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Challenge #46

Montreal Canadiens
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Challenge #46 – Montreal Canadiens

We are pleased to announce the start of Challenge #46: The Montreal Canadiens!

The Canadiens have had a poor first half of the season with a dismal 17-20-4 record and with inconsistent performances from some of their star players. Can you do any better?

The following rules apply to the Challenge, namely:

1. Game Setup Rules; and
2. Standard NHL Gameplay Rules.

The Core Roster Rules do NOT apply to this Challenge. To participate, you will need to download the TBL Rosters v10.1 via the Steam Workshop.

All Challenge #46 discussion goes here: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=18803

P.s. we are still looking for one or more volunteers to run the Challenges going forward: viewtopic.php?f=74&t=18770

Posted by archibalduk
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:52 pm

Challenge 45 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the 1998 New York Islanders Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here.

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

Season 1
:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: nine-o
:3rd: Marsac

Season 2
:1st: Willby
:2nd: saberhagen83
:3rd: phabi

Season 3
:1st: phabi
:2nd: Willby
:3rd: Vasz

Posted by archibalduk
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:32 pm

Challenge 44 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the Arizona Coyotes Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here.

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

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

Season 2
:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: Khlu
:3rd: saberhagen83

Season 3
:1st: watts555
:2nd: Tupe
:3rd: saberhagen83

Posted by archibalduk
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:30 pm

Project NHL 36 v2.2 and xECK29x Premier Pivot Rosters v2.1

For the benefit of those who do not frequent the Game Addons and Rosters Forum, it is great to see two alternatives to the TBL Rosters appear and to be continually updated. It is worth noting that both of BKarchitect and xECK29x have been putting in a lot of work into their updates and they are well worth checking out. Here's a brief summary of their rosters:

Project NHL 36 v2.2
Link: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=18491&p=232712#p232710

The database intends to allow users to play out the ultimate NHL expansion fantasy with 36 teams in the NHL whilst maintaining an 82 game schedule template (for both regular and Olympic years). As a bonus, the AHL and ECHL each have 36 teams, allowing for a 1:1:1 farm team ratio. All main leagues should be playable except the SPHL (explained further down).

The latest release includes (in BKarchitect's own words):

- Big news this time around is complete and accurate updating of the IIHF divisions for the 2017/18 season for the World Championships (WC, D1A, D1B, D2A, D2B, D3) and the World Juniors (WJC and D1 - the game doesn't go beyond D1A). Read about how I got it to work and how it looks compared to real life here: viewtopic.php?f=150&t=18764#p232541

- Speaking of South Korea...I cleaned up and updated the national teams for all 16 teams in the main WC division. Now most of the major teams have already been covered in NHL and various major league updates but now the likes of SK, France, Norway, Belarus, etc should be fielding fairly accurate senior teams (using a mix of their 2016-17 WC rosters and results and players the nations have fielded in international events thus far in the 17-18 season). Also updated Great Britain and Japan along with the Asia League and the Elite Ice Hockey League structures although neither of those two leagues are fully tested as playable yet.

- The usual roster and contract updates for North American and major European leagues. Not a lot of NHL action (the Marchessault extension is in there) but lots of CHL moves and a bunch of KHL moves made in the past couple weeks.

- Some tweaks to younger players based on some of the WJC action we've seen...nothing major, don't want to over-hype a handful of games but some up-ticking of some prospects who have shown well for sure.

xECK29x Premier Pivot Rosters v2.1
Link: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=18708#p231992

Whereas we freeze the TBL Rosters as at the NHL opening game night, xECK29x continually updates the rosters. The latest release includes (in xECK29x's own words):

- Based off of TBL 17-18 Beta rosters
- Recommended play using alternative ratings scale 0-100 (not required but it's how I viewed the ratings when making them)
- This will NOT be a start of season roster
- NHL/AHL focused rosters
- HEAVILY updated: heights, weights, contracts, places of birth (over 100 added), player types, historical stats, favorite staff (many family connections added) and full re-ratings (CA + PA) of all players contacted to NHL/AHL/ECHL (WIP) teams.
- Over 100 staff added/updated/re-rated
- Touched up all staff on NHL/AHL/CHL/USHL/USHS/NCAA teams, ECHL is still WIP should be done in a few weeks.
- Updated AHL/ECHL contracted players (ECHL WIP)
- Added many high-profile U17 players (still on-going)
- Re-rated/updated top 100 for 2018 draft (will put more focus on this - eventual top 300 - after final Central Scouting and ISS reports come out)
- Added full player histories for almost all drafted/signed NHL prospects (NCAA players now have player histories!) - Still finishing for a few teams
- Updated FA staff/player pool (no more oddball signings of 80+ year old staff)
- Updated draft picks
- Updated transactions (for NHL/AHL/ECHL teams as of approx 26/12/17).
- 2018/2019 top picks (several top Euro prospects added for 2019), several random player updates throughout the world
- Yes it has Vegas and updated AHL/ECHL teams

Posted by archibalduk
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:58 pm

TBL Rosters v10.1 Released

A new version of the TBL Rosters is now available for download on Steam. The purpose of this update is simply to fix a crash to desktop when viewing certain non-players' profiles (this was caused by the Editor using an invalid value). The usual post-release data update with further updates and fixes will follow in due course (there is no ETA for this).

