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Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Stars Join EA’s NHL 13

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:29 am by Justin Cavender


Electronic Arts Inc., announced today that EA SPORTS NHL 13 has added female athletes as playable characters. Superstars Angela Ruggiero (Team USA), and Hayley Wickenheiser (Team Canada), both four-time Olympic Ice Hockey medalists, are playable legends in NHL 13. NHL Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri, will also be added to the roster of legends.

“With the release of NHL 12 we added generic female characters in our Be a Pro mode based on a request from a 14-yr old female fan who emailed our staff because she felt underrepresented as a hockey videogame fan,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, NHL, EA SPORTS. “This year we are very excited to continue our effort of creating a more representative experience for female hockey fans by adding two of the greatest female athletes to ever play the game in Wickenheiser and Ruggiero to NHL 13.”

Legends Integration in NHL 13

Legends in NHL 13 will be integrated across several modes:

  • Be A Legend – gamers will experience the glory of playing their entire Be A Pro career as a legend as they attempt to shatter the most impressive records in hockey, achieve legendary milestones and complete legends tasks.
  • Legends teams – Play as the legends team, Team Ruggiero or Team Wickenheiser, which are comprised of legends and current NHL greats in head-to-head play – within Play Now, Online and Battle for the Cup modes. Players on Team Ruggiero and Team Wickenheiser were selected by each athlete, respectively.
  • Hockey Ultimate Team & Be a GM  Gamers will have the ability to add legends to any team roster in Be a GM mode, or collect ultra-rare legends cards and use them within their Hockey Ultimate Team experience.

Headlined by allnew True Performance Skating, and supported by an innovative new A.I. system dubbed EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q.NHL 13 will deliver a revamped gameplay experience that accurately captures the speed, creativity and strategy of NHL hockey. In addition, NHL 13 will also deliver new experiences that connect hockey fans to their friends and the real world of hockey with the all-new GM Connected and NHL Moments Live modes.

The NHL 13 demo is available for download now on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. NHL 13 hits shelves on September 11, 2012 in North America and September 14, 2012 in Europe.


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    • Mr. The Plague

      Well that's pretty cool. Girl Power!

    • Really cool for female players.

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