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05-21-2010, 05:41 PM
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OT: NHL 11 to have the Canadian Hockey League license

Just got this in my inbox at work. Hell yeah.

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Canadian hockey league and EA Announce New Partnership

EA SPORTS NHL 11 to Include All Teams and Players from the WHL, OHL and QMJHL

Brandon, MB. – May 21, 2010 – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) in association with Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced a four year agreement that will see the league included in EA SPORTS™ NHL® products. The three regional leagues that make up the CHL, including the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), will all have their teams and players represented in EA SPORTS NHL 11 when it becomes available in retail stores this September.

Representing 51 Canadian and nine American teams with players aged 16-20 the CHL is the top development league in the world and the number one provider of talent to the NHL. 47% of all players selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft came from CHL teams. The 2010 NHL Entry Draft could mark the fourth straight year where a CHL player is selected first overall, with Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers and Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires representing the top two ranked players by NHL Central Scouting.

“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, 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.”

“It’s exciting to have the CHL integrated into our game for the first time,” said Jordan Edelstein, VP of Marketing, EA SPORTS. “Their inclusion will make NHL 11 the most definitive and complete hockey experience available.”

Four of the last five players to be featured on the cover of EA SPORTS NHL Series games are CHL graduates including Patrick Kane, Dion Phaneuf, Eric Staal and Vincent Lecavalier.

The licensing agreement between EA SPORTS and the CHL allows the following to be included in NHL 11:

· 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 CHL integration in NHL 11 will tie to several modes in the game, including Be A Pro, Be A GM, Tournament Mode, Season Mode and Playoff Mode.

The EA SPORTS NHL franchise has won 22 Sports Game of the Year awards over the past three years. This year the NHL 11 franchise begins a new era with gameplay innovations that are set to deliver the most realistic, accurate and exciting representation of NHL hockey to date.

NHL 11 will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system with an MSRP of $59.99. It is developed by EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI.
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THAT'S AWESOME!

I've been waiting for them to start including prospects beyond AHL teams. Its about damn time.

Now the question is, will they go in depth enough so that the first 3 or 4 years of a draft in dynasty mode will actually have the real draft eligible players for those particular years?

It would be a shame if they did all this, and then you go to play a dynasty mode and the first several drafts still have a bunch of random, made up players.

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lol I posted this in the OT thread too

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Cool.

On a side note, I fully expect Drew to be on the cover.

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When does it come out?

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When does it come out?
It usually comes out about a month before the season starts.

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Since it's EA, I'm sure they won't have accurate drafts. They don't even have rules for RFAs yet. I signed Toews as a UFA at 22.

Not a bad 1-2 punch down the middle.

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Where is the ECHL?

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When does it come out?
usually the first or second week of September

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When does it come out?
Right now the release date is September 14, 2010, at least for Playstation and xBox. Do they still do a PC version?

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Where is the ECHL?
They could announce that too but if I had to choose between them including the CHL or ECHL I would definitely choose the CHL.

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Where is the ECHL?
Based in NJ

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Damn beat me to it lol. 2 things I noticed is that the goalies have the cages they are required to wear in the CHL and also there are logos on the pants unlike in years past. Also in the pic with Jones the crowd isn't completely full.

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THAT'S AWESOME!

I've been waiting for them to start including prospects beyond AHL teams. Its about damn time.

Now the question is, will they go in depth enough so that the first 3 or 4 years of a draft in dynasty mode will actually have the real draft eligible players for those particular years?

It would be a shame if they did all this, and then you go to play a dynasty mode and the first several drafts still have a bunch of random, made up players.
Yeah, that will be pretty cool. However, you know how much scouting ranks change and players develop over a players junior year. It's possible that the guy you take first over-all 2-3 years into your dynasty mode won't ever actually be drafted. So really at that point they really are practically computer generated players but with actual names.

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Yeah, that will be pretty cool. However, you know how much scouting ranks change and players develop over a players junior year. It's possible that the guy you take first over-all 2-3 years into your dynasty mode won't ever actually be drafted. So really at that point they really are practically computer generated players but with actual names.
True, but I still prefer that to "Pavel Nabakov" or "Sergei Gretzky" or "Theo Naslund" and all the silly things they put in there.

And it should be good for atleast the first year or two.

Even just (pretending like NHL 11 is NHL 10) going into the first draft and seeing Hall, Seguin, Howden, McIlrath, etc, would be cool.

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True, but I still prefer that to "Pavel Nabakov" or "Sergei Gretzky" or "Theo Naslund" and all the silly things they put in there.

And it should be good for atleast the first year or two.

Even just (pretending like NHL 11 is NHL 10) going into the first draft and seeing Hall, Seguin, Howden, McIlrath, etc, would be cool.
Oh absolutely, and although it might lose its appeal after the 2nd draft it would still be awesome to be able to keep drafted players playing for their Junior team and what not

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And? You got a problem with that?

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No kidding, this combined with the continued updated databases for EHM should keep me busy on all my "sick" days.

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