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  1. Riga Reign Receive: G Greg Eagles Vancouver Wolves Receive: G Finn Davison RW Pat Svoboda S72 RIG 1st Analysis Vancouver's early-season shake-up continues, as another long-time member of the Wolves is on the move. This time, unsurprisingly, it's Greg Eagles, the reigning Greg Clegane and Aidan Shaw Trophy winner. With the selection of Jimmy Spyro in Season 69 (nice), it was only a matter of time before he eventually took over as the starter in Vancouver… but he'll still have to wait another season, as Finn Davison comes over in the transaction, looking to keep Vancouver in the mix for the Continental Cup in his final season. Winger Pat Svoboda also joins the Wolfpack for his final season as a cap dump, but the real prize for General Manager Keaton Louth is Riga's first-round pick next season. After acquiring New York's Season 73 first-round pick in the Micheal Gary Scott trade, Vancouver now has four first-round selections in the next two drafts. Being able to remain in contention with Davison this season is nice, but the excellent shape that Louth has the Wolves in to retool was the real aim of this deal. Riga Reign General Manager Benjamin Zeptenbergs did have to part with his first-round pick next season, but he solves a long-standing problem for Riga by finding consistency in the crease. Zeptenbergs has had trouble finding a goalie that would solve Riga's long-term needs at goalie, and while Finn Davison is a quality goalie, he only fills that need for Riga for the rest of this season. With the acquisition of Greg Eagles, the Reign not only acquire arguably the best netminder in the game right now, but they now have their man in net for the next four seasons, as Eagles is under contract for the rest of his career. Riga's roster is starting to come together, with time really the only thing they need now with Eagles on board. Season 72's draft class looks to be deep, but the Reign can survive without it thanks to the stability in the net that it bought them. Overall, I think this is a really even trade. There's not much of a market for goalies right now, so it's a big win for Keaton Louth and the Wolves to get a first-round pick. At the same time, the Reign have finally secured quality goaltending for the foreseeable future with Greg Eagles. Both teams got their primary need fulfilled with this deal, and it's dead-even in my eyes. Get-to-Know the Players Greg Eagles Greg Eagles is the key player of this trade, and it's easy to see why. Season 70's Greg Clegane and Aidan Shaw Trophy winner is among the best goalies in the VHL right now. He's also won the Continental Cup, albeit as a back-up, but now his quest to lift the Cup as the starting netminder takes him to the European Conference. Eagles has gotten consistently better as a starter every season, and he's as good as ever so far this season. Riga's journey to contention has gotten a huge boost with Greg Eagles on their side for the rest of his career. But despite doing a great job as a mentor for Jimmy Spyro, the crease now firmly belongs to Eagles in Riga. Finn Davison Don't let the fact that he's being swapped for Greg Eagles fool you, because Finn Davison has had a very solid career himself. After spending five seasons with the HC Davos Dynamo, including winning the Greg Clegane and Aidan Shaw trophies in Season 68, he has become a bit of a journeyman, to say the least. Acquired by the Moscow Menace in Season 69 (nice) for their playoff run, Davison started all 72 games that season. After being moved to Riga last season, he now finds himself with Vancouver for his swan song. Can Davison go out on top with a Cup win with the Wolves? Pat Svoboda A crafty veteran on the verge of scoring his 400th career point in the VHL, Pat Svoboda is a bit of a throw-in with this deal for cap purposes, but he could still be a factor for the Wolves. Carving out a career with long tenures with the HC Davos Dynamo and the Riga Reign, including two 70 point seasons, he'll finish his career in the North American Conference. Svoboda's work ethic has dramatically dropped off, and regression has robbed him of the skills he once had, but even if he winds up as a bottom-line player, you'd be hard-pressed to find one as experienced as Svoboda. Players Mentioned: @Greg_Di, @Poptart, @StamkosFan, @DarkSpyro, @Beaviss, @Motzaburger, @hedgehog337
