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  1. Kirby

    S65 VHLM Dispersal Draft

    Time to prove my worth! Happy to be in Houston. Let’s do this!!
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    S65 VHLM Dispersal Draft

    HYPE.
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    VHL Donation Index

    S64 - $10 Transaction ID: 26A23601E5962224L Doubles Week (CLAIMED) 5 TPE uncapped (CLAIMED)
  4. With the upcoming expansion draft on the horizon, there is much debate as to who will go where. It seems that a lot of VHLM players are open to joining one of the two expansion teams, claiming it would be nice to be the “face” of a new organisation. We are just going to break down a few potential landing spots for VHLM newcomer Maximilian Kirbsson. Saskatoon Wild But wait... he’s already here right? True. However the reality is, Kirbsson hasn’t even played a game for the Wild despite signing for them late last season. He clearly hasn’t developed an immediate attachment to the coaching staff or players, and seeing as most of the player and staff may leave, it is easy to imagine Kirbsson not being a Saskatoon player for long. I mean, it makes sense him being here though. He’s Swedish, where it’s cold. Real cold. And Saskatoon is cold, real cold! He’s also one of the better guys on the roster. Which is crazy considering he hasn’t even played a game yet. Houston Bulls Definite possibility here. Kirbsson has gone on record and stated that he thinks Coach @Sonnet is one of the best in the business. It would not be a surprise to see them linking up again but this time at the expansion team in Houston. Kirbsson would almost certainly be the first line Center, and likely the face of this new organisation. He would also likely develop a sun tan, something he hasn’t been able to do for the last 18 years. All fingers seem to be pointing to Houston but it’s also tough to know for sure, as there is so much surprise to this upcoming draft! If I was a betting man though (which I’m not..... I promise) I’d put my chips down on the Bulls snapping up Kirbsson. Philadelphia Reaper Shock, another expansion team on the rumour mill. For real though, it’s definitely possible. These two teams are going to be looking for hungry players to fill their roster and none come hungrier than Kirbsson. He is an absolute monster on the training grind and already looks like a first line starting center for most VHLM outfits. Besides, who wouldn’t want to play in Philly, home to the craziest fans in the states? Kirbsson is known to be a bit wild too, so this really could make sense. No Team Okay I don’t even know if this is possible but can you imagine he doesn’t even get picked up? Do people even know who Kirbsson is? He looks great on the practice ice but he’s yet to even take to it competitively. Will people really make a risky pick on him without even seeing him compete at this level? The short answer: yes, yes they will. But it would be pretty funny if he just got straight up FISTED ANALLY BY A CIRCUS MONKEY. That would be a lot of mistakes being made. Whereever Kirbsson ends up, one thing is for sure, the team is getting a stud of a player that will give every ounce of his energy to the team.
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    VHLM Player Press Conference

