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  1. 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
  2. So recently Xander Hawley has told us, that his brother Emir might want to take a chance at the VHL, or atleast the VHLM. Emir is Xander's twin and as Emir is doing quite well in his team right now Xander has told him, that he could very well be succeeding in the VHLM and/or the VHL. Emir has played 13 games this season in Quebec and scored 5 goals and added 12 assists to that for 17 points, but he hasn't always shined through that bright. Here are Emir's thoughts: Why do you think you should take a chance at the VHL? "I mean with Xander obviously already playing in the VHLM going for the VHL as his dream I would really want to be a part of it. When we were young we always had big dreams together and not just on our own, so recently he asked me if I wanted to take a chance and told me I am definitely good enough for it. I don't really know about it though " How well do you think you will do in the VHLM? "I mean I think I will probably do decently well. Maybe not a point-per-game like I am right now getting here in Quebec, but maybe atleast for an example, 30 points in 45 games or something along the line of that." And how about the VHL? How good will you do there? "Well, not as good as in the VHLM probably. Maybe 10-15 points in 35 games. I really don't think I will be a superstar, even though I would really want to be one. So yeah, not too well I guess" Will you be as good as Xander, what do you think? "Well, I've never really been as good as Xan, so I don't think so. He has always been alot better than I have, except when he got the mild concussion and was out for almost a year. That's when I really had developed more than he had, and I was better than him for a little bit." What line do you think you could play at the best? "I mean definitely I could play in the first line, as it really depends on the team. I could be a first line winger on a team and a depth winger on another. So yea, first line at best, but again, it really depends on the team I eventually go to" What do you think is the biggest reason for your success in your current league? "This question is though. There are alot of good things in our team, for an example our offense and goaltending are both really stacked, but I'd say the biggest reason for my success is my teammates in many ways. They can finish from my passes and I can do the same from their good passes. They are also really funny in the locker room and many respect and cheer me alot, so that is another key reason." So overall I think Emir will atleast have a chance in the VHLM, and if he plays good, the VHL. He himself thinks he can succeed on that level, which obviously is a good start if he wants to play in the league. Xander also has similar thoughts on Emir. More on that later maybe
  3. Name: Michael Johnson Age: 18 Position: G Height: 75 Inches Weight: 210 lbs. Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada Michael Johnson is a massive goalie from the big city of Vancouver, Canada. Michael is born to his father, James, and to his mother, Mary. Michael played high school hockey and was also apart of Burnaby Winter Club where he won many accolades as a young goaltender. Michael is an only child. Michael came from an incredibly athletic family with members of his family playing in different professional sports. Mary played ringette on a national level and represented Canada in the World Ringette Championships in the past. James played as a forward on his college hockey team, SFU Hockey (Simon Fraser University), in Division 1 NCAA. James is a full-time teacher and Mary is a lawyer. Uncles of Johnson have found themselves on professional soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams in the past. Early Childhood: Michael first laced up when he was 2 years old, skating on his local pond. He made friends with his long-time best friend, Luke. They both started playing together, Luke played RW and Michael played goalie. Michael’s father, James, was the coach of their local team. Luke and Michael climbed the ladder together and became the talk of the town. They were both the prodigies. At 10 years old, they both were playing U-14. They surprised everyone in the league by being league leaders in their respective positions. Luke was starting to get scouted by WHL teams. Michael on the other hand was not due to his size, they weren’t sure he would translate on that level. Teens: At age 13, Michael started to struggle academically since he was eating, breathing, and sleeping hockey. He looked upto Roberto Luongo and wanted to be just like him in the pros. He was dreaming of one day hearing, “GRRRREEEAAATTT SAAVEE JOOOHHHNSSSON” on the recording of one of his games. Michael just wanted to make his family proud. With that, he got obsessed with the idea of the VHL. At this point, James & Mary were starting to get worried since education was a major importance in the Johnson family. They wanted Michael to have a back up plan in life, incase hockey does not work out in any way. Around this time, Michael started to act out in school. He couldn’t believe his parents wouldn’t support his dreams. Meanwhile, Luke had accepted to join a WHL team in Seattle, his best friend was leaving him and he had no idea what to do. This created a dark period in the family. At age 16, Michael had been arrested numerous times for vandalism, battery and drug possession. WHL teams stopped watching him less and less and it definitely affected him as his game started to get worse and worse. James decided enough was enough and decided to air things out with Michael. They completely hashed it out and Michael wasn’t super happy about the outcome but started to understand his parents side of the picture. His Winter Club coach also had a sit down and explained that they’re making him the back-up goalie for the upcoming season. Michael was shattered but realized that this was his doing, no matter the circumstances to lead up to it. Michael worked hard in the gym the next morning, realizing his potential. He made a vow that very day to out train everyone he knows. He quit the drugs and focused his anger for when he was on the ice. This is when the tide turned for Michael, he took back his starting spot and put up a .921 SV% and 2.28 GAA with 5 shutouts. At age 17, he was shocked the league with an MVP performance. His stats included a .938 SV% and 2.18 GAA with a record breaking 9 shutouts. Michael’s resurgence was sending waves around the league. NCAA division 1 teams were sending scouts to try and tie him up in the college scene. Michael was seriously considering taking the college route to get a degree in accounting, since education was very important but this also kept his VHL dreams alive. That was until the VHLM team, the Halifax 21st came in with an offer of their own. At this point, Michael had a major decision to make. Does he continue to further his education by going through the college route or does he take the jump straight into the VHLM? Michael had plenty of conversations with his parents and with Luke, who was struggling on the Seattle Thunderbirds but had picked up the A. Luke had presented the idea that he could potentially become a franchise keeper if the 21st came straight for him, that there was a lot of belief in his ability to go straight to the VHLM. His parents had of course, believed that college was the way to go. Especially since he had offers from Michigan and Boston College, which are great colleges to go to. Michael had made a trip out to Boston College. He found the college campus incredible especially the campus lifestyle. He had a tour of the facilities he’d be using day in and day out and absolutely fell in love. He thought to himself, Cory Schneider and Thatcher Demko are great examples of goalies at the highest level and that he found some major motivation. Michael then made a trip out to Michigan and didn’t really find it too interesting. He was very intrigued by Boston College’s offer of a starting role which Michigan didn’t offer. Halifax was the last place to go, to see the type of life he could live. He met up with Thranduil and conducted his visit. Thranduil offered him a backup role at the 21st but had shown him these incredible facilities. He was amazed, but thought, backup? Thranduil had made it clear that his every intention was to nurture him into the star goalie he can become. This was what the other offers didn’t have, that direct vision from the GM himself. James and Mary were very impressed by the presentation that was given and gave their blessings to Michael. Michael has taken up this opportunity, and intends to shock the world. Now in his first season, he knows he has full faith from his staff and teammates and intends to build upon that.
