NHL 20

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NHL 20
NHL20 Cover.jpg
Cover art featuring Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Developer(s)EA Vancouver
Publisher(s)EA Sports
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseSeptember 13, 2019
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

NHL 20 is an ice hockey simulation video game developed by EA Vancouver and published by EA Sports. It was released globally on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 13, 2019. It is the 29th installment in the NHL video game series and features Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews as the official and North American cover athlete,[1] and would return as the cover athlete in NHL 22.[2] Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks was named the cover athlete for the Swedish cover, and Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets was named the Finnish cover athlete for the second year in a row.[3]


NHL 20 introduces new game modes such as Squad Battles in Hockey Ultimate team. The game features a new commentary team, with James Cybulski as the play-by-play announcer, and Ray Ferraro being promoted to the main color commentator. Cybulski and Ferraro replace the NHL on NBC duo of Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, whom Ferraro worked with on previous NHL video games. Consequently, the NHL on NBC graphics package and score bugs have been removed and replaced with a generic EA Sports graphics package and score bug.[4] Cybulski and Ferraro will be joined by other celebrity guests (i.e., rapper Snoop Dogg) for certain games.[5] Expansion Mode is also available, with the user adding a 32nd team to the league. Although the default team in this mode is named "Seattle 32nd Franchise" (to reflect the upcoming real-life Seattle Kraken that will begin play in 2021), any city and team name combination can be used, and the league will be realigned accordingly.

During the 2019 NHL Awards, EA announced that NHL 20 would be getting a new shooting engine powered by RPM to reflect signature shots of players such as P. K. Subban and Alexander Ovechkin.[6] World of CHEL now has challenges, weekly in-game events and more.


NHL 20 received "generally favorable" reviews for the PS4[8] and Xbox One[7] versions of the game, according to Metacritic.


The game was nominated for "Sports Game of the Year" at the 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards,[9] and won the award for "Game, Franchise Sports" at the NAVGTR Awards.[10]


  1. ^ "NHL 20". Electronic Arts.
  2. ^ Arts, Electronic (August 19, 2021). "NHL 22 - This is Breakthrough Hockey - EA SPORTS". Electronic Arts Inc. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  3. ^ EA staff (August 6, 2019). "EA SPORTS - NHL 20 Nordic Cover Athletes - Elias Pettersson and Patrik Laine". Electronic Arts. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Peek, Jan Ole (July 26, 2019). "NHL 20 Announcers Revealed by EA Canada". GuideStash.com. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Makuch, Eddie (June 21, 2019). "NHL 20 Game From EA Revealed: Battle Royale, Cover Star, Release Date, New Commentary Team, And More". GameSpot. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "NHL 20 - New Features Overview". Electronic Arts.
  7. ^ a b "NHL 20 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "NHL 20 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Chalk, Andy (January 13, 2020). "Control and Death Stranding get 8 nominations each for the 2020 DICE Awards". PC Gamer. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "2019 Winners". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. February 24, 2020. Retrieved February 25, 2020.

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