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  1. 1. With the draft we have a completely new look team. How do you think the draft went for the team? I look forward to working with all of the new guys! I think the draft turned out spectacularly for us and I think we have a real shot at the post-season! 2. Do you have any goals for your player this season? Optimistically, I'm hoping for something close to 30 goals, 45 points. 3. If you could have a goal song for your player, what would it be? I'd probably pick something like Swing by Parkway Drive, heavy stuff for good goals sends chills through crowds in my opinion. 7. What team is your pick to win the Stanley Cup playoffs in the NHL? Did your favourite team make it? As a Ducks fan, I'm rooting for the Panthers. They're my favourite team in the East and I want a team that's never won a cup to raise it this year. Minnesota winning would also be pretty cool in that regard. 8. Favourite food? There's this Korean street food stand where I live and when I say their tteokbokki is to die for, I mean it. When I move away for Uni, I might miss that more than home cooking. 9. Controversial opinion: Pineapple does not belong on pizzas, why or why not? Pineapple is the best pizza topping. It adds explosive flavour to the dish and keeps everything juicy when it needs to be.
  2. Rising prospect Matti Takala had the privilege of having his name called at the VHL entry draft the other week, with the Moscow Menace selecting Takala with the 30th pick of the draft. Takala was more than pleased to join Moscow with their incredible growing young core and numerous other prospects. “The interview that Moscow gave me was something different. I felt it instantly, a connection with the organisation. That is no disrespect to the other organisations that interviewed me, but I felt certain about Moscow.” Takala further spoke on falling down the draft list, from a potential first round pick to a late second. “Yeah, it was tough. I had a lot of things get in the way of my growth recently. It’s all clear now and I intend to give Moscow and whatever VHLM team that drafts me today my 100% effort. I want to make an impact and I want to drive for post-season.” The more we speak with Takala, the more it becomes evident that the words ‘ambition’ and ‘steadfast’ should become synonymous with the Finnish prospect. Nevertheless, Takala seems to be getting back on track to grow at his previously fervent pace. This is definitely a good sign for the young right-winger.
  3. 1) Good luck in the future, man! You were super helpful in the learning stage of the VHL, all the best! 2) I'm hoping to hit 20 goals and 35 points! High hopes to get my +/- to -10 instead of -14 too lol. 3) My favourite movie is probably Warrior or Snatch. Warrior is just a good Tom Hardy film and Snatch is a classic, can't go wrong with Brad Pitt. 4) Welcome to the squad Kman! Good to have you, best wishes for you! 5) It's actually coming up on winter in Australia, so I'm excited to have days that won't boil me alive. I'll probably go to the mountains with friends, thought. 6) Powerade is the drink of rugby, so that was always the go-to. Nowadays, I drink more gatorade because I like the way it tastes more. When they bring out the gold powerade, it's unbeatable though. 7) I'm a Ducks fan. Watching the NHL is pain. Praying that all of our prospects turn out to be elite, because I can't watch this team waste John Gibson away for much longer. 8] Just playing with friends is fun enough, but nothing hits more than scoring goals, it pushes adrenaline like nothing else. 9) I'm not too sure about the intricacies of being an AGM, but you've been pretty incredible in my opinions! Just like DMaximus, you helped me through the learning phase really effectively and are just generally a very good presence. Pretty good stuff.
  4. Matti Takala This is a sick idea, top stuff!
  5. https://imgur.com/a/yDnCqvH Had to put it on imgur since my max file size is 8.66kB. Crits appreciated!
  6. goofy edit a friend recommended, crits welcomed.
  7. Matti Takala has been a slow riser in the Season 78 draft, climbing his way up the ranks and with offers from teams beginning to roll in, some wonder how the 18 year old handles his hockey career and essentially still being a kid. A lot of social media users question the lengths that athletes will meet to ensure their goals are met. “is it really ok for a [sic] 18 y/o to be put under that much stress?? when i was 18 i could hardly handle studying for my atar, let alone pro sports. it's no wonder that takala isn't faring so well. he's probably working out of his mind!!” said Twitter user @vhlfromoz. When asking the Philadelphia Reapers RW, he had this to say; “Hockey at this level is very hard. It’s not for everybody, there’s a reason that only select people make it to a higher level. I train daily and put in efforts that some people just cannot. I love it though, and I will do it until I reach the spotlight of the VHL. Everybody deals with things differently, it is human to do that. I play for those who know they cannot. I love the work I do and would not trade it for anything, but I applaud those who traded skates for other work. They are braver than I am." Takala is known to be hardy in nature and very dedicated to being a player who excels in his position and play style. He has previously stated his wishes to be one of the league’s brightest stars. His hard work is paying off, with him having 13 goals and 26 points in 45 VHLM games played. Takala’s career will be an interesting one, with no doubt that his level of play will only fly higher in the nearing future.