  4. Hello VHL Community, I'm Nacho (Nacci25) and I'm a new rookie, a new guy in general to the VHL. I do a lot of graphic designing as a hobby and at the same time find myself wanting to do things for tpe on the go. I'll be for example at the store or a Tim Hortons waiting in line and want to check up on stats or looking to see if my tpe claim was approved. Yes I can just go to my web browsing app and go to the website but then I thought how convenient it would be to have an app to quickly and easily browse forums and my player profile. Have notifications pushed to my lock screen when my teams game stats are in or a reminder I have TPE to apply. is what I propose. The VHL app! I have a couple mock up concept art I made up. I'll post them attached to this post and as I continue to make more I will comment them here. I will take ALL FEEDBACK. Good or bad. constructive or positive! Let me know what you guys think. P.S I don't know how many people this will reach or who exactly it reaches but I hope it reaches many! *This is a mock-up of what could be the login page*
  5. Don't get your panties in a knot, not claiming this as anything
  6. ECN on VHL Portal #6 "Draft and beyond" As we have approached the time of playoff finals it is righteously the time to look at the upcoming VHLM draft from the team perspective and to see what each of the current (non-expansion teams) have to be aware of and to focus on for the future. As always, this is brought to you by Frostbeard Entertainment and I hope you will enjoy this. To add a bit of info - this is based on the fact that expansion draft is yet to happen and we are not sure how it is gonna change the look of the VHLM draft. First off - what teams are gonna have troubles? Halifax 21st (2 picks) - They are in the finals now, so I guess losing loads of picks for a chance to get that cup can be justified. It might be a problem next season, but we can all keep faith that they will be competitive and able to fight for a playoff spot even without much help from the draft. Minnesota Storm (2 picks) - Again, a team that is super competitive this season has given a lot to arm up and be in the place to win. As the team that has the best roster currently in VHLM, they might have the best chances to win. Trading away picks to gain an advantage over teams can help get that extra push. Las Vegas Aces (3 picks) - A team that was full of surprises early in the season and by some was thought to be one of the great offensive powers in VHLM dropped off fairly quickly and didn't even make past one team in VHLM playoffs. I guess we can say that their future will be based on whether they will gain enough talent from waivers early on and will those waivers actually grow. Summary - These teams will be in a rough spot next season and we might even see some of the selling all their assets mid-season just to get more picks for VHLM Season 67. Maybe more evaluation of other team strengths could help them in the future when it comes to arming up for playoffs? Secondly - what teams will do fine? Houston Bulls (4 picks) - They did lose some picks but in general Houston is in a position to save all their picks and gain few assets that could help them be a quality playoff team next season. Surely a question of ability to gain great talent in VHLM later drafts can be questioned as the earliest draft pick Bulls have is from Round 3. Yukon Rush (4 picks) - Yukon did very few changes to their roster from the start of the season as they believed in strengths of HHH, Morozov, Matthews and others. They did lose a pick for acquiring John Frostbeard but in general - they are in a good shape and could get a great prospect to replace with their first-round pick. Ottawa Lynx (5 picks) - Ottawa, unfortunately, had a very lack-lustre season as they didn't make playoffs and they probably should have tried to sell off as much as they can to gain at least some resources for an upcoming or later draft. Or maybe their GM is having a specific plan on how to make Ottawa great? Saskatoon Wild (6 picks) - Another team that didn't make playoffs but this time even with acquiring players and hoping for a chance to battle in the offseason, they were able to keep 6 picks for the upcoming draft. Their chances are good for being strong competitors as they have 3 first round picks in the upcoming draft. Summary - question for teams included in this group - is it worth it to try to sneak in the playoffs and then just fail against teams with superior rosters? Maybe give up some assets to gain picks and maybe someone who is low TPE this season, but might be an asset in the future? Thirdly - who should be great? Philadelphia Reapers (12 picks) - I don't think we can argue that what Philly has this past season can be called "historic" by that meaning historically bad season as GM decided to trade almost everyone away leaving some lone warriors in the team from the start - that allowed Philly to gain quite a few picks this and in the upcoming draft too. I believe they will be the ones who shall get the biggest hit from the 3 expansion teams joining VHLM as they will snag up highly valued picks that are there for Philly, but then again - They will still have 9 picks and the best situation from any of the teams that competed in S65. I guess - time will tell how Philly will do in the upcoming season. To summarise it all up - for some teams it will be a win now or bust situation, for some it was lose now and hope for the future success. As I have stated previously in my posts - there is not really a recipe for success in VHL or VHLM team management, it is more or less about 25% of strategic thinking, 25% or smart moves and 50% of luck. But that is all for now in another post from ECN on VHL Portal. As always - it was brought to you by FrostBeard entertainment. Have a great day everyone! Team GM's: @oilmandan @BladeMaiden @McWolf @Peace @Eudaldkp @Sonnet @Esso2264 @Josh.