  2. Nicely done, Woody! Keep up the good work!
  3. Couldn't pull off the comeback this time... let's stop putting ourselves in this situation, boys!
  4. What a comeback! Big two points for the Phantoms!!
  5. Glenn Simmonds, RW 1. Martin Jones 2. Connor McDavid 3. Brian Elliot 4. Nikita Kucherov 5. Seth Jones 6. Vladimir Tarasenko 7. TJ Oshie 8. Kris Letang
  6. Vancouver Wolves Receive: D David OQuinn S73 NYA 1st S73 DCD 2nd New York Americans Receive: D Micheal Gary Scott S72 VAN 3rd Analysis There have been rumours swirling around the VHL that a big trade was coming, and they did not die down after the Gutzweilers were moved to Toronto. Surely enough, the New York Americans did indeed make the big move, as Micheal Gary Scott is moving to the Big Apple. After a sudden, unexpected attempt to move to defence from centre in the middle of the Vancouver Wolves' shocking first-round loss to the Seattle Bears last season, Scott finds himself getting a change of scenery. A New York team struggling to meet high expectations for Season 71 after a disappointing end to their year in Season 70 may just be the place for Micheal Gary Scott to get both his and the Americans' seasons on track. Certainly, a bold move by General Manager Joel Ylonen, as he will be parting with two Season 73 draft picks, including New York's first-rounder. Scott joins a solid core of defensemen, and with the highest TPA among defensemen in the VHL, easily takes over as the top defenseman on the Americans. Along with Lance Flowers, New York now boasts quality depth along the blue line, but will it be worth the price? General Manager Keaton Louth can't help but smile after this trade, as surely he feels he got the better end of this transaction. David OQuinn doesn't have the TPA of MGS, but he is cheaper and frees up more cap for future moves for Vancouver. OQuinn's work ethic has been erratic, but he still maintains an active presence around the league and with proper motivation, perhaps the former first-round pick could reach that potential. Additionally, after multiple post-season failures, Louth stated a need to make some changes, and with rumours of strife and discontent in the Vancouver locker room, Scott was likely an ideal candidate to move. The real prize, however, is the draft picks acquired: New York's Season 73 first-rounder and the D.C. Dragons' second-rounder from the same season. If New York's struggles continue, it could prove to be an absolute win for Louth and the Wolves. Even if it winds up being in the middle of the first, it'll be a valuable piece for a Vancouver team likely in need of a re-tool right around that time. While this is an even trade, in my opinion, Vancouver comes out ahead in terms of value with this trade. The Americans bulk up on defence and it could right the ship in their quest for the Continental Cup, but this is a very nice move for the future for Vancouver. Quinn could prove to be a solid addition, and the two draft picks to add depth at a critical point in time for the franchise. Get-to-Know the Players David OQuinn The first overall pick of the Season 69 (nice) VHLM Dispersal Draft, he was also drafted with the 12th overall pick in the VHL Entry Draft the same season. As a member of the legendary Season 69 (nice) Saskatoon Wild, OQuinn scored an absurd 114 points and was instrumental in the Wild's record-setting season. With a VHLM-leading 99 assists, OQuinn won the Vladimir Boomchenko Trophy to cap off his career in the M. To date, however, he has not found the same success in the VHL, although his sophomore campaign is showing a lot of promise. It will have to finish in Vancouver, however, as he moves on to the Wolves. Will this change in scenery help OQuinn become the dominant force he was in the M? Micheal Gary Scott At 5'6, 179 lbs, the top-earning defenseman in the VHL doesn't seem to be built like a defenseman at all, and that's because his career started as a centre. After one season in the VHLM with the Mexico City Kings, in which he tallied 84 points, MSG was drafted 8th overall by the Vancouver Wolves in the memorable Season 67 VHL Entry Draft. Although he struggled his first two seasons, despite becoming a Continental Cup champion in his rookie season, Scott broke through in Season 69 (nice) with 32 goals and 36 assists for 68 points. He followed it up in Season 70 with 69 (nice) points, continuing his strong play. Despite looking better than ever at the center, Scott shocked the league by announcing a position change to defence in the middle of the playoffs. Seemingly tired of playing in the shadow of Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Micheal Gary Scott got 18 games on top of Vancouver's depth charts on defence, posting top-ten calibre numbers. He'll now finish in New York, hoping to become a star on one of the VHL's biggest stages. Players Mentioned: @David O'Quinn, @Motzaburger, @Esso2264, @DaftRaincloud, @Gwdjohnson, @CowboyinAmerica@Beaviss,
