL Legend in this Latvian Superstar Centerman. Sirdvaldis is a max earner weekly and VHLE GM of the newly rejuvenated Bratislava Watchmen. Miglaskems is already easily on pace to be playing in the VHLE in S81 he has yet to claim any donation TPE nor a Doubles Week yet as well as can still claim his Junior Review and Scouting Report, this guys is going to explode with Uncapped TPE before even having had a chance for a VHLM team to draft his rights , the Houston Bulls and @MattyIce did a PHENOMENAL job in recruiting the biggest name to date this season in waiver players and overall a potential MVP winner and has future HOF written all over him. Just moments after getting the official commitment from Sirdsvaldis and talking with him personally we we able to secure the 2nd official Player commitment finishing a phone call with another S81 Top Prospect the Yukon Rush star Right winger playing alongside the Top of the Draft Class with the likes of Harkat Mulds @hylandsand Zaza Colors @McWolf . The Rush had a draft for the ages that’s forsure @Domg5 ! This young mans name is a mouthful but one that fans are not going to be forgetting anytime soon if not already have it stuck in their heads or wearing his jersey, the one , the only (S81) Maximus Decimus Meridius – Yukon Rush – Right Wing -VHLM Drafted S80 13th Ovr - @Beaviss. The Legendary user and most recently returned to the front office with none other than the legendary Seattle Bears Organization, the partnership between a seasoned veteran GM like Beav and @Banackock working together only says good things for the future in Seattle. MUCH MORE TO COME! Including more Player Commitments to be announced Officially !! This was just a tease at what the EAOE and Raven Skill have planned! Much more news to come in possibly the coming days if not hours and be on the look out for the EAOE and their official Twitter Page coming soon !
    7 points
  43. diamond_ace

    Prague Captains

    We're still new to the post-Landry era, and he was basically just perennial captain, so this was a weirder one. The votes came in, and 1 and 2 were fairly clear, but there was a 3 way tie for 3rd, which to be fair just shows the team has a wider range of support which is always welcome. After no tiebreaking vote came about, I made the executive decision on the final A. I also certainly back the voters' preferences on the other two as well. Captain: @Domg5 Dominic Gobeil 1st A: @Acydburn Battre Sandstrom 2nd A (the one I tiebroke): @Gaikoku-hito Robert Bouchard
    7 points
  44. Domino