    1) The finals are on, Vegas vs Halifax. Who's your pick and why? Vegas baby! They just keep turning the key, and hey, aren’t they up already in the series? A wise man once told me... never bet against Vegas! 2) The VHL and VHLM draft are coming up this offseason. If you're getting drafted to the VHL this year, where do you hope you go? If you've already been drafted, what are you most looking forward to in the VHL? There’s a new team that I’ve got my eye on. But come on, why ruin the surprise? 3) With the offseason upon us, what's your player's favorite postseason activity? It’s going to be cool to go back to Sweden for a while and see my extended family. We’ll definitely be doing some hunting in that time, and maybe even some skiing. 4) Looking back at this last season, what's one thing you're going to miss about the VHLM once you've moved up? Obviously I can’t answer that yet as I’ve never taken to the ice. Ask me again in a year! 5) Coaches always push for their players to "leave it all out on the ice." Do you feel like your player followed that mantra this season, or is there more to them that we have yet to see? Believe me when I say this, I’m as passionate about the sport and the team as anyone. I will lay it all out there every single game. 6) Excluding the drafts and offseason tournament, what would you like to see the VHL host in the offseason in order to make it a little more fun? This is only my first off season so I can’t really comment yet. I’ll be sure to have a think though. I like to think I’m vocal so I’ll come back to you on this!
  6. He was a late arrival to the VHLM but it seems the season is over before it even began for Swedish new boy Maximilian Kirbsson. Saskatoon are out of the play offs, and so, to the dismay of fans around Canada, Kirbsson will not feature at all this season! Something interesting to track will be where his future actually lies. A dispersion draft that is upcoming means that Kirbsson may never end up taking to the ice at Saskatoon... quite a crazy thought considering! We managed to speak to him briefly after practice: ”Yeh I’m very disappointed. Coach told me that I was slated to be starter at Center, and I was ready to go man. But hey, the league decided to block it, and so be it. I will live to fight another day and I’ll definitely be pumped for next season, where ever that may be”. We also went on to ask Kirbsson about what he will be working on this off season: ”I’ll definitely be trying to improve defensively. It’s obviously important to be able to defend better to be an all arounder. Other than that, I guess a bit of scoring too. Everyone knows me as an assist king but being a dual threat Center is definitely one of my main aims going forward”.
  7. NAME: Maximilian Kirbsson POSITION: Center HEIGHT: 6 foot WEIGHT: 195 lbs BORN: Arboga, Sweden SHOOTS: Left handed Play style Kirbsson is the ultimate playmaker. He is a team first player and does whatever it takes to play his team mates into space. He also has exceptional puck control. Strengths • His play making ability is without doubt his strongest asset. He has an eye for space and is likely to be an assist monster. Some players can be taught this skill but others are just born with it and Kirbsson is most definitely born with it. He once had a game in High School where he had seven assists. SEVEN! • He has brilliant puck control. It is very hard to get the puck off of him. It is almost like, at times, it is stuck to him by super glue! This allows him more time to pick out the correct pass, and open up the ice. • His skating, although not his strongest weapon, is constantly getting better on a day to day basis. It may become a strength soon. He has been putting in a lot of work in the off season towards his skating and has stated that he simply wants to “get quicker” on the ice. • His work rate and determination is without a doubt his biggest intangible. He is the first player on the ice and the last one to leave during practice. If he is not practicing with the team, then he is practicing alone. He never stops working on his game and this is the biggest asset to have. • Kirbsson is a great team player. He doesn’t care about his individual stats so much as the teams results. If his team is winning, he is happy. This is valuable for his team as they know he will always do what it takes for the team to get the right result. Weaknesses • Defensively he leaves a lot to be desired. It would seem at times that he only wants to focus on attacking and creating goals, that he forgets to defend his own one. This is something Kirbsson will have to work on if he wants to be successful in the professional game. • His scoring is average, at best. Which is why, you guessed it, he rarely ever shoots. In order to become a two way center he will have to improve his scoring. When this we will happen we are not to sure but it’s definitely something in the pipeline. • Kirbsson isn’t the most physical player and he is frequently outmuscled in one on ones. He needs to hit the gym but being only 18 years old, he should be able to do that with plenty of time! • Kirbsson also needs to work on his face offs. This is key for any Center and simply put, he doesn’t win enough of them at the moment. • His inexperience is currently seen as a weakness. This will inevitably become a strength when he gets game time but for now, it is certainly a weakness. He is liable to make mistakes along the way due to inexperience.
  8. With the post season about to kick off, VHL.com managed to speak to newly signed Saskatoon Center, Maximilian Kirbsson. Interviewer: “Hello Maximilian. How are you feeling today?” KIRBSSON: “I feel good thanks. Training is going well and as a team we are looking ready to take on Oslo. Honestly, the unit feels so tight. They’ve welcomed me in with open arms and I’m happy to be here in Canada”. Interviewer: “There are rumours coming in that you may be starting as first line Center from the get go. How concrete are these rumours and are you nervous at all?” KIRBSSON: “Coach has told me that yes, I’ll be the first line Center from my first game. But it doesn’t mean to much. We are a talented bunch with a lot of depth and I’m going to have to earn my stripes every time I take to the ice. Also, am I nervous? I think anyone in my position would be lieing if they said they wasn’t nervous. However, this is what I was put on the planet to do. I am a hockey player and I am more excited than nervous”. Interviewer: “Good luck!” KIRBSSON: “Thanks. Have fun watching the game. Let’s hope we bring home the W’s!”.
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    Saskatoon Wild press conference

    What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now? I mean, Pokemon maybe? I’m still young now though so yeh... but hey, do people still play Pokemon? What game have you spent the most hours playing? Im a sucker for Madden. I suck, but I love it. I guess it stems from my roots growing up, my papa always had the games on. I’m a football junkie. What’s the worst backhanded compliment you could give another player? Oh come on now, you should know: locker room banter stays in the locker room! Where do you get your VHL news? VHL news dot com. The number one source! What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from a work of fiction? I honestly haven’t done much reading, not in english anyway. But I did once read The Twits. Can’t beat a classic old story! What are qualities that make a player successful in the VHL(M)? Integrity. Belief, and honestly I’d put teamwork up there too. If you can’t play in a team then your not going anywhere fast.
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    Maximilian Kirbsson Biography