  7. Way to get back on track boys, we needed this one!
  8. 109 Malmo Nighthawks @ Vancouver Wolves 110 Toronto Legion @ Prague Phantoms 112 Helsinki Titans @ HC Davos Dynamo 113 Riga Reign @ Moscow Menace
  9. Credit to @Motzaburger for this dope title graphic! Hello and welcome to Season Two of The Talents Behind the Trophies. In this series, we delve deep into the history of the Victory Hockey League to learn more about the players that the various awards of the VHL and VHLM are named after. Many times, people covet a trophy, yet they don't know the story behind the player the award is named for. Personally, I feel that the stories of these players should be told. You see, these awards were initially named after NHL players, eventually taking the name of VHL players who personified the spirit of that award. Naturally, these are some of the best to ever grace the league, and The Talents Behind the Trophies will ensure their stories are known. We'll begin with a trophy that is very well-known and hotly contested virtually annually: the Christian Stolzschweiger Trophy, awarded to the top rookie of the VHL. Originally called the Bossy Trophy after the legendary NHL sniper, it would be renamed in Season 11 after the first player to win the award, Christian Stolzschweiger. Not only was he the first player to win the award, but for many years, the journeyman right wing was the golden standard for rookies of the VHL. With a ridiculous 72 goals and 68 assists for 140 points, Stolzschweiger remained the top rookie point scorer for decades. In fact, his record was only very recently eclipsed in Season 62 by Vyacheslav Smirnov of the Seattle Bears, who scored an insane 149 points. The Christian Stolzschweiger Trophy is awarded annually to the top rookie of the VHL. As the VHL enters what many consider to be a "dead puck era," the impressive point totals from rookies has naturally dropped off. Indeed, Season 70's winner, Helsinki Titans defenseman Erik Summers, won the Christian Stolzschweiger Trophy with 39 points. However, that is not the lowest point total to win the award, with defenseman Colton Rayne of the New York Americans holding that distinction. Fortunately for prospects everywhere, rookie scoring appears to once again be on the rise. Season 71 rookies Kristopher McDagg and Thomas Landry II have both scored 10 points in their first 12 games, with several others close behind. Calgary's phenom netminder, Jacques Lafontaine, is also making a strong case for the award, with 8 wins and a .922 save percentage. There is certainly a strong crop vying for the Christian Stolzschweiger Trophy this season. While Christian Stolzschweiger's name is known by virtue of the trophy that bears his name, along with his dynamic rookie season, little seems to be known about the VHL Hall of Famer otherwise. For starters, despite being best-known for his rookie season in Season 2, his story actually begins before that. Stolzschweiger was selected with the 4th overall pick of the Season 1 Supplementary Draft by the Seattle Everblades, playing a full season with them. In those 72 games, he scored 36 goals and tallied 35 assists for a total of 71 points, falling just short of averaging a point per game. The North American Conference All-Star also added 5 points in the playoffs, despite Seattle being swept by the legendary Season 1 Calgary Wranglers, featuring Hall of Famers Brett Slobodzian, Scott Boulet and Sterling Labatte. As a supplementary player, Stolzschweiger was draft-eligible for the Season 2 VHL Entry Draft, being selected first overall by the Toronto Legion. Christian Stolzschweiger's legendary Season 2 would win him more than just Rookie of the Year honours. Stolzschweiger's "rookie" season, as well-documented by this article multiple times, was nothing short of legendary. Averaging a goal a game with 72 and assisting on 68 others, Stolzschweiger's 140 points not only led all rookies, it led the entire VHL, outside of the legendary Scotty Campbell. Along with a second straight All-Star selection and the Bossy Trophy as the top rookie, Stolzschweiger also won the Gretzky Trophy as the VHL MVP. However, the Calgary Wranglers again defeated the Legion in the playoffs, despite 14 points from Stolzschweiger in the seven-game series. Season 3 ultimately brought more of the same, as, despite another dominant season with 135 points, Toronto again ran into Calgary in the playoffs and were unceremoniously swept. It also wound up being the end of Stolzschweiger's time with Toronto, as he would be traded to the Hamilton Canucks following the end of the season. With Hamilton looking