  7. ECN on VHL Portal #4 "Surely overlooked" Just because S66 VHL draft in coming up doesn't mean that we here at ECN are gonna focus on that as there is plenty of interesting and important things to talk about around VHLM! So this week we will focus on something different - we will look at already drafted players that are tearing it up in VHLM and see who has the highest potential to be a dominant force in VHL and maybe win a Rookie of the Year award! So let's grab snacks, drinks and get comfy as we will focus on some of the greatest talents in VHLM! We have to point out that people on this list are not listed by their TPE or by points per se, nor this is a list of Top anything - this is our Chief Editor's list of who he thinks is being influential on teams success in VHLM this season. And now - let's get to it! 1# Orion Slade ( @BluObieZ ) Drafted in S65 VHL draft, 24th Overall It would be disrespectful to not mention one of the most offensively capable and influential players on League-leading Minnesota Storm. As a true playmaker on Minnesota's 1st line, he is proving to be instrumental in allowing the best line in VHLM to produce and be well over point-a-game for each member. His most impressive stat is +/- rating as Orion Slade is +42 this season. It puts him in Top 3 in VHLM this season in that category, only to be surpassed by 2 of his teammates. To add, it is not clear who is the real MVP on Minnesota this season - it could be either Shane Mars@Spade18 or Orion Slade and we have to agree that both of them would deserve that title. 2# Denver Wolfe ( @Goonie ) Drafted in S65 VHL draft, 9th Overall One of the best Two-way defenceman we have ever seen to come to play here in VHL/VHLM. It is a bold statement, but we all have to agree that leading a league in points for a defenceman and at the same time being in Top 10 in categories like Shots Blocked, Hits and +/- is a showing of a well-balanced player that should not have any problems of performing on the same level in VHL next season. We can only imagine how dominant next season Vancouver's defense is gonna be with Denver Wolfe. As this season Denver Wolfe is helping Minnesota to dominate VHLM, his future is his own hand and we all hope to see greatness from him in the upcoming seasons in VHL. 3# Anthony Matthews ( @Anthony Matthews ) Drafted in S65 VHL draft, 11th Overall One of the most exciting players in VHLM this season that has been overlooked because of the amazing season his teammate, S66 most probable 1# Overall draft-pick Hunter Hearst Helmsley ( @Beaviss )is putting up. This season Anthony Matthews is showing that he can be effective on the offensive and on the defensive end. Having the most blocked shots of any forward this season puts him on an elite list of the most prominent defensive forwards in VHLM and not only that - his high IQ and disciplined play allows him to have one of the lowest Penalty minutes in the league out of all high-scoring forwards. If he will be able to keep himself on the same level and be that dominant Two-way forward, he might be able to man any VHL teams second line center position with no problems at all. 4# Sven Hitz ( @JayF ) Drafted in S64 VHL draft, 22nd Overall This one is interesting - his skills are surely different from what you would expect from a dominant player in VHLM. He is leading all VHLM in Hits with 230 in 56 games played. That put's him over 4 hits per game - ECN crew would name him: "Most intimidating player in VHLM". His presence on the ice and ability to actively wear down opponents on ice just allows his teammates like Hunter Hearst Helmsley to be dominant offensively and not worry about getting hit as no one is having the strength to do so. There is a drawback - he hasn't contacted media in a while and many of us have been thinking if he has decided to leave media out of his playing career but even that might stunt his growth and not allow him to become a billboard star. 5# Basaraba Moose ( @Toasty ) Drafted in S64 VHL draft, 28th Overall Probably one of the most overlooked players in VHLM this season is Basaraba Moose - with a good balance of hits and blocked shots and high +/- rating he can clearly be considered and talked about in the conversation about the best defencemen in VHLM. His upside is surely his high defensive IQ and ability to handle the puck as well as any of the forwards in the league, I would go on a limb and compare him to someone like Brent Burns in NHL (Less known competitive league in North America). His skills have to be developed and he surely has to become a better skater and probably try to work on his passing, so that his skill set can be used to dominate VHL next season. Alrighty, folks, we have looked at this week's special edition of ECN on VHL portal where we talked about 5 overlooked players and their effectiveness in VHLM this season. Coming closer to the draft, ECN will publish an official 4 Round Mock draft that will feature upsides and downsides of each team and why it would be wise for them to choose certain players. But that will come in a bit of time - right now, thanks for reading this and we at ECN hope that you are truly enjoying our content. Till next time everybody! Brought to you by FrostBeard Entertainment
  8. The Halifax 21st have been the top seeded team in the VHLM almost all season long after starting out with a 2-2 record. Their GM decided to bolster their depth recently by trading away a few picks in exchange for some solid rental players. Here was the trade: Halifax receives: Edward Vigneault Jet Jaguar S66 PHI 3rd S66 PHI 6th Philadelphia receives: S66 HFX 1st S66 HFX 4th S67 HFX 1st Philadelphia currently sits in last place at 25 points so this trade makes a lot of sense for both teams. Halifax definitely could use all the depth they can get if they want to finally win their first founders cup in franchise history after losing in both finals appearances they’ve previously been in. Jet Jaguar - C/W 174 TPE @gorlab Jet has been one of the highest weekly TPE earners as of late with the last three weeks earning 20, 25, and 19 TPE. This guy will definitely hit 200 by the time playoffs roll around. He’s been playing second line center with Gaudette and Edvin on his wing. He has 27 points in 34 games played, so he’s not the top producer in the league but still has lots of room to grow before the end of the season. Edward Vigneault - D 99 TPE @Patpou22 Edward is fairly new to the VHLM as his first claim was only 3 weeks ago but has been a pretty active player in his short time here. He managed to accumulate 24 TPE last week alone and will continue to grow right through the playoffs. He’s currently sitting on second and third line defense making up about 40% of the ice time. He’s definitely not an offensive powerhouse as he only has 9 points this season but being 6’6 and 240LBs he definitely makes his presence known with his 43 hits and 34 blocked shots. Along with the two solid players for Halifax, they also received a S66 3rd and 6th round pick. This is good extra addition to add to hefty price tag and gives a small amount of value to retain after this season. Onto Philadelphia, with only 10 wins in 36 games played they are the definition of a selling team. As an expansion team in their first season they’ve struggled to put up wins night after night. Trading away two of their better players and adding two first round draft picks as well as a fourth will definitely help them grow their team for the future. Splitting the picks with S66 and S67 is a benefit and a curse. Having the two seasons ensures that you’re not putting all your eggs in one basket which is good if there is a weak draft class. The S66 pick is definitely going to be one of last of the first round but the S67 could possibly prove to be good value for the Reapers given Halifax could lose quite a bit of their roster to the VHL this off season. Overall it’s a good gamble to take on Blade’s part and is a fair trade on both sides. It’s yet to be determined who won this trade but as of right now it feels even given both teams filled needs and gave up things they don’t need at the moment.
