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Found an old MS where I list cup-winning goals from S1 to S32. Updated it and here it is. Pretty cool tidbit considering you can't access the first 17 anymore.


S1: Markus Lidstrom (VAS)

(15:18 of 1st period, Game 6, Vasteras wins 3-0) PP

S2: Edward Eldred (CGY)

(17:09 of 3rd period, Game 4, Calgary wins 4-2) PP

S3: Scott Boulet (CGY)

(2:27 of 3rd period, Game 7, Calgary wins 3-1) SH

S4: Anders Heissman (SEA)

(6:58 of 3rd period, Game 5, Seattle wins 2-1) PP

S5: Patrice Reynaud (SEA)

(14:43 of 1st period, Game 5, Seattle wins 6-2) PP

S6: Branden Snelheid (HSK)

(18:51 of 1st period, Game 5, Helsinki wins 7-2) PP

S7: Josh Vestiquan (AVN)

(17:32 of 2nd period, Game 6, Avangard wins 6-4)

S8: Giddy McFly (CGY)

(8:46 of 2nd period, Game 6, Calgary wins 4-2)

S9: Jochen Walser (TOR)

(2:40 of overtime, Game 7, Toronto wins 4-3) PP *

S10: Zak Rawlyk (RIG)

(7:49 of overtime, Game 7, Riga wins 3-2) *

S11: Jonathan Matthias (DAV)

(15:57 of 3rd period, Game 6, Davos wins 2-1)

S12: Josh Vestiquan (SEA)

(0:25 of overtime, Game 7, Seattle wins 4-3) PP *

S13: Jonathan Matthias (DAV)

(11:13 of 3rd period, Game 7, Davos wins 4-3)

S14: Zak Rawlyk (NYA)

(1:26 of 3rd period, Game 6, New York wins 2-1) PP

S15: Matt Bailey (HSK)

(3:11 of overtime, Game 6, Helsinki wins 3-2) *

S16: Jeff McCarthy (RIG)

(10:59 of 1st period, Game 7, Riga wins 3-1) PP

S17: Grimm Jonsson (SEA)

(6:23 of 2nd period, Game 4, Seattle wins 2-1)

S18: Mikka Virkkunen (CGY)

(2:14 of overtime, Game 6, Calgary wins 3-2) *

S19: Matt Bailey (CGY)

(5:00 of 3rd period, Game 4, Calgary wins 4-2) PP

S20: Anton Brekker (DAV)

(14:28 of 3rd period, Game 7, Davos wins 3-2) PP

S21: Lars Berger (TOR)

(5:52 of 3rd overtime, Game 5, Toronto wins 4-3) PP ***

S22: Syd Drayson (HSK)

(2:23 of overtime, Game 6, Helsinki wins 4-3) *

S23: Jardy Bunclewirth (CGY)

(17:17 of 1st period, Game 7, Calgary wins 3-0)

S24: Japinder Singh (DAV)

(0:42 of 3rd period, Game 6, Davos wins 3-1) PP

S25: Gabriel Cederland (DAV)

(14:51 of 2nd period, Game 5, Davos wins 3-2)

S26: Markus Jenstrom (VAS)

(6:14 of 3rd period, Game 5, Vasteras wins 3-2)

S27: Matthew Boragina (HSK)

(9:38 of 2nd period, Game 6, Helsinki wins 3-1)

S28: Nikolai Lebedev (SEA)

(2:06 of 1st period, Game 6, Seattle wins 1-0) PP

S29: Connor Evans (TOR)

(11:33 of 1st period, Game 6, Toronto wins 4-3)

S30: Alexander Chershenko (CGY)

(6:18 of 1st period, Game 7, Calgary wins 2-0)

S31: Phil Rafter (DAV)

(12:44 of 3rd period, Game 7, Davos wins 3-2)

S32: Tukka Reikkinen (NYA)

(12:25 of 2nd period, Game 7, New York wins 4-1) PP

S33: Josef Heiss Jr. (RIG)

(5:07 of overtime, Game 6, Riga wins 3-2) *

S34: Anatoli Zhumbayev (HSK)

