NHL (video game series)

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NHL
NHL Series Logo.png
The current NHL series logo
Genres Sports (ice hockey)
Developers
Publishers EA Sports
Platform of origin Mega Drive/Genesis
First release NHL Hockey
1991
Latest release NHL 14
September 10, 2013
Official website http://www.easports.com/nhl

NHL is a series of professional ice hockey simulation video games developed by EA Canada and published yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports brand. The game is developed under license from the National Hockey League, which enables the use of team names, stadiums, and colors in the game, and National Hockey League Players' Association, which enables the use of player names and likenesses.

Installments[edit]

Video game platforms
DOS DOS / MS-DOS
GB Game Boy
GBA Game Boy Advance
GBC Game Boy Color
GCN Nintendo GameCube
GG Sega Game Gear
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSP PlayStation Portable
Sat Sega Saturn
SCD Sega Mega-CD
SMD Sega Mega Drive / Genesis
SNES Super NES / Super Famicom
Wii Wii
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
X360 Xbox 360
   
Title Year Platforms Cover athletes, worldwide Cover athletes, specific regions
NHL Hockey 1991 SMD
NHLPA Hockey '93 1992 SMD, SNES
NHL '94 1993 DOS, SCD, SMD, SNES
NHL 95 1994 DOS, GB, GG, SMD, SNES
NHL 96 1995 DOS, GB, SMD, SNES
NHL 97 1996 DOS, PS1, Sat, SMD, SNES, Win John Vanbiesbrouck (Florida)[1]
NHL 98 1997 PS1, Sat, SMD, SNES, Win Peter Forsberg (Colorado)[1]
NHL 99 1998 N64, PS1, Win Eric Lindros (Philadelphia)[1]
NHL 2000 1999 GBC, PS1, Win Chris Pronger (St. Louis)[1] EU Markus Naslund (Vancouver)[2][3]
NHL 2001 2000 PS1, PS2, Win Owen Nolan (San Jose)[1] EU Jere Lehtinen (Dallas)[2]
NHL 2002 2001 GBA, PS2, Win, Xbox Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)[1]
NHL 2003 2002 GCN, PS2, Win, Xbox Jarome Iginla (Calgary)[1]
NHL 2004 2003 GCN, PS2, Win, Xbox
NHL 2005 2004 GCN, PS2, Win, Xbox Markus Näslund (Vancouver)[1][3] EU Olli Jokinen (Florida)[2]
NHL 06 2005 GCN, PS2, Win, Xbox Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay)[1] EU Tuomo Ruutu (Chicago)[2]
NHL 07 2006 PS2, PSP, Win, Xbox, X360 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)[1]
NHL 08 2007 PS2, PS3, X360, Win Eric Staal (Carolina)[1]
NHL 09 2008 PS2, PS3, X360, Win Dion Phaneuf (Calgary)[1][4]
3 on 3 NHL Arcade 2009 PS3, X360 None
NHL 10 2009 PS3, X360 Patrick Kane (Chicago)[1][5]
NHL 11 2010 PS3, X360 Jonathan Toews (Chicago)[6]
NHL Slapshot 2010 Wii Wayne Gretzky
NHL 12 2011 PS3, X360 Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay)
NHL 13 2012 PS3, X360 Claude Giroux (Philadelphia)
NHL 14 2013 PS3, X360 Martin Brodeur (New Jersey)
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In Sweden, a special edition alternative covers was made, showing Mattias Janmark-Nylén, William Karlsson, Patrik Hersley, Linus Klasen and Dick Axelsson[10]
^† as NHL Hockey
^‡ Joe Thornton was originally chosen, but EA switched to Dany Heatley after Thornton was accused of assaulting two police officers. Thornton's cover was never produced. After the 2003–04 season had begun, Heatley was involved in a car crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder, prompting EA to switch covers to one featuring Joe Sakic.[2]
^EU in Europe; ^DEN in  Denmark; ^FIN in  Finland; ^RUS in  Russia; ^SWE in  Sweden; ^SUI in  Switzerland; ^CZE in  Czech Republic

Game covers[edit]

NHL 95 cover for the Mega Drive.

As is traditional with EA Sports, the NHL series boxes feature live action photos instead of drawings. As it lacked the NHLPA license, the early titles staged photos without real players. NHLPA Hockey 93, on the other hand, had the rights to use player images, but not of the teams. On this cover, the main action photo features the New York Rangers' Randy Moller checking the Philadelphia Flyers' Rod Brind'Amour while Rangers goaltender Mike Richter makes a save (in this photo there is the logo of the New York Rangers located on the bottom right of the goaltender's pants). This photo is surrounded by eight small portraits of players (Steve Yzerman, Andy Moog, Pat LaFontaine, Brian Leetch, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, Jeremy Roenick, and Rick Tocchet). This changed with NHL 94, which featured a goal situation for Tomas Sandstrom (LA Kings) against Andy Moog (Boston). NHL 95 featured an in-goal camera during a goal scored by Alexei Kovalev of the New York Rangers during the '94 Stanley Cup Finals against Kirk McLean of the Vancouver Canucks. NHL 96 featured New Jersey's Scott Stevens and Detroit's Steve Yzerman. More recently, Claude Giroux featured on the cover of NHL 13. The most recent goalie on the cover of an NHL game (including the NHL 2K Series), was Marty Turco, then of the Dallas Stars, who appeared on the cover of 2K Sports' NHL 2K6. The most recent goalie on the cover of an EA Sports NHL game is Martin Brodeur, who was featured on the cover of NHL 14.

