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NHL 14 – Live The Life

The developers of NHL have released more details on their upcoming NHL 14, scheduled to release September 10 in North America.

Details about the new Be A Pro mode, entitled ‘Live The Life’ have been released!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnBIWi-MQHA[/youtube]

This mode is set to resemble the My Career mode in the NBA 2K series, players can now talk to the media through player interviews, conduct off-the-ice moments which influences stats and receive endorsements just like the pros, isn’t that right Doug Gilmour?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Q-fDldTkk[/youtube]

Full details on the new Live The Life mode can be found at the link below:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-live-the-life

Don’t forget to pre-order NHL 14 for exclusive pre-order content at your favourite game retailers! Details on NHL 14 pre-order bonuses can be found at the following link:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-pre-order

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NHL 14 Gameplay Improvements – Stick Skillzz.. Skills

The developers of NHL have released more details on their upcoming NHL 14, scheduled to release September 10 in North America.

You want to pull off some sweet skillz in NHL 14? Check out this trailer yo..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkytiyUDUMg[/youtube]

Puck chops now work using the RB/R1 button on your particular controller, and then using the right analog stick, to direct it every which way but loose.

Faceoffs now don’t favour spammers, with those getting in early with their initial grip, and with good timing and skillz, getting the faceoff, and the momentum.

Full details on the new Stick Skills can be found at the link below:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-gameplay-improvements-stick-skills

Don’t forget to pre-order NHL 14 for exclusive pre-order content at your favourite game retailers! Details on NHL 14 pre-order bonuses can be found at the following link:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-pre-order

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NHL 14 Dynamic Ratings Updates

The developers of NHL have released more details on their upcoming NHL 14, scheduled to release September 10 in North America.

NHL 14 will now feature a dynamic ratings system for “Play Now” and “Online Versus” mode, based on how they play in real-life!

For example, if Sidney Crosby performs well over a stretch of games, then his in-game character will get a ratings boost, whereas if Crosby played poorly for a stretch, then his in-game character’s ratings will decrease.

You’ll be able to check which players are on a “hot” or “cold” streak but checking in the edit lines screen, or the Starting Lineups loading screen and checking a player singularly will tell you which categories are changed based on their streak.

Full details on the new Dynamic Ratings can be found at the link below:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-dynamic-ratings

Don’t forget to pre-order NHL 14 for exclusive pre-order content at your favourite game retailers! Details on NHL 14 pre-order bonuses can be found at the following link:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-pre-order

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NHL 14 Demo!.. Coming soon..

Thaaaaaaaat’s right. The NHL 14 demo will be released in late August for the Playstation Network and Xbox Live.

For the past two years at least, if I’m not mistaken, the demo has released around two-three weeks before the release date of the latest NHL game. The released date is scheduled to be September 10 in North America, so expect the release of this demo to be around the 20th-27th August.

FULL DETAILS: http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-demo

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NHL 14 Online Modes Improvements

The developers of NHL have released more details on their upcoming NHL 14, scheduled to release September 10 in North America.

Several online modes have been tweaked and improved, allowing for a more accessible and enjoyable experience for online hockey players old and new.

EA Sports Hockey League Online Seasons is hockey’s version of seasons used in the FIFA franchise, complete with promotion/relegation setup through ten divisions, with online matchups based on which division you are in.

The playoff experience will last longer. Players will now have two chances to advance in the playoffs, being able to retry if they are unable to move on the first time.

Full details on the Online Modes Improvements can be found at the link below:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-online-modes-improvements

Don’t forget to pre-order NHL 14 for exclusive pre-order content at your favourite game retailers! Details on NHL 14 pre-order bonuses can be found at the following link:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-pre-order

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2013-14 Season Schedule Released

With the announcement of NHL players being able to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the NHL released the schedule for the upcoming 2013-13 NHL season. This season will include the Winter Classic, which was cancelled last season due to the lockout, but will include the two teams that were meant to play in the Winter Classic, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Also included are five more outdoor games as well as the Winter Classic. Ottawa and Vancouver will contest the 2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic, and the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will be four matchups, involving the Anaheim Ducks against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium, New York Rangers versus New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers versus New York Islanders, both taking place in Yankee Stadium and Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field.

There will be a break from Feb 9-25, to make way for the Winter Olympics, where the majority of NHL players will be taking part.