(19:48 of overtime, Game 7, Helsinki win 2-1) *

S35: Wesley Kellinger (QUE)

(15:09 of 2nd period, Game 6, Quebec City wins 4-2)

S36: Davey Jones (DAV)

(0:42 of 2nd period, Game 7, Davos wins 2-1) PP

S37: Reggie Dunlop (TOR)

(10:48 of 2nd overtime, Game 4, Toronto wins 3-2) PP **

S38: Shane Baker (DAV)

(12:29 of overtime, Game 6, Davos wins 1-0) PP *

S39: Milos Denis (NYA)

(16:09 of 3rd period, Game 5, New York wins 3-2)

S40: Jarkko Olsen (RIG)

(6:08 of overtime, Game 5, Riga wins 4-3) *

S41: Tom Slaughter (NYA)

(17:10 of 3rd period, Game 7, New York wins 3-2)

S42: Robin Gow (COL)

(1:24 of overtime, Game 5, Cologne wins 3-2) *

S43: Borje Samuelsson (SEA)

(8:18 of 3rd period, Game 7, Seattle wins 3-2) PP

S44: Sachimo Zoidberg (CGY)

(19:52 of 2nd period, Game 6, Calgary wins 6-3) PP

S45: Christoph Klose (HSK)

(15:25 of 1st period, Game 7, Helsinki wins 4-1)

S46: Theo Matsikas (HSK)

(2:05 of overtime, Game 5, Helsinki wins 4-3) PP *

S47: E'Twaun Delicious (NYA)

(18:03 of 1st period, Game 5, New York wins 3-2) PP

S48: Black Velvet (TOR)

(1:08 of overtime, Game 5, Toronto wins 4-3) PP *

S49: Francis York Morgan (TOR)

(18:15 of 1st period, Game 5, Toronto wins 3-2) PP

S50: Zach Parechkin (TOR)

(2:19 of 2nd overtime, Game 7, Toronto wins 3-2) PP **

S51: Jeff Hamilton (RIG)

(19:36 of 3rd period, Game 7, Riga wins 1-0) PP

S52: Diana Maxwell (NYA)

(8:16 of 1st period, Game 5, New York wins 3-0)

S53: Essian Ravenwing (NYA)

(7:38 of 2nd period, Game 7, New York wins 2-0)

S54: Theo Axelsson (HSK)

(19:37 of 2nd period, Game 6, Helsinki wins 3-2)

S55: Theo Axelsson (HSK)

(9:29 of overtime, Game 7, Helsinki wins 4-3) *

S56: Fook Yu (QUE)

(3:53 of 3rd period, Game 7, Quebec wins 5-3)

S57: John Locke (RIG)

(17:08 of 1st period, Game 6, Riga wins 5-1)

S58: Lukas Muller (RIG)

(0:31 of 3rd period, Game 6, Riga wins 2-1)

S59: Mattias Forsberg (SEA)

(1:57 of 2nd period, Game 7, Seattle wins 2-1)

S60: Franchise Cornerstone (HSK)

(6:20 of 1st period, Game 7, Helsinki wins 3-1)

S61: The Charm (DAV)

(15:23 of 2nd period, Game 7, Davos wins 4-2)

S62: Oyorra Arroyo (CGY)

(11:48 of 1st period, Game 7, Calgary wins 3-1) PP

S63: Ryuu Crimson (RIG)

(12:51 of 3rd period, Game 6, Riga wins 4-3) PP

S64: Oyorra Arroyo (TOR)

(2:01 of 1st period, Game 4, Toronto wins 4-1)

S65: Evan R. Lawson (TOR)

(1:16 of 3rd period, Game 7, Toronto wins 6-2)


* - indicates overtime period(s)

underlined players scored two cup-winning goals in their careers

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oo ooo oooo, I found another old MS I did on World Cup Scoring Efficiency! 