  8. 1). What has been your most memorable moment with the Reapers so far this season? Most likely the first game. I remember checking the score sheet and seeing my shot count. I distinctly remember thinking "I can actually do things!" It felt good to even have the SOGs, I was ready to turn them into points! 2). Hockey players can be very superstitious. Do you have any superstitions? I'm inclined not to step on any logos, sports related or not. We have a logo at our school and I just can't bring myself to walk through it, even if it'd be quicker. It's just a little thing that irks me. 3). You're called in to shoot in a shoot out. What's your move/deke you'll use to score? Backhand-forehand-backhand. Can't beat a classic like that, it's a beauty (unless you're the goaltender.) It's just a nice looking goal if it's scored, I love it. 4). What's your goal scoring celebration you do when you score? If it's a massive goal, drop to one knee and do the bow and arrow, but if it's just a nice goal, I'll go give taps to my teammates before anything. 5). Hypothetical: if you were attacked by a VHLM team's mascot (resembling their VHLM team name), who do you think you can beat? Maybe the Aces? That'd just be a card so surely they'd be the easiest to beat, right? 6). With about half of the season or so still left to play, do you have any goals for the remaining games? I want to hit 30-35 points and hopefully 16-17 goals. It'd just be a nice thing heading into the Entry Draft and would help my player climb the rankings.
  9. When asked by the Philadelphia Reapers to join their organisation, Finnish RW Matti Takala knew the learning curve would be steep but he didn’t fully understand the extent of that learning curve. Coming off a 41 point U20 SM-Liiga season, he had expected to keep that pace or similar in the VHLM. In 30 VHLM games, Takala has a stat line of 10-5--15 with a -15 plus/minus. This has led the goal scoring winger to be frustrated with his performance in Philadelphia, with which he had the following to say to a Finnish news outlet. “The VHLM is in a different league than the U20 program, obviously. I’m playing against men and people who have far more experience than I do as an 18 year old. Even then, I expected to be doing better than I am. I hope to score more and put up more points to improve Philadelphia’s chances at making the playoffs. I’d like to round out my defensive game as well, since that is holding me back from being the best player I can be” Takala is shaping up to be a top 30 prospect for the Season78 VHL draft, with high hopes of being a consistent player in the league, so we can only hope that he achieves what he wishes to become as a player and see his career flourish.
  10. 1) What has been your favourite part of the VHL/Community so far? I've been really enjoying the artistic aspect, like getting into editing and honing my writing skills. I think this is probably the first time since year 10 that I've actually used Photoshop and I've been enjoying it a lot! The community is also very supportive which I think is fantastic. 2) After a good win, what's your celebratory meal? Nothing hits after a win quite like chicken parmesan or fettucine. I'm a big pasta person in general, but pasta after wins is just cut from a different cloth. 3) Travelling for games, do you prefer road trips or flying? Road trips! Always road trips! I can sleep on the road, but I'm very scared of heights so I'm always on alert on planes. Road trips also just have a different vibe to them that always makes them more fun than they should be. 4) Who is your favourite NHL player? John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks. He's the player who got me into hockey and made me an unfortunate Ducks fan. I saw his highlight reel back in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the game, which is difficult to do being from Australia. 5) At the end of this season, players from the VHLM will be drafted by VHL teams in the VHL Entry Draft. Do you have a specific team that you hope drafts you? Since my player is from Finland, I'm hoping that I get drafted by Helsinki to make that Finnish connection, but I'd be happy to be drafted to anybody! I also really like the design of Moscow's logo and think it'd be fun to do work with that, so they're also pretty high on my list, but again, I'll be happy to go wherever I'm drafted! 6) What's your go to shot in hockey? Wrist shot! Maybe not as hard as a slapshot or one timer, but definitely the most accurate! Growing up playing rugby, I was always taught that accuracy was key to any game, so that's why I tend to wrist shots now.
  11. 1) What has been your favourite part of the VHL/Community so far? I've been really enjoying the artistic aspect, like getting into editing and honing my writing skills. I think this is probably the first time since year 10 that I've actually used Photoshop and I've been enjoying it a lot! The community is also very supportive which I think is fantastic. 2) After a good win, what's your celebratory meal? Nothing hits after a win quite like chicken parmesan or fettucine. I'm a big pasta person in general, but pasta after wins is just cut from a different cloth. 3) Travelling for games, do you prefer road trips or flying? Road trips! Always road trips! I can sleep on the road, but I'm very scared of heights so I'm always on alert on planes. Road trips also just have a different vibe to them that always makes them more fun than they should be. 4) Who is your favourite NHL player? John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks. He's the player who got me into hockey and made me an unfortunate Ducks fan. I saw his highlight reel back in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the game, which is difficult to do being from Australia. 5) At the end of this season, players from the VHLM will be drafted by VHL teams in the VHL Entry Draft. Do you have a specific team that you hope drafts you? Since my player is from Finland, I'm hoping that I get drafted by Helsinki to make that Finnish connection, but I'd be happy to be drafted to anybody! I also really like the design of Moscow's logo and think it'd be fun to do work with that, so they're also pretty high on my list, but again, I'll be happy to go wherever I'm drafted! 6) What's your go to shot in hockey? Wrist shot! Maybe not as hard as a slapshot or one timer, but definitely the most accurate! Growing up playing rugby, I was always taught that accuracy was key to any game, so that's why I tend to wrist shots now.
