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Top 5 VHLM Big Men The VHLM currently has many freakishly large players making a name for themselves this season. Below I have listed five of the more prolific “Extra Large” players making a name for themselves in the minors. This list is not exhaustive, but includes some of the highest scoring giants of the league at the moment. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Yukon Rush) Helmsley is an absolute stud, weighing in at 250 lbs. and stacked 6’5” high. He is not only a physical specimen, but also a hockey phenom, being drafted first overall in the 65th season, and already achieving 15 goals and 18 assists through his first 16 games of the season. This puts him at 2nd in overall VHLM points with 33, averaging about 2.1 points per game. The 49 year old center will likely be a hot commodity for the VHL teams scouting him if he keeps producing these impressive numbers. Orion Slade (Minnesota Storm) Standing at an impressive 6’8”, Slade is one of the tallest players in the league. He weighs a hefty 225 lbs., but despite his massive size, has focused his play more on the skilled aspects. Slade has amassed 9 goals and 15 assists in his 16 games played for a total of 24 points so far this season. Slade also stands out with his impressive defensive play, working up to a +8 in this amount of time. At only 18 years old, it will be interesting to see where Slade’s impressive play at both ends will get him in his hockey career. Valeri Morozov (Yukon Rush) At 6’6” and 225 lbs., the Russian born left winger Morozov is another big forward tearing up the VHLM. Morozov’s 24 points prove him to be one of the league’s elite forwards, but he also shows his worth in his physical game, racking up 49 hits as well. With only 16 penalty minutes so far, and an even plus minus rating, Morozov showcases that his high hit total is largely through good, clean hits, without becoming a defensive liability for his team. Nethila Dissanayake (Saskatoon Wild) Dissanayake, astonishingly tall at 6’8”, but still lanky at only 197 lbs., is one of the more exotic players in the league, hailing from his native Sri Lanka. After an impressive college and CHL career, Dissanayake has taken his talents to the VHLM, where he has amassed 23 points in just the first couple weeks of the season. With 16 assists to his name so far, Dissanayake has been a major part of his line mate Shawnomir Jagr’s goalscoring success this season. Dissanayake is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on in the coming seasons. Kyle Sabertooth (Las Vegas Aces) Bringing this list to a conclusion is Kyle Sabertooth, who has managed to become one of his team’s top scorers in the first part of the season. Measuring at 6’2” and 230 lbs., Sabertooth is no stranger to violence, racking up 33 hits and 21 penalty minutes already. This winger plays a 200 foot game, having also worked up to a +5 in addition to his formidable point totals, proving his proficiency at both ends of the ice. This concludes the first edition of VHLM Big Men. Coming in the next edition, will there be a definitive biggest man? Will a woman debut as a big woman? Will a player finally grow taller than 6’8”? As the season continues, stay tuned for more updates and reports on the key big men of the VHLM. Word count: 591, Week ending 03/10/2019