The Most Efficient Players in the History of the World Cup



Canada posing for picture after winning the gold medal game in S4

Brett Slobodzian in center wearing captain’s jersey


The World Cup – a massive sporting event that takes place every two years. Nations come together and unite under a single purpose – to hoist the World Cup. Players play with a new ferocity and intensity that one rarely sees even during the play-offs. Fans walk in mobs down the street proudly singing their country’s national anthem, patriotically stamping their feet and waving their arms in the air.  Nations’ Flags are raise on cars, front porches, and outside arenas. The ambience is something to marvel at. As a spectator from afar, one can marvel at the sense of self people everywhere find themselves with. As a fan or player, the atmosphere can consume you and instantaneously draw you into the storm of partisans.




Every player that takes part in this magical sporting event is important.  A fourth line left winger will get just as much support from the fans as the first line center will. This article does not intend to down-play any of the world’s best players’ efforts, it merely analyses the stats to determine which players have been the most efficient scorers for their country. Please remember that there are many other factors other than the stated facts that are hidden by the stats. Factors such as who the line mates were, the strength of the opponents, minute per game played etc are but a few that could obscure the stats. Do not get caught up in the semantics of it all, as much of this is half speculation.


Scotty Campbell, Team Switzerland, 3 World Cups (S2-S6)



 Scotty Campbell, as is the opinion of the vast majority of the populace, is the best player ever to step out onto the ice in the VHL. He played in the first three World Cups, when the league was just a tiny sapling starting to bud. Back then, the each team played only either 5 or 6 games depending on if they got to the medal rounds or not. This is half the number that we currently play. For that reason, Scotty played only 18 games for his country. But boy, did he ever make the most of them! He lit up the goal lamp 21 times and added 36 helpers for a total of 57 World Cup points! That is the third most points ever collected in the history of the World Cup, only behind Grimm Jonsson (67 points) and Matt Bailey (80 points) and who have played 46 and 58 games, respectively. This works out to 3.17 points per game. In all three of his World Cups he clinched top scorer and helped his team earn fourth, third, and, finally in S6, first place to claim the gold. Scotty Campbell’s legacy will always remain in the forefront of our memories.  


Brett Slobodzian, Team Canada, 2 World Cups (S2-S4)




Again, it is not surprising to see Brett Slobodzian’s (a.k.a. Slobo’s) name up on this list. The famous right winger accumulated 16 goals and 17 assists for a total of 33 points in 12 short games during his World Cup runs. He helped Canada win the classic bronze medal in the S2 World Cup, defeating Switzerland and rival Scotty Campbell in a shoot out. Incidentally, both Scotty and Slobo scored in the penalty shoot out.  Slobo’s 2.75 points per game average is quite outstanding and he made other young players like Brad Janssen and Dust n’ Funk over-achieve. He was a great leader and had a Gretzky mentality of: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. He would fire the puck on net while his teammates charged in to gobble up the rebounds. In S4 he proudly held up the World Cup as he skated around the ice with a gold medal around his neck. He had the highest +/- rating in that game, added a goal and an assist on the game winning goal, and captured the second star of the game. Few are more deserving of a gold medal than this Canadian trooper!



Scot Boulet, Team Switzerland, 2 World Cups (S2-S4)


In the 12 games he played for the Swiss, Scot Boulet complied an amazing 41 points (22 goals and 19 assists).  His outrageous 3.42 points per game average is definitely not something to be over-looked, regardless of the fact that he was playing with Scotty Campbell. He was not only a deadly offensive threat but also a tank of an enforcer. He knocked down 22 guys with his bone crushing hits and even blocks 5 shots. Boulet has been probably one of the most efficient two-way forwards that hockey has ever seen on the world stage.





Although players like Matt Bailey (SWI), Grimm Jonsson (SWE), and Zak Rawlyk (CAN) deserve massive amounts of respect for all that they have given to their countries in multiple World Cups, it does raise the question of that if Boulet, Campbell, and Slobodzian, had played in as many games as those three did, would they have continued that kind of productivity and filled up the stat sheets even more so? One thing is for certain – the players do not participate in this event for the stats. They do it because they love the game and they love their country. They do it out of pride and respect for the country that they value and can call home. If given the choice, most players would rather lift the World Cup than the Continental Cup. This is the way it has always been and the way it will always remain. This is the sport. This is... the VHL.