  12. Review That jersey swap is nuts! If you showed that to me with no context, I'd believe that the Avs had swapped their colours entirely! The background texture helps the blacks and reds pop really nicely, making them a standout feature of this edit. Having the 'Chicago Phoenix' text on the L's slant also adds a layer of interest to the edit and makes the whole piece really fun to look at! The faded L's also help the piece with depth and the negative space. I think the use of negative and positive space is really clever in this edit! The only extraordinarily minor critique I have is that the splatter effect on the left slightly obscures the number, but even then this is still an incredibly well crafted edit. I can see the amount of time you've put into your editing skills! 9.5/10
  13. Review I really like the font you chose for the name and the texture used on the surname! I think it helps the yellow text stand out from the yellow jersey and prevents it from looking super cluttered to the eye. I also like the distortion effect around the player cutout, and the blur effect adds depth to the overall edit. The contrast in the light and shadow is also really nice and adds nice detail to the image. However, I think the light effect + the distortion effect makes the white text for the first name a little difficult to read, so I think moving the light flare a little further from the name would have helped that. Overall, definitely a solid 8/10, big fan of this!
  14. Matti Takala: From Turku to Philadelphia Turku, Finland has been home to some of the greatest Finnish players of all time. The Koivu Brothers, Miikka Kiprusoff, all of them were household names in their playing days. Matti Takala hopes to add himself to that list someday. Growing up in Finnish hockey culture, Matti Takala never stopped thinking about hockey. Thoughts of ice and pucks would sit in his thoughts quietly and he’d occasionally find himself drawing gameplans instead of writing school work. Matti only dreamed of making it to the SM-Liiga at the beginning, playing for TPS Turku and representing his hometown proudly. Donning the black jersey and scoring goals like he had been his whole U18 career. Then he saw the VHL players. VHL players were faster and stronger than SM-Liiga players. They hit harder, skated faster, shot the puck more accurately. It was like falling in love with hockey all over again. Matti set a new goal after watching the VHL players. Make it to the VHL, whatever the cost. If that meant flying halfway across the world, sobeit. If that meant waking up at 3am and training until 9pm, he’d do it. Whatever the cost. As an 18-year-old, Takala had settled comfortably into the U20 TPS Turku team, acquiring an ‘A’ as well. In 47 U20 SM-Liiga games, Takala scored 23 goals and tallied 35 total points. His contributions to the U20 TPS team did not go unnoticed, with his callup to the SM-Liiga occurring midway through the season. Takala got his first taste of professional hockey in the SM-Liiga with TPS Turku. With a stat line of 3-1-4 in 4 games played, Takala showed great promise as an offensive force. He showed the crowd in the stands his potential to be an elite goal scoring forward, and he intended to break any ceilings that stood in his way. Matti Takala was not afraid to skate through fire to achieve his dream of making it to the VHL. Takala’s dream recently became much closer to reality. Domini Maximus, general manager of the Philadelphia Reapers, called and asked if Takala wanted to start his VHLM journey. An offer no pro player can decline. Takala took the offer within a heartbeat. He’d have celebrated that night, but he had a game to play. He took to the ice for what could be the last time with TPS Turku and celebrated his signing with his teammates after a 4-1 win over JYP. Matti Takala has worked hard and he’s more than ready to kick it into overdrive for the VHLM. Anything to get to the VHL and achieve his dream of lifting the Continental Cup.
  15. 1). The weather is warming up! What is your ideal vacation spot or trip? I was always a big fan of going to tropical places, like the Caribbean. They have nice food and drink and are very fun places in general. 2). After a long, hard game on the ice, what do you do to relax afterwards? I like to do something more mindless but keeps my blood pumping, so sometimes I'll just hop on the bike and pedal for a little to wind down. 3). Do you have any goals you want to achieve before the end of the season? I'm hoping to climb the draft class rankings and make it into the top half at the very least, so lots of hard work will be required. 4). What is the one thing you cannot leave home without? Keys! Spent lots of my life being told I need them sewn into my clothes, so now I always make sure I have them. 5). If you follow the NHL, what is your favorite team? If not, what sports team do you root for? I'm an Anaheim Ducks fan. It has been one rough season, but Zegras and Drysdale give me hope every time I watch them. 6). What came first, the chicken or the egg? Probably the egg? Or maybe it was Anivia, I can't say for sure.
  16. Thought I'd give sig making a go, feedback appreciated :]
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