Download: CLICK HERE
Questions/comments: CLICK HERE


  • Fixed crash to desktop when viewing certain non-players' profiles;
  • Added Will Lockwood's draft history and NHL player rights;
  • Corrected the typo in Dale Weise's Potential Ability rating;
  • Deleted retired players and non-players from the database;
  • Moved Deivids Sarkanis to HK Kurbads;
  • Moved Mathieu Gagnon (02.11.1992) to Angers; and
  • Set Milton Keynes Lightning as a Professional club.

Posted by archibalduk
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:28 pm

Wanted! Volunteers to help run the Challenges

Unfortunately it seems Bruins72 isn't around much and so I will have to continuing running the Challenges in between other commitments (all of my free/TBL time is spent on the Editor). We normally run four or five Challenges per year but this year we have only run two because we no longer have somebody with enough spare time to run things. With this in mind, I think the Challenges desperately need a couple of volunteers to help run things.

Ideally we could do with a couple of volunteers who are experienced with the Challenges (preferably who have completed at least two full seasons in at least five previous Challenges). I can do all of the administrative work (e.g. awarding trophies and setting up each new Challenge via the forum software), but it would be great to have a couple of volunteers who can do all of the following:

  • decide on which teams to use;
  • write the short news items announcing each new Challenge;
  • moderate the Challenge Forum;
  • review and revise the rules;
  • respond to queries; and
  • generally take care of day to day running of the Challenges.

Realistically, the time commitment required is relatively small but volunteers will need to be prepared to spend time on the tasks listed above on a fairly regular basis.

If you would like to volunteer and have enough free time then please post in this thread. :-)

Posted by archibalduk
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:07 pm

Minor forum re-organisation

Following the release of TBL Rosters v10.0, I have taken the opportunity to re-organise the forums a little. The main change is that there is now a dedicated forum for the TBL Rosters which has been split out from the Game Addons Forum. I have also made the following changes:

- The DMHNL forums have been removed following the disbanding of the league. Some of the posts have been moved to the EHM Online Forum whilst others (such as trades) have been deleted;
- The FHM Downloads Forum has been merged into the FHM Forum; and
- The Dabo forums have been merged into a single forum.

Posted by archibalduk
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:55 pm

TBL Rosters v10.0 Released

We are delighted to announce the release of our first roster update of 2017/18! A massive thank you to Manimal and all of the researchers that have helped it with the mammoth task of updating the rosters over the past six months since the release of version 9.6. It has been a massive undertaking and a lot of work for just a small number of people. We haven't been able to maintain a full changelist, but the below list provides a headline summary of the changes.

Currently the rosters are only available via Steam, but we'll add a manual download link tomorrow. UPDATE: We will not be adding any manual download version given the number of requests for such a version coming from users of pirated versions of the game and given that all users who have a legitimate copy of the game will have access to Steam.

Download: CLICK HERE
Questions/comments: CLICK HERE


  • First release of the 2017/18 season (rosters frozen as at 04 October 2017);
  • Updated rosters for many leagues including, but not limited to:
    -- NHL
    -- AHL
    -- ECHL
    -- Canadian major junior leagues
    -- Denmark
    -- Finnish Liiga
    -- Finnish Mestis
    -- Norway
    -- Russia
    -- SHL
    -- Allsvenskan
    -- EIHL
    -- NIHL 1 & 2
    -- SNL (partial)
  • Updated player ratings in several leagues including, but not limited to:
    -- NHL
    -- KHL
    -- EIHL (mostly CA and PA)
    -- NIHL 1 & 2 (mostly CA and PA)
  • Updated player career history for many players in the professional North American leagues and various top leagues in Europe;
  • Updated the rules and structures of various playable leagues;
  • New playable leagues:
    -- Danish First Division
    -- NIHL Autumn Trophy
    -- NIHL National Cup
    -- Scottish National League
  • Known issues:
    -- Some playable leagues still have their 2016/17 rules and/or structures;
    -- EIHL: The EIHL conference standings are not yet up and running pending the release of EHM v1.5 (but the EIHL schedule is correct);
    -- NIHL: The playoff winner (and not the regular season winner) of the NIHL North 2 is promoted;
    -- NIHL National Cup: Telford are currently missing from the NIHL National Cup as we have been struggling to get the uneven group sizes up and running;
    -- UK: The cup game schedules are causing schedule congestion in the early part of the season for EIHL and NIHL teams.

Posted by archibalduk
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:36 am

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