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A Tribute to the Palmer Brothers

Any member of the VHL from around S6 to S19-S20 will remember two quiet but very contributing members of the league; TMP16 and Patrick19. The first was well-known as one of the best sig-makers of his time and possibly ever, the second as probably the greatest MS writer ever, always signing off his extremely lengthy but still enthralling articles as Patrick Palmer. Later it was revealed that two were in fact brothers which just added to the dynamic of this extremely talented family.

I never found out what the second brother's name was, as he only made 897 posts during his time in the VHL. Patrick wasn't much more talkative, with only 909 posts, but he communicated well through his writing skill and was maybe just a bit better known. But overall the Palmer brothers were extremely similar (much more than say the Funks or the Knights) in their quiet demeanour and yet strong work ethic. They both made a defenceman and a winger during their time in the VHL, were two of the better early first-gens (591 TPE for TMP's Kyle McLeod, 604 for Patrick's Anton Ingberg), spent time with the Riga and Vasteras franchises, and were classy and loyal throughout their whole careers. Neither brother made the transition to the new forum and their legacy has sadly been forgotten, which is exactly why this MS had to be written.






Kyle McLeod (S7-S13) (591 TPE)

Marek Schultz (S14-S20) (504 TPE)

TMP16 was the first Palmer brother to join the VHL, likely also recruiting his brother shortly after. He was never outspoken from the start, but he definitely became noticed when his player, defenceman Kyle McLeod was going up the draft board alongside the much more established Lazarus Hatzifotiou-Kyriakos (Layken Heidt) and Torsten Schwarz. On draft day, McLeod became the first player selected by the just relocated but already controversial Robbie Zimmers-led New York Americans, going second overall, two spots ahead of Patrick's player Anton Ingberg. From the very start of his tenure with the mediocre New York squad, McLeod secured himself as the team's best all-around blue-liner, a constant defensive leader with an average 60-70 points per season and one of the league's best shot blockers. Due to his also under-the-radar personality, both the player and the member were seen as the outcasts of the ridiculed “Shortbus” image with which the Americans were dubbed with the presence of colourful characters such as Zimmers, Fabian Brunnstrom, and the Dubnikov brothers. When management changed in S10, McLeod and the rest of the team was finally let go in a massive firesale, and Kyle ended up on the contending Riga Reign. His individual statistics remained on a similar pace despite playing for a much better team, but he did acquire something from the trade he couldn't have in New York; the Continental Cup. With a deep blue line where McLeod played with future Hall of Famer Blake Beukeboom, Riga made several other runs at the cup in S11 and S12 but fell short and McLeod eventually retired at the start of a rebuild in S13. He was never recognised for solid play but he did amass an impressive 1,016 blocked shots, still ranking twelfth all-time.

The retirement announcement of Kyle McLeod during the S13 pre-season made way for German winger Marek Schultz joining the extremely hyped S14 draft. “TMP” was by this point a very well-known commodity around the VHL and his new prospect excited fans again after such a solid career for McLeod. However, in the deep S14 draft Schultz fell to sixth overall as one of the last selections by long-time Vasteras GM Lucas Tannahill (Pensfan101). Vasteras was coming off a very demotivating failed cup run in S13 (in which Anton Ingberg played a part) and Schultz and second-rounder Zach Voss were the new foundation for next GM Zach Arce to build on. After a development season in the VHLM, Schultz made his rookie debut in S15 and after a 85-point season won the Palmer brothers' first individual award; the Stozschweiger Trophy. As Vasteras moved to Madrid and started building on their foundation, Schultz became a fan favourite and one of the team's top scorers season to season. In S18, when the Thunder were finally expected to break the franchise's long cup drought, Schultz broke out with a 100+ point season and was also a strong performer in the playoffs, but Madrid fell short in the finals. A starting rebuild saw Schultz traded to Davos, where he had his two best seasons before retiring. His interest was notably diminishing and he noted this in a retirement speech in S20, but that didn't stop the once sig-making machine from becoming a constant Boulet Trophy contender as well as Davos' best forward. The German finally won a cup with the defensively-minded Dynamo in his final season, giving the Palmer brother a championship with each player, and finished thirteenth all-time in hits with 1,260.