DATES OF IMPORTANCE

Training Camp Opens — Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013

Exhibition Games Begin — Friday, Sept. 13

Regular Season Opens — Tuesday, Oct. 1

Hall of Fame Game — Friday, Nov. 8

Christmas Break — Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26

2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic — Tuesday, Jan. 1 2014

Hockey Day In Canada — Saturday, Jan. 18

NHL Stadium Series — Ducks @ Kings — Saturday, Jan. 25

NHL Stadium Series — Rangers @ Devils — Sunday, Jan. 26

NHL Stadium Series — Rangers @ Islanders — Wednesday, Jan. 29

NHL Stadium Series — Penguins @ Blackhawks — Saturday, March 1

2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic — Senators @ Canucks — Sunday, March 2

Olympic Break — Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25

Last Day of Regular Season — Sunday, Apr. 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin — Wednesday, Apr. 16

For full schedule details, including team by team schedules, visit NHL.com.

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New Division Names!!

Six divisions have now become four, as the NHL released the names of the new divisions, which will be in place starting from the 2013-14 season.

The Atlantic Division will consist of: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Metropolitan Division will consist of: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The Central Division will consist of: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The Pacific Division will consist of: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

The Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will make up the Eastern Conference, whilst the Central and Pacific will be the Western Conference. Detroit and Columbus are moving to the East, and Winnipeg is moving West. The schedule makes sure that all 30 teams will play in all 30 arenas at least once in the regular season.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still be made up of 16 teams, but qualifying for the dance has been modified. The top three from each division will automatically qualify, and the final four spots will be made up of ‘wild card’ teams from both conferences, regardless of division, meaning it is possible for one division to send five teams, and the other only send three to the playoffs.

The playoff seedings will still be based on points earned in the regular season. The winner of the conference, who will be the division winner with the highest points,  will face the wild-card team with the fewest points. Second in the conference, and the other division winner, will face the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

The four winners will advance on to play for a berth in the conference championship series, with the winner of the conference advancing to the Stanley Cup.

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Guess Who’s Going To Sochi

The NHL and NHLPA have made an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), to allow NHL players to participate in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

Since Nagano in 1998, NHL’ers have been able to represent their respective countries, and 2014 will be no different with an estimated 120 or more players, weill be representing the 12 countries competing.

The NHL schedule will take a break from February 9, 2014 to February 26, 2014, to allow the NHl’ers to participate without the NHL franchises they play for being affected by their loss. This also means that Team USA and Team Canada will be favourites once again,along with Team Russia, who would still have been affected if this deal didn’t go through, but not as much due to the strength of the KHL.

The preliminary rounds will be made up of three groups, consisting of four teams each. Group A will have Russia, Slovenia, Sl0vakia and the United States. Group B sees Austria take on Canada, Finland and Norway, whereas Group C will see the Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland and Sweden do battle.

Full schedule details can be found by clicking this LINK, which will take you to the IIHF website.

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NHL 14 EA Sports Hockey I.Q. Gameplay Improvements Trailer

The developers of NHL have released more details on their upcoming NHL 14, scheduled to release September 10 in North America.

Details about the new Gameplay Improvements – Hockey I.Q. can be found by watching the following trailer:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ1IUtI96B4[/youtube]

Full details on the new EA Sports Hockey I.Q. can be found at the link below:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-gameplay-improvements-hockey-iq

Don’t forget to pre-order NHL 14 for exclusive pre-order content at your favourite game retailers! Details on NHL 14 pre-order bonuses can be found at the following link:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news-updates-gameplay/article/nhl-14-pre-order

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2013 Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

Four men and one woman will be inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 11, 2013, in Toronto. Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Ray Shero were voted in by the Hall’s 18-member selection committee on Tuesday July 9.

Scott Niedermayer played 1263 regular season games in the NHL, for 740 points (172G, 568A), and 202 playoff games for 98 points (25G, 73A). He also won two Olympic Gold Medals for Canada (2002, 2010), the World Junior Championship (1991), World Championship (2004), and the World Cup of Hockey (2004).

Chris Chelios started in the NHL in the 1983-84 season, and played his last season in 2009-10. A career spanning 27 years, Chelios racked up 1,651 NHL Games, 185 Goals and 763 assists in the regular season alone. Three Stanley Cups and Three Norris Trophys to go with the Silver Medal he won as part of Team USA during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Brendan Shanahan is one of only five people (including Scott Niedermayer), that is a member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold medal (2002), World Championship (1994), and Stanley Cup (1997, 1998, 2002)), that are also in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Shanahan also scored 134 points in the playoffs, to go with the 1354 he scored in the regular season.

Geraldine Heaney won seven Gold Medals, as a member of the Canadian Women’s hockey team at the IIHF World Women’s Championship, becoming the only woman to win Gold in the first seven Championships. She also won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics, and Gold in 2002 as a member of Team Canada.

Fred Shero made the playoffs in eight of his ten seasons he coached in the NHL, only missing in the first and last years of his NHL coaching career. Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup in 1974-75 and 1975-76, as well as various minor championships including the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL in 1970 (also won AHL Coach of the Year) and the Omaha Knights of the CHL the following season.