to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the Canucks looked to Stolzschweiger to deliver and his dominance continued. The change of scenery having no ill effects, he scored 63 goals and added 62 assists for 125 points, another strong season. A match-up with Stolzschweiger's old Seattle team, since re-branded the Bears, ended in more post-season heartbreak. Despite scoring 11 points, the Bears defeated the Canucks in six games en route to their first Continental Cup victory. After being traded again following the season, Stolzschweiger found himself on the Stockholm Rams, his third team in three years. His dominant play continued, recording 127 more points with 65 goals. However, the one other thing that remained a constant was failure in the playoffs. The Rams were swept by future Hall of Famer Matt Defosse and the Helsinki Titans, as another great year by Stolzschweiger ended in bitter disappointment. Hall of Famer Matt Defosse, one of Helsinki's first greats, as well as a post-season nemesis of Stolzschweiger. Another season began with another new home for Christian Stolzschweiger, this time with the Avangard Havoc. Looking to finish a rebuild, Stolzschweiger helped pave the way to the playoffs with 46 goals and 66 assists, for 112 points. Avangard reached the playoffs, but Stolzschweiger was thwarted yet again by the Helsinki Titans, who, bolstered by the mid-season acquisition of Scotty Campbell, defeated the Havoc in six games and went on to win the Continental Cup. For the first time since Season 3, however, Stolzschweiger did not end up on another team, remaining on an Avangard team that, with the likes of Brad Janssen, Alec Miller, McLovin, Sexy McSexington and, of course, Christian Stolzschweiger, quickly emerged as a favourite for the Cup. He responded with another big season, racking up 65 goals and 60 assists for 125 points as the Havoc finished with the best record in the league. Any post-season doubts were quickly silenced with a convincing sweep of the Vasteras Eagles, and Christian Stolzschweiger was finally going to play in the Continental Cup Finals. The Calgary Wranglers, who had ended several seasons for him in heartbreak, once again stood in his way. But behind Stolzschweiger's 20 points in 10 games, the Avangard Havoc would not be denied, defeating Calgary in six games to win the Continental Cup. On top of finally lifting the Continental Cup, Stolzschweiger also won the Howe Trophy as the MVP of the Playoffs. Sterling Labatte and the Calgary Wranglers were thorns in Stolzschweiger's side early in his career, but could not deny him a Cup in Season 7. Avangard's success, however, proved to be short-lived. Many of the players who were instrumental to their championship season were now gone, but Stolzschweiger remained for his third season with the club. It would also be his last, as Stolzschweiger announced his retirement at the beginning of the season. Despite the rough outlook of Avangard's upcoming season, Stolzschweiger stuck with the Havoc, recording 34 goals and 43 assists for 77 points in his final season. With Avangard missing the playoffs, the season finale against the Toronto Legion, the team that drafted him in Season 2, was his final VHL game. Although the Legion defeated the Havoc 5-2, Stolzschweiger finished his career with a multi-point game, recording a goal and an assist. As he left the ice for the final time, he received a roaring ovation from a grateful Toronto crowd, sending the legend off with the respect brought about by his greatness. In Season 9, Stolzschweiger's career was fully cemented as one of the VHL's greats as he was inducted into the VHL Hall of Fame, along with the great Scotty Campbell. One of the game's original greats, Stolzschweiger's fame continues to this day. Two seasons after being immortalized in the Hall of Fame, the Bossy Trophy was renamed to the Christian Stolzschweiger Trophy, which has been coveted by rookie players ever since. Although his rookie record has since been broken, it is difficult to argue that VHL rookies do not continue to chase the success he experienced in his rookie season. Perhaps, just maybe, with this article, the story of Christian Stolzschweiger can be remembered as more than just a dominant rookie season and a name on a trophy. Best of luck to all the rookies of Season 71 as they look to start their careers by intertwining their careers with Stolzschweiger's by winning the trophy that bears his name! Players Mentioned: avalanchfan21, @Banackock, @Erik Summers, @Spade18, @Viperxhawks19, @Doomsday, @SlapshotDragon, rybak_49, djscooter, @sterling, @scotty, @Cowboy, Brad Janssen, Gibouleau