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TBL Rosters 2015/16

Version 8.2 (18 March 2016)
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Challenge #42

1998 Tampa Bay Lightning
Closes: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:59 am

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New version of the 1998/99 roster update released

A new version of the 1998 DB for EHM has been released today. This is a very significant update with the database essentially rebuilt from the ground up.

The database is no longer “NHL centric” but is now truly a worldwide database! The database features authentic teams, players and staff from the NHL, AHL, ECHL, Major Junior and European/Russian Leagues as well! The database no longer includes “modern players/staff” and a huge amount of detail has been added to the historical players.

The database includes player histories and authentic future prospects from 1998 up to the present!). In addition to the historical players from North American Leagues there are also historical players for the Elite Leagues in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland (+2 lower leagues), France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden (+2 lower leagues) and Switzerland too.

As well teams in most leagues were reviewed and corrected for 1998 and affiliations were set. The Staff are correct/historical for the NHL and Major Junior. THOUSANDS of players have been edited! Player Roles, CA/PA and Attributes!

A huge THANK YOU to CJ and Nino who have put in a huge amount of work to bring us this update (along with the help of number of other users). =D>

The roster update can be downloaded here: viewtopic.php?f=116&t=13516

To coincide with the release of this update, a new challenge featuring the 1998 DB has commenced today. Everybody is welcome to join in. More details can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=74&t=16726

Posted by archibalduk
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:20 pm

Challenge 42 - The 1998 Tampa Bay Lightning!


I'm happy to announce our latest TBL Challenge! CJ and Nino have given me early access to their new Retro 98 DB so we can use it for the challenge before it's official release. These guys (along with the researchers helping them) have put in some great work on this new DB and I think they've created a very immersive retro db for us all to enjoy.

A big thanks to jhcjobpb and nino33!

So for this challenge we'll be starting from a saved game that you can download HERE.

All rules detailed in this announcement post supersede any rules listed in the challenge rules section.

For this challenge you'll put the saved game you downloaded into your saved games folder, usually something like this...

C:\Users\<computer_name>\Documents\Sports Interactive\EHM\Games

Load the game and you should be set!

The rules for the challenge are as follows...

  • No trading in season 1!
  • Trading opens once the 1998/1999 Stanley Cup Finals are over. After that, you're allowed to trade at any point the NHL allows you to.
  • You may not trade for anyone over the age of 25. You are allowed to keep your older players and resign them though.
  • Trades can not include 1st round draft picks or unsigned prospects.
  • No more than 2 assets can be involved on either side of a trade. This means you're allowed 1 for 1, 2 for 1, 1 for 2, and 2 for 2 deals.
  • UFA signings are not allowed!
  • Waivers claims are not allowed!
  • You may re-sign your own RFAs and impending FAs at any time. ie If your team currently owns the NHL rights to a player, you can offer them a new contract.
  • Non-Playing Staff may be hired and fired at will.

Beyond that, normal challenge rules apply. Please ask if you have any questions. Save often and keep backup to certain dates in case you have to go back due to a crash or rules infraction. Also, in the game preferences, be sure to disable compressed saves. This has caused corruption in the past.

All challenge talk goes HERE.

Posted by bruins72
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:15 pm

EHM on sale!

EHM is part of Steam's "Weeklong Deals" this week. It's only $5! If you know anyone that hasn't bought it yet, tell them to buy it now!

Posted by bruins72
Tue May 10, 2016 3:48 pm

Challenge #41 - Djurgårdens IF


I'm pleased to announce our first challenge using a team/league outside of North America! We'll be using Djurgårdens IF in a fairly straight-forward challenge. While we've got lots of folks here at TBL that are from Sweden (and other European countries), there are a whole lot of us that are NOT familiar with how things work in those leagues. This will be a learning experience for many of us. So to keep things simple, we're not going to have any challenge rules. Now a little bit of common sense applies. You can't cheat, obviously. We're just not going to have our normal stringent rules because there's no trades in this league.

