Tuesday, September 7, 2010


It’s the day gamers have had circled on their calendar for months.

This morning (or, if you're awesome, at midnight last night) EA Sports’ NHL ’11 comes out. But not only will hockey fans be able to use their favorite National Hockey League team in the game, but also their most loved Canadian Hockey League squad.

At the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup in May, EA Sports and the CHL announced that all 60 junior hockey teams from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League would be featured in the game.

“The CHL is very excited to partner with an industry leader like EA Sports to create a brand new way for CHL fans to associate with their favorite CHL teams and players,” said David Branch, president of the CHL. “This opportunity also provides EA Sports fans around the world the ability to learn more about the next wave of NHL stars as they compete in the best development league in the world.”

Several modes in the game will integrate the CHL, including Be A Pro, Be A GM, Tournament Mode, Season Mode and Playoff Mode.

Other CHL features in NHL 11 will be:

• Ability to play with all 60 teams that make up the CHL
• Names and Likenesses of players that are on the rosters of a CHL team
• MasterCard Memorial Cup
• CHL new RBK Edge Jersey design in NHL 11
• WHL, OHL and QMJHL logos and league structures

The Saint John Sea Dogs were recently included in a promo released by EA Sports. The video shows the Sea Dogs gathering around the ice to celebrate their “Elite Playoff Championship” banner.

The game will be available at EB Games locations and probably anywhere else games are sold.

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