  9. ECN on VHL Portal #3 Special Report on VHLM trades! Another week has passed and here we with next update from yours ECN, powered by FrostBeard Entertainment! So, what has happened in VHLM this week? Philadelphia Reapers have been selling everyone with last trade sending away Mat Tocco and Wendy Kandee Cain to Minnesota just a few hours ago. After contacting our analysts and trying to figure our BladeMaiden’s (GM of Philadelphia Reapers) mindset we came to three possible options why she decided to go and trade away players like – Mikko Aaltonen, John Frostbeard, Hans Gruber, Tyler Barabash Jr, Charlie Paddywagon and so on – we could name basically everyone on the Reapers squad from week ago. 1st reason for these trades could be GM’s interest in gaining future picks as to basically sack the first expansion season and then be truly dominant in the next 2/3 seasons, as with the picks gained by those trades could give Philly plethora of talent from future drafts. The 2nd reason could be just interest in providing players with a better chance of winning a cup. Knowing how dominant many teams in VHLM this season are, it might have been GM’s interest to give her players a chance to compete together with other teams and show everyone what they can do on a bigger stage. The increasing talent on other teams gives Philly not only a chance for a great pick in the upcoming draft but provides other teams, that were not considered to be contenders, a chance to get that cup. 3rd reason – a bit of both? Maybe Blade is truly a very deep strategist – with precise moves and understanding what the future could be, she can not only strengthen her relationship with her players by giving them an opportunity to fight for a cup but get enough back that would allow her to build next Dynasty here is VHLM? Could there be more trades coming and could we see another team do a complete sellout? That surely can prove to be an interesting step as many teams are already stacked with an enormous amount of talent like for example Minnesota Storm, who are already having 13 players over 100 TPE and 4 of those are already 200 and above! Well, our guess is as good as yours – sure give your opinion on these trades down below and smash that “Fire” button for more content like this by European Cable News. People mentioned in this post - @BladeMaiden @GRZ @Bushito @TheFlash @Matmenzinger @SlashACM @DMaximus
  10. Selected 37th overall, John Perdue is to begin his career as a part of the Saskatoon Wild. Take a look at Perdue's stats and strengths as the 65th VHLM season approaches: Name John Ryan Perdue Born November Eighteenth, Nineteen Ninety Eight Height Six Feet Weight One Hundred Seventy Five Pounds Hometown Buffalo, NY, USA Perdue entered the DEL (Germany's elite hockey league) at age 16 and began playing as a defensive winger for the Hamburg Ice Freezers, a now defunct team. He spent three years with the organization and accrued seventy nine goals, ninety seven assists, (one hundred seventy six total points) and a career plus/minus of +Sixty. The Ice Freezers made two playoff appearances while Perdue was on the team, but were never able to advance past the quarterfinals. In John's own words, here's a quick introduction to the kind of player he is: Pros about John Perdue Skating With my defensive training, My lateral movement and sprints are some of the best in the league. Period. I have plenty of time to improve, I am far from my peak performance. Puck handling Puck protection was a key skill I worked on during my time in Germany, and 85% of my goals were from the hash marks. It takes some serious dangling to get scoring chances in the slot the way that I do. Passing My teammates will always have a chance to touch the puck when I'm on the ice with them. There's a reason I have ninety seven assists, and that's due to my passing skills. Whether I'm at the blue line or I am taking the puck from the crease, I'll be able to hit my open teammate's stick. Cons Strength I can hardly do a pull up, it's pretty embarrassing. I don't rely on my body as often as other defensive forwards because I have the forecheck and puck handling skills that can make up for it. However, I know that in a league like the VHL players need to be ready to use their body so I'm going to have to start working on my overall strength if I ever want to make a name of myself. Faceoffs I can take a puck from a player rushing in the neutral zone, but for some reason, I can't seem to nail the faceoff zone. That is going to take some practice, but luckily The Wild has a solid center core where that isn't my first priority as a winger. Shooting As I mentioned in my puck handling attribute, my goals normally come from right in front of the net. It's tough for me to hit the net from the blue line or any sort of angle other than the slot, let alone get enough power to shoot a one timer correctly. My natural talent of puck carrying has helped me score, but I can't rely on that anymore now that I'm on the Wild. Perdue is a promising prospect in this league with his defensively conscious attitude for the sport. With the potential to be a key component in both the scoring or defensive departments for the Saskatoon Wild, it is up to John to prove everyone that he was a fifth round steal in the VHLM.
  11. The Humble Origins of a Great Name: John Perdue Position: Left Wing Born: Buffalo, New York Age: 20 Years Old Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 lbs Shoots: Left On the Pond Born during the harsh winter of Buffalo, New York, John Perdue became acquainted with the ice quicker than most kids. This created a relationship to the sport of hockey for John. One of the first things John saved up for was a pair of decent hockey skates so that he could play at the local pond with the other kids. By the time he was 5, he was skating every weekend at the Lackawanna pond just outside of Buffalo with a group of kids that he considered to be his ‘team.’ John always cared more about being a team player than being a solo star. John and his pond hockey team started practicing plays, train each other, and focused more on the practical aspect of the game. This benefitted John as he took the sport of hockey seriously at such an early age. At age 8, Perdue, a self-taught athlete, decided to look into junior hockey leagues he could possibly be a part of to begin properly learning the sport, which made his parents realize that hockey was more than just a hobby to John. Rink Life It was his career in junior hockey leagues where John got the nickname of “Johnny Hockey.” His coach immediately noticed John’s passion for the game during his first season with the Buffalo Junior Blades. He taught John not only how to play a conscious left-wing role in all contexts, but he also advised him how to be a prevalent leader in the locker room. Back in his time, his coach was a Defenseman for the Toronto Legion, which intrigued John greatly. It was Perdue’s idea to bring the team to a Legion game as a team bonding trip, where that would be his first exposure to the VHL. When John saw Evan Lawson take to the ice, he knew what kind of player he wanted to be. He was blown away by the sheer athleticism and exciting atmosphere of the game, he knew he had to be a part of this league. Some way, somehow. On Stage John began to also show interest in music at age 10 - the drums, more specifically. John felt like he needed other interests to separate himself from the pressures of school and hockey, so he took on the drums and began teaching himself songs that he had downloaded on his MP3 player. His father was an avid guitarist and was very encouraging of his drumming because he knew talent when he saw it. “If John was not looking to be a VHL player, he’d be a drummer,” said his father. “I am so proud of him and what he’s accomplished in both aspects, hockey and music.” John, a natural team player, wanted to find a band to play for during his offseason downtime. With his musical influences drawing from alternative rock, he formed the punk rock band “Previous Love” with friends from school, where they tour together around North America every summer when John isn’t playing hockey. Teenage Years John continued moving up age divisions within the Junior Blades organization throughout middle school and high school. Perdue’s middle school and high school were relatively large, where he hung around with his teammates and other kids that were hockey fanatics. John was a conscientious worker when it came to school, he knew hockey scouts would look at his grades so he always took it seriously and made it apparent to his teachers that he had big plans after he graduated. Every Friday, it was tradition for students that played for the Junior Blades to wear hockey jerseys to show team spirit - sometimes they had to wear team jerseys to show they had a game that night, otherwise they could wear any jersey they wanted. John saw those Fridays as opportunities to wear his Toronto Legion jersey and support his favorite player, none other than Evan Lawson. John faced a difficult decision during his freshman year of high school by his hockey coach, parents and school principal. They both advised he worked towards early graduation in order to begin his hockey career as soon as possible. John thought it would be a good idea, but socially he was worried that his teammates would be upset with him. Much to his disbelief, they showed nothing but support for him. They agreed that he had something special and he shouldn’t waste any time working towards what will eventually be his career. So, John began taking night classes and attended summer school in order to graduate two years early at the age of 16. This meant that he began taking offers from prospects and considering possible teams to play for at a developmental level. His mom advised him to consider more than just North American teams, as she was encouraging him to play somewhere abroad for some experience with other cultures. His mom was so happy to see that he had an opportunity to see the world with his career, and she wanted only the best for him. John understood that his mother knew best, so he decided to take a convincing offer from the Hamburg Ice Freezers, which was a team in the DEL, an elite league from Germany, where he had the benefits of housing and a full-ride scholarship to attend the joint-university with the hockey club. It was difficult to leave his family and friends behind, but he knew it was the best choice for him to become a VHL’er. Life as a Freezer Perdue began playing as a defensive left winger for the Hamburg Ice Freezers and immediately found his place with the teams. There was a bit of a language barrier, but after a few nights out on the town, John began to become very accustomed to the culture of Germany and formed some amazing bonds with his squad. He spent three years with the organization and accrued seventy nine goals, ninety seven assists, (one hundred seventy six total points) and a career plus/minus of +Sixty. He was even able to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Psychology from the joint-university! These numbers were nothing for John to scoff at, as they were right on track with his progress from the Junior Blades. The Ice Freezers made two playoff appearances while Perdue was on the team, but were never able to advance past the quarterfinals. However, John never measured his success by counting his trophies. He benefited greatly from his experiences in the league and he couldn’t have been more thankful for his time in the Hamburg organization. As his third and final season with the Ice Freezers came to a close, Perdue began to seriously consider offers from VHLM teams around the league. He was so excited about the possibility to come back to North America and he wanted to make sure he made the right impressions with the right teams before the VHLM Dispersal Draft. A Wild Draft In a Germany airport, John was on his laptop ready to book any flight back to North America to join whichever team drafted him at the 65th VHLM Dispersal Draft. Eventually, John was selected 37th overall by the Saskatoon Wild, a team that can guarantee him a bright future and healthy development into a player for the VHL. He called his family, friends, band, teammates, and hockey coach to tell them the news and they all said the same thing: “We knew you would make it!” John hopped on the first train to Saskatoon and by the next morning, he joined his new teammates for an open skate and was already acting as a morale boost in the locker room with his positive outlook and attitude. With the 65th season approaching, John is preparing with his team to take over this league and go up against anyone standing in their way.