    “Just a small town boy, living in a lonely world” Childhood Maximilian Kirbsson was born in the small town of Arboga, which is located around an hour and a half by road from Stockholm. For those of you that don’t know, not much passes through Arboga. It is primarily a farming town and the nearest hockey team would be in Örebro. The only notable name to come out of Arboga? UFC Light Heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson. As a child, Kirbsson spent a lot of time on the farm. His parents, Kirby and Alva, were both keen farmers and their ranch stretched over 20 square kilometres. Their primary source of farming was crop farming and his father once owned the second biggest farming company in Sweden up until this year when he decided to sell the company (when the entire family moved over to Canada to support Kirbsson’s hockey career). When not farming, Kirbsson was a keen artist and his mother once entered him into a regional portrait drawing contest that he actually went on to win. His family were not really Hockey orientated although Kirbsson has stated that his father, Kirby, is a huge American Football fan. As a child he and his dad used to stay up late into the night watching EFL games, and his father always dreamed of his son one day playing in the EFL. However, whenever they would finish watching the football, Kirbsson would plead with his father to switch over to the hockey games. Upbringing Maximilian Kirbsson had an interesting upbringing. His family were a heavy Christian family and so Church was, and has always been, a huge part of his day to day life. Every Sunday he would attend church and it is only until he turned 18, that he decided to not be as strict with his religious beliefs as he may have previously been. Hunting has also played a huge role in Kirbsson’s life and he regularly went Elk Hunting with his father, uncles and grand father. Together, they would sometimes spend weeks together in the woods hunting wild Elk to feast on during Midsommar and Christmas. As an early teenager, Kirbsson began acting and singing. He performed in a variety of stage shows and also featured in a mass commercial in Stockholm for car company Volvo. He had an appearance on Idol Sweden where he managed to get through to the Bootcamp round before getting eliminated. It was after this failure that Kirbsson decided to fully dedicate himself to hockey. Unbeknown to his father, Kirbsson had actually been practicing since he was only six years old. How, you may ask? He used to use a sawn off Broom in the farmhouse with a trimmed down brick serving as the puck. Whenever he would finish up with his farm chores early he would hit up the farmhouse and practice until dinner in the evening. There is one key component to remember here... Kirbsson wasn’t skating. He was almost playing floor hockey, and so you may also wonder how he became such a strong skater? Well... it snows in Sweden, a lot. And even though his father wasn’t extremely keen on his son being a middle of the pack hockey player, they would go as a family to the ice rink every year when the snow set in, so skating has very much been a part of Kirbsson’s life from a young age. High School Throughout school, Kirbsson excelled academically but the standout moment for him was a school trip to Finland to watch Helsinki battle in the VHL. Immediately... Kirbsson was hooked. His favourite subject in High School was English Literature. He was always miles ahead of his class mates as his father, Kirby’s native tongue is English. He is bilingual born as his mother, Alva, is Swedish. In his High School Exam he wrote a 2000 word essay about Macbeth. He was awarded an A+ for it. It was his sophomore year in High School that Kirbsson really excelled on the ice. He caught the eye of numerous scouts over the pond and drew comparisons to fellow Center and VHL Hall of Famer, Felix Peters, with his exceptional playmaking abilities and puck handling. During school prom, Kirbsson and his date were named Prom King and Queen, to the surprise of no-one. VHLM We’ve already mentioned previously that Kirbsson’s family weren’t the biggest hockey family. It wasn’t their favourite sport and so convincing them to support him wasn’t the easiest task. However, his father, who is a big sports fan, realises talent when he see’s it and when they received numerous invitations in the post from VHLM teams, the family was finally converted. They were officially a hockey family. After offers from numerous teams, Kirbsson decided on signing with Canadian side the Saskatoon Wild. After signing the contract Kirbsson had this to say: “I’m feeling great about everything to be honest. Life’s good. I’ve spent my life living under a rock and it feels good to just be out there, doing my thing, and being recognised. I’ve already had like, hundreds of girls writing to me. Yes ladies, I’m single. I’m fair game. But my focus is hockey, ladies are number two. Coach seems like a great dude too. Super knowledgable. It’s cool to come to Canada too. Ya’know, the landscape, the climate, the hunting, it’s all similar to Sweden. It makes this big move just that little bit smoother; especially for mum and dad”. As you can see, quite the character Kirbsson is! He also spoke of his aspirations going forward and what he plans to achieve: “I want to win the big one with Saskatoon. That’s for sure. Hey, it may even happen this year, stranger things have happened! I’d also like to just do myself justice really. Ya’know, cement myself as the hottest property going into the VHL draft. That’s my aim. One hundred percent”. What happens next is left to be decided by no one but Maximilian Kirbsson. He clearly has the talent. He has the flare. He has the looks. Whether he reaches his potential is solely down to him, but we certainly wouldn’t be betting against him doing so!
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    [S64] Player Store and Balances

    Player Name: Maximilian Kirbsson VHL/VHLM Team: Saskatoon Wild Cash you have: 1.5m Purchase Name: The First generation (+5 TPE) Cost of Purchase: 500k Cash Left: 1m