    VHL Trade Recap

    Hi It's me Domino Trade time wooooo 1. SEA/PRG Seattle Bears Acquire: S81 PRG 4TH Prague Phantoms Acquire: Venus Thightrap Ok wow that is a trade. I've always thought of Venus Thightrap as one of the best players in the VHL. TPE is high, racks up decent points, it's a pretty good career! That's all I have to say, just move on. I have nothing interesting to say. 2. SEA/DAV Seattle Bears Acquire: S82 DAV 1st HC Davos Acquire: Isabella Campbell Now, Campbell is a player of which I can actually explain! Banacock is a GM, right? GM can get TPE, they earn TPE a lot. So, if you put two and two together, you can figure out that Campbell has a lot of TPE! So a 1st is just the right pick for a player like Campbell, anybody could agree on that. 99 points in one season, Gretzky's number is 99- Oh I think we got a conspiracy theory on our fast-typing hands here. 3. SEA/CHI Seattle Bears Acquire: S81 CHI 1st Chicago Phoenix Acquire: Kasper Kankkunen hehe 1st round picks go brrrrr- So, just like with Campbell, Kankkunen (I typed that 1st try FYI) is a high TPE player getting lots of points! But unlike Campbell, Kankkunen didn't get 99 points in a season, so that makes them a failure. (Editors note Dom here, if you didn't pick up on the joke here, uh... 99 points is a lot in a season and it is really, really hard to do. Especially in the VHL. So 89 points is real good for Kankkunen. Just trust me on that one.) so thats the end of this... article bye stupid heads and big brains out there
    7 points
  45. Hey Dad This is Armani speaking. How are you? I am doing well personally. Sweden is a beautiful country and the people there can speak English relatively well. I love thier meatballs too and I found an amazing restaurant for them. Anyways I know that you are finally going to try dating again and I think that is great! I know that moving on from Mom's death has been extremely hard, but I think she would want you to at least try to move amd find someone nice to talk to now that I have moved out. You can't just talk about hockey with Mr.Simon next door forever! Anyways, I hope to be in a position where we can have a video chat soon. It's even extremely busy lately with practice and games that I have not found the time. I haven't checked the standings in a while, but I think we are at least close to the top of the standings. When I eventually get called up I'll be looking forward to talking to you again. Be sure to save me some maple syrup for then! Now the coach is trying to get my attention for the next meeting so I have to bounce. I'll email you again soon! Love your son, Armani
    7 points
  46. What a week for the french winger Ariane Leblanc. She recently made her Debut in the Victory Hockey League Minor system for the Miami Marauders. She laced up her skates and tightened her pride laces and then….did nothing for 2 games. The pace of the game was something she would need to get used to if she was going to compete at a high level. Yukon Vs Miami - Ariane was placed on the second line and amassed 19 minutes of ice time. In that time she got a penalty, won 1 out of 2 face offs and had almost 4 minutes on the penalty kill. One could look at those stats and think she failed in her debut. via translator: “It was just my first game, I have not played at this Pace, this intensity ever in my life. The first period smacked me in the mouth and i spent way too long adjusting, I will come back stronger and prove I deserve to be here and that Miami did not make a mistake” Miami Vs Philadelphia - This time the winger got some more ice time, almost 22 minutes, she had 3:30 seconds or more on both Power Play and Penalty Kill finishing minus 1. Many fans were not impressed by what they saw. Miami Fan: “The way the Management was promoting her i expected better things then this, right now she is playing like a glorified 4th liner on the top six...we need a change” via translator: “Simply I was not good enough, they (Philadelphia) is a great team and they proved that tonight. We will improve and we will learn and come back” Miami Vs Halifax - game 3, it was time to see if what she was saying was coming true, if she could improve and work hard at this level. So in the first five minutes of the game she nets her first Victory Hockey League goal beating Boris Tsezar on the glove side. Picking up the puck and tossing it to the trainer for a keepsake. via translator: “You know it was just hard work and focus. The team has been patient with me and you know I saw the stick side open and I shot. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. So i'm going to go donate some money right now” Minnesota Vs. Miami - Yet again the French import showed her skill with the puck. With twenty minutes on the ice she managed an assist and 6:30 on the penalty kill showing just how good she can be. Now netting a second point. Saving the puck. Miami Fan: “This is the play we wanted. She is looking fast, aggressive and she looks hungry. You love to see it” Miami Vs Mississauga - consistency is key in this league and Ariane netted her third point and another goal in this game. Averaging 20 minutes and settling into the team. Improving slowly every game. via translator: “You know i am only as good as my linemates. Everyone on this team works super hard and we are all focused on a singular goal. We want to win and nothing is going to slow us down. Another thousand down lets see how much i can raise this season”
    6 points
  47. A single discord with a ton of locker room channels would be kind of nice. It would result in like 1 #tpe-opportunities channel where trivia answers get posted in a central location for everyone to steal, much more streamlined trivia cheating.
    6 points
  48. JeffD

    VAN/WAR; S80

    6 points
  49. STZ

    sum new guy

    6 points
  50. Name: Cadmael Ixazaluoh (EEchaza-LOO-oh) Age: 18 Birthdate: June 7th Birthplace: Uaxactun, Guatemala Height: 6'5" Weight: 240 lbs. Position: Defenseman Entering the draft pool from an unusual pipeline, Cadmael Ixazaluoh is a player that hails from the jungles of Central America. His only experience in sports, being the cultural game of sport the Mayan people played in their spare time. This sport is very physical and has very simple rules. As a result, Cadmael is extremely effective in the areas that involve his expertise. The game of pitz, requires players to keep a ball away from the opposing team. This was able to translate to puck handling and reading the oppositions next moves. He is practically written to keep the puck away from the opposing forwards and to take it back by any means. Pitz also requires the player to establish passing lanes in order for the attackers to shoot the ball through a stone hoop. Ixazaluoh can establish some mean passing lanes, feeding forwards and other defenders for clean shots. With the right receptive forwards, Cadmael can, in-effect, act as a secondary playmaker on your D-line. However, his lack of hockey experience comes with some disadvantages: he lacks hockey game sense, and as a result will need some time to adapt and learn hockey culture. His attitude tends to be very bland and straight-forward, something other more outgoing players might poke fun at. Cadmael tends to be very critical of teammates performance, not because of a dislike or hatred for the teammate, but because in his culture, lying is considered extremely rude. So not much is sugar-coated. Overall, Cadmael could be an outstanding addition to a team needing to establish more options for potent forwards. Despite his personality in the locker room, somehow Cadmael maintains an active and persistent media presence. He has consistently been on time with press conference meetings, practice time, and seems to be a very responsible person quite against what you would expect from him. He is receptive to his coaching especially, seeming to have a reverence-type of respect for his coaches and GMs. This seems to be a cultural thing but plays nicely into coaching him. He can be quite aloof at game time with the constant attention from fans and the on-goings of the arena. There have been times where Cadmael was more interested in what was happening with the mascot or the jumbotron, than what's happening in the game. While he means well, he can get distracted quite easily. PROS: Effective passer Physical Obsessive over puck control Shot blocker CONS: Hockey knowledge lacking Crude personality Un-coordinated: Cadmael is not well-balanced on skates yet. Easily distracted
    6 points
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