  12. HOUSTON--We have a problem. Or at least Beau Buefordsson does. The city of Houston pulled countless strings to bring out the best for the Bulls, one of the VHLM's two new expansion teams. Just short of $700 million was spent on a state-of-the-art arena, connected to a multipurpose facility housing everything from a shopping mall to the Bulls' practice rinks. And yet, just a few days after the ribbon was cut on the practice facility and team activities began, the doors were closed, citizens hoping to catch a glimpse of the Bulls' practice were turned away, and there was ribbon up again, this time of the yellow "DO NOT CROSS" variety. And after a day and a half of speculation, the answer has finally been released to the media. "When Buefordsson walked into the room," said a member of the team who did not wish for his name to be printed, "I almost threw up." Furthermore, according to this player, "[w]e couldn't even get the smell out after he left. We've just hired a private contractor to replace all the carpeting in the locker room and we also plan on getting the entire thing fumigated. I don't even know how something like this is humanly possible." For Buefordsson, as well, things got ugly. "[Houston GM] Alexander [Pepper] chased him out of the building with a sponge and a gallon of bleach. I don't know what happened after that and I'm not sure I want to," said the player. Buefordsson has reportedly been ordered to pay for the professional deodorizing of the facility, as well as for an entire year's supply of air fresheners and cleaning equipment. When contacted by the media, both Pepper and Buefordsson declined to comment.
  13. Howdy Partner. Welcome to the 65th season of the VHLM. It's a new frontier in the minor leagues with two brand new expansion teams and an exciting, unpredictable dispersal draft behind us. Some teams are rebuilding, some are trying to stay on top of the scoring sheet. There were some great steals and jumps in the draft that are up in the air and may make or break a team, so the rest of this offseason should be interesting. I don't think the big moves are over just yet - from what it seemed, some GM's may still have some tricks up their sleeves. Expansion teams, I'm talking to you. The Houston Bulls had not been on my radar until last night's draft, but the smart moves and enthusiasm coming from its GM makes me believe that they will be a team that cannot be messed with this season. However, while the Bulls picked up future stars Maximilian Kirbsson and Kari Jurri, the Philadelphia Reapers were able to acquire Elasmobranch Fish, an insanely talented prospect. These players are high-value VHLMers that can be the face of a franchise. Other teams may have some very interesting offers for these prospects, so keep your eyes and ears open, boys. - John Perdue
  14. There is a great deal of excitement going on in the VHLM at the moment with talks of the expansion draft happening in a mere couple of hours. Not one, but two new teams will tear up the ice this upcoming season alongside Yukon Rush, Ottawa Lynx, Halifax 21st, Las Vegas Acres, Oslo Storm, and the Saskatoon Wild. Hailing from two hockey-rich parts of North America, here is a brief introduction on one of these future organizations. Philadelphia Reapers GM: @BladeMaiden As a new member of the VHL community and upon observing the preexisting teams, I was very surprised to not see a team already representing this city. Sports are a centerpiece in Philly’s culture, and they always have been so it is good to see the city of brotherly love being represented in the 65th season of Victory Hockey League Minors. Top Expansion Steals for the Reapers Franchise Expansion teams should never be underestimated. While there is a lot of ground to be made up when beginning a new franchise, there is also a great deal of motivation, momentum, and passion behind the players and owners of the organization, effectively covering the ground to be made up and doing so quickly. The Reapers have the chance to do something special with the amount of talent exploding in this league, but the organization should definitely not rely on only goal-scorers. Here is a quick look into a handful of VHLM players that may not be regarded as elite players, but their depth in their current teams proves their potential to become franchise staples in Philadelphia. Dave John O'Quinn Team: Saskatoon Wild Defenseman 6 feet, 3 inches, 207 pounds, 33 years old Origin: Canada Saskatoon had a tough last season, and that means O’Quinn will definitely be looking for a winning team to lift up his spirits. With his older age and impressive stats in such a short time with the Wild, he has the potential to develop in Philadelphia to become a “Leader of the Reapers.” 2. Joe Nixon Team: FA Goalie 6 feet, 3 inches, 150 pounds, 19 years old Origin: United States of America Vegas had a great goaltending situation last season, it’d be impossible to protect both of their stars Joe Nixon and Kevin Weekes. Both tenders are free agents this offseason and they are bound to be picked up for some big contracts. Philly needs some long term security in front of the net, and Nixon would fill that role perfectly before his eventual draft selection to join the VHL. 3. Dimitri Volosenkov Team: Ottawa Lynx Left Wing 6 feet, 0 inches, 190 pounds, 21 years old Origin: Russia The Ottawa may have to let go of this promising Russian prospect with their current contract situation. If this is the case, then Philadelphia should not be apprehensive about making this pick. Though he doesn’t have a lot of games under his belt, he is a great skater and shows promise in his shooting ability, and he has the physical strength to back up his offensive abilities. These players should definitely be on the radar for the Reapers if they aren’t already. There’s a great deal to be excited about in this increasingly popular league, and as a new player, I’ll be interested in the activity from the Reapers. More on the second expansion team, the Houston Bulls, after the expansion draft.