Commentary[edit]

In NHLPA '93 and NHL '94, Emmy award-winning sportscaster Ron Barr gives a pre-game scouting report prior to each game. In the Genesis version of NHL 95, KNBR radio sportscaster John Shrader replaced Ron Barr in that duty. Live play-by-play commentary was introduced in "NHL 97". Jim Hughson, currently play-by-play man for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and also one of Canada's best-known hockey announcers, provided the play-by-play for much of the series. The last games in which he is one of the announcers are the PC and PS2 versions of NHL 09. Gary Thorne provides the play-by-play commentary in all PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the NHL series, starting in NHL 07. Color commentary has been provided by Daryl Reaugh (1998–99), Bill Clement (2000–01, and all Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions), Don Taylor (2002–03), and Craig Simpson (2004–09).

Soundtracks[edit]

"NHL '99" was the first game in the series to feature fully licensed music from David Bowie. Since then, each game has had soundtracks of licensed music known as EA Sports Trax, with selections of punk, alternative, and rock music.

NHL series in popular culture[edit]

Swingers[edit]

The removal of fights in "NHL Hockey 94" was addressed in the 1996 movie Swingers:

Trent: "I wish they still had fights in this game, so I could bitch slap Wayne."
Mike: "What! They don't have fighting anymore?"
Trent: "Doesn't that suck?"
Mike: "Why'd they get rid of the fighting? It was the best part of the old version."
Sue: "I think kids were hittin' each other or somethin', man."
Trent: "Yeah, but you know what, Mike? You can make their heads bleed in this one."
Mike: "Make somebody's head bleed... "
Sue: "No man, we're in the playoffs."
Trent: "I'm gonna make Wayne Gretzky's head bleed for super-fan #99 over here."

However, this is not completely accurate, as bleeding players were also removed. They also were playing "NHLPA Hockey '93", which had blood and fighting; but the fighting was strategic and players like Gretzky would rarely, if at all, have fought. This was due to his low fighter and aggressiveness ratings; while higher profile enforcers such as Tie Domi, Bob Probert, Basil McRae and Tony Twist had very high ratings of each, making each more likely to be called for penalties including fighting, others such as Gretzky had low ratings of both, making the latter not only less likely to fight, but also less likely to take any penalties at all. However, in the original "NHL Hockey", Gretzky was able to fight more often.

Mallrats[edit]

Kevin Smith's 1995 movie Mallrats featured Jason Lee as Brodie Bruce playing NHL All-Star Hockey for the Sega Saturn (in the DVD commentary, Kevin Smith admitted to loving the NHL series but having to use Sega's game for sponsor reasons). However, the sound effects used were from EA Sports' NHL series.

[Game audience cheering]
Rene: "What the hell are you doing?"
Brodie: "Finishing my game..."
Rene: "No, no, no! You promised me breakfast."
Brodie: "Breakfast? Breakfast, schmrekfest. Look at the score. I'm only in the middle of the second, and I'm winning 12 to 2. Breakfasts come and go, Rene. Now, Hartford—the whale—hey, they only beat Vancouver once... maybe twice in a lifetime."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Rocky Bonanno. NHL.com. Kane lands on EA SPORTS NHL 10 cover; 2009-06-22 [Retrieved 2010-06-28].
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Erin Brown. CBS Sports. EA's NHL series: cursed or not?; 2009-08-11 [Retrieved 2010-06-28].
  3. ^ a b c d e f NHL 10 cover athlete: Nicklas Bäckström [Retrieved 2010-06-29].
  4. ^ a b c Dion Phaneuf named worldwide cover athlete of EA's NHL 09 [press release]. Redwood City: Electronic Arts Inc.; 2008-06-09 [cited 2010-06-15].
  5. ^ a b c d e Samit Sarkar. Watch the NHL 10 international cover athletes do their thing; 2009-07-13 [Retrieved 2010-06-14].
  6. ^ EA Sports. Stanley Cup Champion Jonathan Toews the New Face of EA SPORTS NHL 11 [press release]. 21 June 2010 [cited 21 June 2010].
  7. ^ Jonas Elfving. Game reactor. Swedish. Sedin-bröderna på NHL 11-omslag [Needs translation]; 2010-06-23 [Retrieved 2010-06-23].
  8. ^ The Swiss And The Swedes Get Their Own NHL 11. 24 June 2010 [cited 24 June 2010].
  9. ^ / Jonas Hiller en couverture de NHL 12. 27 June 2011 [cited 27 June 2011].
  10. ^ Här är omslagen till NHL 14 EA Sports Club Edition - SHL.se (Swedish)

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