Monday, August 31, 2009

NHL2K10 video game

I havent purchased any NHL video games in several years, but I may have to now that they have vintage jerseys and now according to this article (courtesy of Sean Leahy GFH) they have added "winter classic" mode to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium or Wrigley Field.
Also they now have the Hartford Whalers!

Realism. It's the main component that gamers desire in each game they play, specifically sports games. Gamers want detailed faces on players, authentic jerseys with special patches and stadiums that aren't the same template multiplied 30 times.
NHL 2K10, releasing on Sept. 15, is adding not one but two outdoor game modes this year's game. Players will have the choice of using either an outdoor pond setting or either or the venues used during the last two Winter Classics: Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
That's not all: One of the many things desired by hockey gamers since both 2KSports and EA Sports began adding vintage jerseys into their games has been the inclusion of the
Hartford Whalers. Well, crank up the Brass Bonanza.
Check out another Winter Classic/outdoor hockey option:
According to 2K Sports, the Winter Classic modes will only be available when choosing an arena during a Quick Game and will not be included in a season or franchise mode. If players choose any of the four teams that have participated in the previous two outdoor games, the throwback jerseys will be selectable options along with the team's current set.
Meanwhile, remember the Whale?
The City of Hartford owns the copyright to the Whalers name and logo, which has been a roadblock for many merchandisers and video game companies in the past, but in NHL 2K10 gamers will have the chance to rock out to "
Brass Bonanza" and choose their favorite defunct NHL team's threads in game play.
2K Sports said that they were cleared by the National Hockey League to include the Whalers name and logo into the game, so hopefully that roadblock is gone forever for future hockey video games. The game will also feature plenty of other classic jerseys like the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques and Minnesota North Stars among others.
The gameplay for NHL 2K10 has been revamped and expect to see stick lifts, stumble shots, better stick handling, new 1-on-1 moves and a new system of dekes
for cover boy Alexander Ovechkin(notes). Online play has been upgraded for 2K10 allowing gamers to take their created teams online and see how their unique players stack up against others.
If you're looking for playoff beards, NHL 2K10 will have them and some players will be able to grow full beards a la
Max Talbot(notes) while others will struggle with the ability to grow facial hair over the course of a playoff run.
Each arena in NHL 2K10 will have it's own different feel to it. You'll know if you're playing inside the United Center in Chicago or Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. The lightning detail and remodeled look will give each arena its own unique atmosphere.
For those who own a Wii, 2KSports hasn't forgotten about you. Online play has been added for the first time and gamers will be able to take part in the exclusive Mii Superskills mode that lets you play in 5 different events while controlling your Mii.
All in all, while EA Sports' NHL series has been king for quite some time in the video hockey game market, 2K Sports has been making significant strides over the years. It looks as if NHL 2K10 is ready to make a serious challenge to the throne that EA has dominated.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

2009-2010 TV Schedule

The tv schedule for the Versus Network and for the NHL on NBC. (thanks to Puck the Media)

W.H.A. Memories

Reg Fleming and Bobby Hull go at it in Hull's return to Chicago. The Jets vs Cougars.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Team Spotlight

Today's team spotlight is on the new team in ECHL this season, the Toledo Walleye.

They are the ECHL affiliate for both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Redwings and will play in the new Lucas County Arena in Toledo.

The 2009-2010 season opens with 5 home games starting Oct 16th against the Florida Everblades in the first 3 games.


Fans of the Indiana Ice and the USHL here is another good blog to follow
Keeps up to date on all the goings on in the USHL and all the teams.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Team Spotlight

This week we drop by The Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. They have just released their schedule for the 2009-2010 season.
They also have a new assistant coach this season, again proving old Ice players never go to far away.

Jim Balsillie sets Sept. 14 deadline for Coyotes deal - NHL -

Only the NHL would be so stupid to keep a team in a city where it is losing 30 million a year and assume that with the right management and improved product on ice it would start making money. The modern day NHL's bias towards Canada is so obvious in this case and its a shame.
It just boggles the mind that they have someone to buy it and move it to where it might actually make money next season and seasons after that, but they just want to try and tell everyone that hockey will work in the desert.

Jim Balsillie sets Sept. 14 deadline for Coyotes deal - NHL -

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

The old Indianapolis Ice players never go away

The "new" team in AHL, The Abbotsford Heat, has announced that Jim Playfair will be the new head Coach. Abbotsford is in British Columbia and they are the top minor league affiliate for the Calgary Flames. The Flames moved their minor league franchise to BC after 2 season in the Quad Cities IL.

2008-2009 Goals of the Year

Here is look at the Goals of The Year for 2008-2009 season

Drop the Puck!

Lets drop the puck on this blog with an interesting list from Puck Daddy "Five Reasons I love Hockey"
I will try and Post my list very soon. Give me your list. I can't wait to see those.

Welcome Hockey Fans!

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