  15. Reapers Hire An AGM, This Announcement Will Hit You Like BOOM! The Philadelphia Reapers are happy to be able to announce the addition of @BOOM™ to our new organization. Boom is the embodiment of what this team stands for. As a man with a reputation that precedes him, the original creator of the Broom shack aka the Boom Shack, he fits in with the fun party atmosphere Phili is trying to create. We may not always be the best, but we intend on having a lot of fun. For all the potential draftees and free agents who read this know that if the Reapers take you, know you are going to a fun team that will support you in your VHLM career and help you to prepare for your time in the bigs. So with this message I welcome my partner in crime and fellow Death Dealer to the Reapers, Boom you are the perfect choice and i know we will have a lot of fun. To everyone else know we both look forward to welcoming all our future lill’ Death Dealers to the team. Party on Reaper Nation!! -BladeMaiden
  16. The Reapers are really starting to shape up and show the league their public image. Reapers GM BladeMaiden has been very vocal about her plans to make the Philadelphia Reapers the party team of the VHLM. If her constant insisting that this will be a thing wasn`t enough to prove her intentions, a decision by the rookie GM in the late evening confirms her impulsive and free form management style. If you weren’t there let this journalist fill you in on the juicy details. In a very casual general chat the league elite were talking about the upcoming expansion and the talk quickly turned to GMs and who would be the logical choice for the next GM slots if they should become available. Names like @Beketov were dropped, with commissioners mentioning that he should have been considered for @Victor's position in Moscow. If that was enough action for you, then get ready because Reapers management BladeMaiden made this statement as her hiring announcement; “The Philadelphia Reapers are happy to be able to announce the addition of @BOOM™to our new organization. Boom is the embodiment of what this team stands for. As a man with a reputation that precedes him, the original creator of the Broom shack aka the Boom Shack, he fits in with the fun party atmosphere Phili is trying to create. We may not always be the best, but we intend on having a lot of fun. For all the potential draftees and free agents who read this know that if the Reapers take you, know you are going to a fun team that will support you in your VHLM career and help you to prepare for your time in the bigs. So with this message I welcome my partner in crime and fellow Death Dealer to the Reapers, Boom you are the perfect choice and i know we will have a lot of fun. To everyone else know we both look forward to welcoming all our future lill’ Death Dealers to the team. Party on Reaper Nation!!-BladeMaiden
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  18. Let’s Get to Know Joe! VSN Interview- Nixon Showing Us All He Is A Goalie Worth Betting On. Weighing in at 150 pounds, the 6’3, 18-year-old goaltender for the Las Vegas Aces is beginning to make his mark on the VHLM. Joe Nixon @Bonzaijoea young and enthusiastic goaltender is just the spice the VHLM cooking pot needed. When Nixon stepped into the VSN studio to do this interview he was all smiles, the kid literally has a gin that go from ear to ear. Nixon was offered all kinds of specialty beverage, but it didn’t go unnoticed by our staff that all he accepted was a regular cup of joe, it is like he wanted us to make the pun! The interview started off on a light note with an inquiry as to what is the locker room atmosphere is like in Vegas. Nixon’s face lit up with excitement as he answered, “It's unbelievable. We're a winning team with a winning culture in a winning city. Everyone here is great, the team is performing well, everyone on the squad is gelling together and getting along. It's a crazy cool atmosphere that can only be experienced. Everyone is getting along and it's showing in our Win Loss record. We're a good team with good potential and everyone in that room knows it.” It is obvious that Vegas is doing well this season and that you have a strong team Kevin Weekes @Lefty has done a lot of the heavy lifting as the starting goaltender thus far rumor on the streets is that you, Joe Nixon, are going to be the starting goalie for Vegas. I then asked if he could expand on those rumors. “I'm crazy blessed to have a coach and GM who believe in me. I've worked extremely hard and I plan on getting all the experience I can before going to the VHL. No disrespect to Kevin. He's an insane goaltender putting up huge numbers, but the staff believes in me and that's just crazy to me. It's a great feeling for me and I'm hoping to do the best I can on that ice night in and night out to help my team win. I've been working hard and I don't know if I really belong in the starter spot just yet with how Kevin has been playing but I really appreciate what the staff has been expressing to me.” I respond by telling Joe that he is obviously a talented goalie and that if Vegas Management is saying he deserves his shot then there is no doubt about it because Vegas has a long history of knowing what goalies preform well and getting them to Vegas one way or another. This next question brings us from looking at where you currently are to look ahead, towards the future. I asked Nixon about what he thinks of the lack of Goalie spots in the VHL. “It's a challenge, for sure, but I'm welcoming it. With rumors of expansions, maybe it'll open up a little? Or maybe I'm just optimistic. I've been reached out to by my Aces GM asking if I'd like to stay under the cap to retain VHLM eligibility for next season due to the lack of spots and that's exactly what I plan on doing. This Vegas squad is great and I love this team with all my heart. If I can stay another year to wait for a goalie spot in the VHL to open up for me, I gladly will without a doubt. I'll work my way up eventually but for now I just gotta ride the VHLM wave. I'm here to stay, Vegas.” Next on the list was seeing who Nixon’s Favorite VHL Goalies are. Nixon had a interesting two prong answer to this question. “Kriketers @hedgehog337was amazing in last season's finals. He's an amazing goalie and I look up to his numbers and his ability greatly when conducting myself as a goalie. He's my favorite goalie in terms of play style. In terms of character, I'd love to be friends with Stoffiday @Stoffiday. Have you heard that man's podcast? It sounds like he'd invite you in and feed you dinner with southern hospitality. What a guy.” It is unsurprising that Stoffiday’s southern charm would appeal to this like minded good-natured goalie. With some time and development, it is a real possibility that Nixon could be joining these elite goaltenders and battling it out with the best of them in the VHL one day soon. As there has been a lot of talk about rivalries this season I thought I would ask Joe a question on the topic. Especially because of all the back and forth going on in the VHLM. Nixon was able to answer the question easily. “Ottawa for sure is my main rival when looking at this season. Those games have been damn good and each one of them have been relatively heated. The players are into it, the staff is into it, and everyone knows it. These two teams just wanna win over the other and it shows when we're on the ice” You can see the passion in his eyes when Nixon talks about wanting to win, you can really see the net-minder’s drive is hardwired into his system, there is no doubt why Jubo @Jubo07 has decided to make him the main goalie for Vegas, who could deny this kids potential? Speaking of Jubo, the next interview question asked Nixon what