Before we go any further, I'd like to thank Manimal and all of the TBL Rosters crew for their hard work on the roster databases. This is the last version of the database being released under Manimal's leadership. Nino will be taking over the reigns. Let's raise our sticks in salute to these guys! :notworthy:

I'd also like to thank Aahlstroem for writing up a basic guide for how things work in the SHL. N8boy also wrote one for the DEL but ultimately I chose to go with the SHL for this challenge. Thanks to both of those guys. Also, thanks to Nino for coordinating the help for getting this challenge underway.

First, download Aahlstroem's SHL Guide HERE.

Next, download the saved game that I created (so that we all start on even ground)... HERE. Put it in your saved games folder (usually... C:\Users\Your Computer Name\Documents\Sports Interactive\EHM\games).

Launch EHM and load the saved game named "Challenge 41 DIF". Fire the current GM named "TBL Challenge" and add yourself as GM to Djurgårdens IF, which will be in the SHL under Sweden.

All challenge talk goes HERE.

Please keep in mind that the seasons in the SHL are shorter. You'll be logging your stats every 13 games.



If your team ends up being demoted, you are not kick out of the challenge. Once you've been demoted you should enter your record (W-L-OSW-OSL) as 0's and your position as 15th. You can enter other stats as normal. If you make it back to the SHL, then you can proceed as normal.

Also please note that since our stats upload tool only has spots for W-L-OSL, you should add your OSW to your W when entering your stats.

Posted by bruins72
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:20 pm

TBL Rosters v8.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of the TBL Rosters 2015/16. This update mostly features updates to the Swedish SHL, Allsvenskan and juniors but it also includes various corrections and tweaks following feedback from users. This is likely to be the final release this season and we will shortly be turning our attention to work on the 2016/17 update.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Manimal for his tireless work over the years. He has decided to step down from running the update and hand over the reins to Nino33. Manimal will however continue to help out with the rosters. It's great to have Nino step up and take over running the rosters - I'm certain he'll continue Manimal's great work. :thup:

There are two ways to download the update. As always, you can download the rosters HERE. Alternatively, you can download them via the Steam Workshop.

Questions about the rosters can be posted here: viewforum.php?f=13

Any data errors/feedback can be posted here: Europe - North America - Rest of World - History & Records


  • Updated and re-rated in the SHL, Allsvenskan and Swedish juniors;
  • Added player career histories for many players in the SHL;
  • Added new players to the Russian MHL;
  • Various updated arena data and average attendance figures for the EIHL and EPIHL;
  • Various minor corrections and fixes as reported by various users.

Posted by archibalduk
Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:35 pm

Challenge 39 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the Boston Bruins Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here. As always, a massive thank you to Bruins72 who works tirelessly to keep the Challenges running! :notworthy:

All of the users below have been awarded the usual trophies and TBL Points.

Season 1
:1st: jesterx7769
:2nd: batdad
:3rd: m0fownz0r

Season 2
:1st: jesterx7769
:2nd: kennec
:3rd: m0fownz0r

Season 3
:1st: watts555
:2nd: Peter_Doherty
:3rd: m0fownz0r

Season 4
:1st: kennec
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: stone169

Posted by archibalduk
Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:36 pm

Challenge 38 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the San Jose Sharks Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here. As always, a massive thank you to Bruins72 who works tirelessly to keep the Challenges running! :notworthy:

Congratulations to radiskull who was unstoppable throughout the Challenge. Also to m0fownz0r who came second on a number occasions and for winning the 5th season.

All of the users below have been awarded the usual trophies and TBL Points.

Season 1
:1st: radiskull
:2nd: jesterx7769
:3rd: PhilTheThril

Season 2
:1st: radiskull
:2nd: Devils88
:3rd: sao.phim

Season 3
:1st: radiskull
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: bruins72

Season 4
:1st: radiskull
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: sao.phim

Season 5
:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: visualdarkness
:3rd: Beukeboom

Posted by archibalduk
Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:33 pm

Private Messages

Owing to a recent spamming incident where a user attempted to mass-message all users with an advert, we have now imposed some restrictions on being able to view user profiles, the member list and to send private messages. Only users who have made at least 35 posts can now send PMs or view other user's profiles and the member list.

Posted by archibalduk
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:32 pm

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