Anton Ingberg (S7-S13) (604 TPE)

Max Kronenburg (S15-S22) (574 TPE)

As mentioned above, Patrick Palmer joined just after his brother and as a result his first player Anton Ingberg was just behind Kyle McLeod on S7 draft day. Still, already making waves with his writing skill, Ingberg went fourth overall to the Vasteras IK to solidify their constantly improving blue line. Like McLeod, Ingberg was instantly thrust into a big role on the team alongside Cole Hagstrom and delivered with similar stats to those of McLeod. As Vasteras geared up for an all-important cup run, Ingberg quickly improved and started hitting 80+ points while not losing his strong defensive play. Despite the promise of the young IK team and many veteran acquisitions, the team was ousted during their big season in one of the biggest VHL upsets in S8 by the Riga Reign and goaltender Travis Wilcox. A depressing post-season and an even worse off-season saw Vasteras management go for a change and trade away the vast majority of its players. Ingberg went to the rebuilding Seattle Bears alongside Alexander Beketov and joined Gunnar Rune-Rorvik and McLovin on a promising defensive core. In S10, the Bears snapped a three-season playoff drought and Ingberg had an incredible 115-point season in a huge break-through year. However, Seattle management used Ingberg's huge season as a trade chip and suddenly he found himself back in Vasteras as his old team made noise with big trades for Kevin Brooks and Alex Gegeny as well. Ingberg couldn't repeat his big season in Seattle back in Sweden, but remained a two-way stalwart and helped the IK back to the playoffs. However, in a deja vu S13, Vasteras again sold their farm for a huge run (including trading a key S15 first for defenceman Blake Beukeboom, McLeod's team-mate) and fell short in the first round again, ending Ingberg's great career without a cup.

Patrick, desperate to win, went all in with a dominant scoring winger from Austria, Max Kronenburg, as his second player. While brother's second client Schultz was drafted by Vasteras in S14, Kronenburg spent more development time gearing up for the extremely shallow S15 draft. In an ironic turn of events, the draft selection Vasteras traded for Blake Beukeboom (who appeared to follow the Palmer brothers) became first overall in S15 and the Riga Reign happily selected Kronenburg with it. Max made the instant jump to Riga in S15 but struggled to crack even the 70-point mark with the defensive mindset of the Reign. However, although it was tough to see Schultz be crowned top rookie and become an offensive force, Kronenburg was rewarded much more finally winning the cup with Riga in S16, the team where funnily enough Kyle McLeod found the most team success. Kronenburg spent four more seasons with the constantly successful Reign, never missing the playoffs from S15 to S20, though the S16 championship remained his only one. He replaced cup wins with several consecutive 100-point seasons and used Riga's extremely offensive team in S20 to have one of the best modern era individual seasons, scoring 70 goals and getting 157 points, tied for the league lead. Riga fell short against the two-way play of Mr. Schultz and the Dynamo in the playoffs and went for a re-tool. The aging Kronenburg lost pace after the career year and fell back to his early 60-65 points per season. But of course fate would have it that this is when the Austrian would win some more cups, and as a rental in Toronto and Helsinki, he won two more championships in S21 and S22, respectively, joining elite company with three cups per career. Kronenburg, unlike Schultz, never made his retirement official and played out a full eight-season career, but Patrick's activity also sadly disappeared round about S19.


The Palmer brothers made an impact on the VHL during their time and that can not be under-stated. TMP16 was a renowned sig maker, while Patrick19 could write an at least 1,500 words about just about anything, from his own player to his own team to a little-known but an extremely well-researched league historical topic. Both of Patrick's players had arguably more success and more TPE than his brother's, but that is no slight to either Kyle McLeod or Marek Schultz, two of the best players of their time. I'm fairly sure that I read every single of Patrick's Media Spots since joining the VHL in S10 and I even tried to emulate (probably unsuccessfully) his style in this behemoth of an article (even though I have been trying to avoid 1,000+ word MSs for a few weeks).

For, this is Patrick Palmer, nope, it's just me.

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