he thought of his GM In Las Vegas. Nixon responded with out any hesitation and exuberantly stated, “He's great. It's so cool, as I said earlier, that he's put all this belief and trust into me as a young player. He's put together and amazing Vegas squad who are getting along so well, it's really really hard to criticize his moves and signings this season, because it's pretty much all worked. He's a personable dude and working with him has been outstanding.” At this point I informed Joe that this would be the last formal question I would be asking him today. Joe almost seemed disappointed when I told him that, he seemed to really be enjoying the interview process. I then followed up by asking my question about who Nixon considered to be his “Best Bro” in the league. Nixon again answered the question cheerfully and with lightning speed, might have even been as quick as famous glove saves on the ice. “Kevin Weekes without a doubt. He's a great goaltender putting up huge numbers, he's a great guy, a cool dude to hang out with and train with, and taking his starting job sometimes hurts a little but he knows I've been putting in work and is proud of me and I couldn't ask any more from a bro like that. Super cool dude, definitely my top bro.” It was at this point when I asked Nixon if he would be willing to answer some fun questions for the fans. He responded with another ear to ear smile and stated “I can’t wait” For the Fans! Favorite Colour: Green! Player # 17 Do you do anything for good luck before a game? Always! I have super strict rituals that I never mess up. I have the same spot on the bench, I put all my pads on the exact same way, and get there the exact same time. Since day 1! Do you have pets? A Husky named Snowball! Love him to death! Best Post games Tweet you ever made? "He'll stop those shots any week " After a Weekes shutout hahaha What do you do for fun outside hockey? Bowling! Call me Mookie Betts I guess because if I wasn't here I might be in the PBA. Bowling has always been my second sport and I've never stopped loving it just as much as hockey. (1298)
  19. VHLM: Scoped Jan 6 - Jan 13 Games 43 - 91 Nyko's Message Week two of the VHLM! This week has seen some changes in the standings and rosters. Not going to make this message very long because I'll go into more detail within the segments, but the overall format will be staying the same, except for one addition, and once again if you got any ideas to improve this series let me know PS: The Trades as of Jan 14th will be on the next segment cause I'm lazy. But the trades that happened on Jan 14th are included as part of the power rankings. Trade Center This week was an active week of trades, with lots of players and picks exchanging hands. Even a bit of a controversy (if you can call it that) happened this week. With the trade deadlines looming in the distance trading will certainly pick up as teams realize what they need for the playoffs, and what they can lose to make it happen. As with last times segment I'll go over each of the trades, and give my opinion on who I think won the deal. LVA/SSK Las Vegas receives: Curtis Gary S65 SSK 3rd S66 SSK 4th Saskatoon receives: Cal Davidson S65 LVA 1st S66 LVA 2nd This trade is interesting, seeing a player and 2 picks swapped between each team. This season Cal Davidson has 4 goals and an assist for 5 points on the season, a huge improvement over his 0 last one. He is an inactive though who last updated in November, so he may not be coming back anytime soon. Curtis Gary on the other hand is an over point per game player, with 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points this season. With Saskatoon 5th in the standings it looks like they will be selling, and they received the 1st and 2nd for a rebuild, while Vegas paid for a rental who can help them win the cup. Personally I think Saskatoon won this trade. HFX/SSK Halifax receives: Anton Edvin S65 SSK 7th Saskatoon receives: S65 HFX 5th S66 HFX 2nd Saskatoon once again selling a player and a pick for more picks for a rebuild. Edvin has 37 points in 24 games this season, with the majority being goals. Saskatoon received a later round pick and then a 2nd next season. Halifax acquired Edvin too boost themselves this season and compete with Vegas for top place in the standings, and during the playoffs. Bana (I think) didn't notice the trade when it happened though, and unfortunately Edvin wasn't on HFX for 2 sims or so, but I think its all good now, so we'll see how this trade plays out over the next week. I think Halifax won this trade, as they didn't give up too much for a quality player. SSK/OSL Saskatoon receives: Finn Schaefer S65 OSL 4th S66 OSL 4th Oslo receives: Burnt Toast S65 SSK 6th Saskatoon once again making moves, this time with Oslo though. Oslo is acquiring VHLM star defensemen Burnt Toast, who at 74 tpe is point per game this season, and has been his past two.(shows how a build can affect points, and not just tpe) Toast has 34 points, with 29 of them being assists this season. Saskatoon in exchange receives two fourths and Finn Schaefer, a 30 tpe inactive who has 5 points this season. This season's favourites Oslo had to change up some stuff as they are in fourth, and by acquiring a point per game defensemen this may help boost themselves in the standings. I Think Saskatoon won this trade, as those 4th's can definitely turn into something good with some good scouting. Milestones Milestones are recognized throughout sports, when a rookie scores his first goal he keeps the puck. Players are celebrated when they hit 100 goals, 1,000 games, 50 shutouts. Just like's milestone watch, I'm going to be do something similar, where I take the players and show how close they are to hitting a special VHLM milestone. Points 1. @Eparker24 4 from 100 2. Finn Schaefer just hit 100 3. @Thranduil John Madden 3 from 100 Goals 1. @DilIsPickle 9 from 50 2. Nikita Flipachyev 6 from 100 3. @NathanN just hit 50 Assists 1. @Eparker24 26 from 100 2. Smitty Werbenmanjagerjensen 16 from 50 3. Nathan MacKinnon 20 from 150 Wins/Shutouts Coming Later (Can't access goalie stats) Games of the Week The VHLM is full of many interesting, exciting, and just plain out weird games. Some games are blowouts, some are high scoring, and some games are very tight. This part of the segment will highlight the 3 games which I think were the best games during the whole week. If you disagree with me, post your top 3 games in the comment section. Game 46 SSK vs LVA This game was pure show of offensive power from Vegas. With a final score 8-1 there was no stopping Vegas here. Vegas bursted out in the first period, scoring 5 goals, with 2 coming from Nathan N and another two from Orion Slade. Burnt Toast did open the game though with Saskatoon's lone goal of the game. In the second Chance Matthews notched his 6th of the season. Finally in the 3rd Vegas added an extra two goals, and kept Sask to 0 shots that period. Game 55 OTT vs SSK Saskatoon once gets blownout again (I'm starting to see a pattern here) but this time by the Lynx. The Lynx are currently one place above the Wild in the standings, but after this game it looks like they should be way above Sask (limits of the VHLM I guess). Ottawa, like Vegas burst out in the first period, lighting the lamp 5 times on goaltender Justin Cole (poor guy). Draper struck first 2 mins 38 seconds into the period, and opened the floodgates, with Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen (holy crap that's long --- that's what she said) scoring 4 minutes later, and Kyson Blake scoring 16 seconds after Smitty. Shawn Mendes potted his third of the season, and Kyson Blake got his second of the game after Mendes. 38 seconds into the second Mendes also notched his second of the night, and Justin Cole was pulled out of the game. The rest of the period was silent, and 4 mins into the 3rd Stropko Jr. scored the game winner. JB Rift grabbed a shutout, and Mendes and Gritty both had 4 point nights Game 91 LVA vs OTT This game, while not a blowout like the others, was still a close and hard fought hockey game by two rival teams. In the first period Eric Parker striked 48 seconds in, but then the rest of the period was a snooze. Period two was where the action was at though. 6:31 into the period McDavid put LVA up 2-0. But Ottawa fought back and after 3 goals in 5 minutes (all on the powerplay) they were up 3-2. The 3rd periopd was where Vegas was able to tie it up off of a goal by Mitch Matthews. After the final buzzer this game was going to overtime. After a boring overtime with no goals intense overtime this one was going to a shootout. Gary - Stopped Blake - Stopped Baillie - Stopped Allman - Miss Materazo - Goal! All on Katie Warren now, she goes in. Makes a move.... and loses the puck. @ShawnGlade retire her. ^ Actual footage from Katie Warren's shootout attempt Players of the Week 1. Justin Cole Justin Cole had an insane week full of ups and downs. Often he would be stopping upwards of 40 shots a night, while his defense let him down, but after a stunning last 2 performances I had to give him this star. Game 100 vs the Ottawa Lynx - a team that had just blown Sask out that week. Cole stopped 39 shots to allow Saskatoon to get a 3-0 win. The next game on the same night he stopped 32 shots from the Oslo Storm, a team that has offensive powers Diljodh Starload and Carles Puigdemont. 2. Dan Baillie This week HC Davos Dynamo prospect Dan Baillie was able to put himself up ontop of the points chart. He gained 37 points this week, but also excelled on the defensive side, improving his +/- to a league leading +27. 3. Bolt Vanderhuge Vanderhuge is the leading defensemen in points this year, but is also top 3 in hits, and top 3 in points league wide. The defensemen improved on his points this week by adding an additional 25 points, with 9 of them being goals. The Riga Prospect has been one of the reasons why Halifax is one of the top teams in the league right now, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Power Rankings Last Week 1. Halifax 2. Vegas 3. Ottawa 4. Saskatoon 5. Oslo 6. Yukon This Week 1. Las Vegas Aces +1 2. Ottawa Lynx +1 3. Halifax 21st -2 4. Saskatoon Wild 5. Oslo Storm 6. Yukon Rush Standings 1. Las Vegas Aces +1 2. Halifax 21st -1 3. Ottawa Lynx 4. Oslo Storm 5. Saskatoon Wild 6. Yukon Rush 1542 words, claiming 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
  20. Hey! My name is Dil and today I will be starting one of my new 2 series. I will be doing both a mock draft and Memedex bi weekly. In the mock draft I will obviously be ranking my picks for the upcoming VHL draft. The memedex will be a massive shitpost full of VHL related memes created by both me and other users in the VHL. Here is the first mock draft: Mock Draft 1. Carles Puigdemont C | 6'3" | 220 lb. | Age: 18 | TPE: 215 @Eudaldkp Still quite early but It is pretty obvious who the two candidates for 1st overall are. Carles is definitely one of them. Already at 215 tpe, this kid can do a lot of things. This season in the minors he has been tearing it up. 37 points in 26 games, is quite a record for this young player. He is playing on a stacked Oslo team who has been struggling lately but his stats don't show it. He was drafted 1st Overall in the VHLM dispersal draft for a reason. He is already at 80 passing and 80 scoring at the cap and will be banking tons of tpe before he reaches the bigs where he will make a massive splash. 2. Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen D | 6'3" | 220lb. | Age: 25 | TPE: 180 @flyersfan1453 Smitty is the second candidate who I stated earlier could go 1st overall. I have him at 2nd for now since I think Carles is still a better pick at this point. Smitty has had quite the year so far as he has put up 31 points in 26 games as a defenceman. He still has 20 tpe left to allocate before he hits the cap and if done wisely he will become an even better player. Both Carles and Smitty have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and are the two top players in the draft. 3. Dallas Jones D | 6'4" | 205 lb. | Age: 16 | TPE: 153 @Trifecta Dallas Jones goes at third overall at this point. Another big D-Man expected to go in the top 3. Dallas has allocated his tpe almost evenly in most of his categories and become a well rounded defenceman. Currently playing for the Oslo Storm, he has put up 15 points in 26 games. He has an good +/- of 15. He is defensively responsible and can also help out on both the powerplay and penalty kill as he has for Oslo this season. I think he can be a safe bet for third overall. 4. Brady Stropko Jr. D | 6'3" | 225 lb. | Age: 19 | TPE: 140 @Bushito Brady Stropko Jr. has some big shoes to fill due to coming after Norris Stopko and Jasper Canmore. This draft seems to have a lot of great defensive prospects because here is another one. Not only is this kid huge and good defensively, he has 80 scoring already so you can expect him to rip a puck. He has put up 17 points in 21 games with a +/- of 12. Currently I have him at fourth but I am expecting him to rocket up the rankings in the near future. 5. Gritty C | 6'3" | 197 lb. | Age: 19 | TPE: 144 @eaglesfan036 This orange creature is a pretty good player. 31 points in 26 games with a +/- of 10. Another stud from Ottawa who can put up points. Gritty has a pretty good shot, decent defensively, and a good puck handler. He doesn't excel in a certain category but is a really well rounded player. 6. Viktor Kozlov C | 6'8" | 220 lb. | Age: 19 | HALIFAX TPE: 115 @Kuch9 Oh my god. There are some huge people in this draft but this kid is MASSIVE. This absolute GOON can still put up points. 23 points and a +/- in 26 games. He is pretty fast and really tough. He is absolutely horrible offensively but I have no clue how he puts up the numbers he has. Currently have him at 6th but could go up or down later in the season. 7. Joe Nixon G | 6'3" | 150 lb. | Age: 19 | TPE: 144 @Bonzaijoe This kid is playing under the show of Kevin Weekes. Kevin is an amazing goaltender putting up AMAZING stats so its tough for this kid to get playing time. He has played only 5 games this season and lost 3 of them. SV% of 0.841 and a GAA of 2.80. Nothing special but he has a ton of potential. If given the opportunity to play games I think this kid could become something special but unfortunately he isn't getting that opportunity in Vegas. Other than that it is also a pretty tough league for goalies so he might drop even lower depending on how the need for goalies grows since there is rumours of expansion. 8. Orion Slade C | 6'8" | 225 lb. | Age: 18 | TPE: 102 @BluObieZ Orion is a pretty good player already. At only 102 tpe he has 23 points in 26 games. He has a pretty good shot and a is a pretty good passer. He can carry the puck well too. He is a well rounded player. You can't go wrong picking this kid anywhere in the late 1st round but early on I think we have him at 8th. That concluded the mock draft. The next one will be out 2 weeks from now. Until then look forward to other VSN articles and podcasts coming your way.
  21. It's a sad time, as due to a sever injury during my vacation to the Swiss Alps during the Off-Season, I (Andrew Taylor) have decided to retire from the VHLM at the age of 16. Let's be honest here. I hated playing on the Aces. I barely got any ice time. I'm slowly transitioning over to eSports, so come check out my ToonTown Tournament streams!! (The streaming thing is obviously a joke. Who even likes ToonTown anyways) @VHLM GM @VHLM Mag