There’s only one 99 in hockey, but in video game hockey there are several – actually, there are a few 100s, too.
In EA Sports’ NHL series, players are given an overall rating that reflects their skill level, based on the hockey prowess of the real-life player. EA’s sports games come out for the year ahead (NHL ’94 was released in ’93, for example, ahead of the ’93/’94 hockey season), so player ratings are based on the past year’s performance. Before patches and online updates were the norm, player ratings could get out of date pretty quickly. I thought it’d be interesting to look back and see which players lived up to their scores, and which ones maybe didn’t deserve them in the first place. Continue reading →
The Dauphin Kings, an MJHL hockey team where I live, Dauphin, Manitoba, recently held its second annual Ukrainian Night, featuring: the kielbasa toss! Dennis Beyak, who does play-by-play on TSN for the Winnipeg Jets, dropped the puck before the game, and there was even a mattress race. ‘T’was a heckuva good time.
Let it be known that this is a gaming blog. Hockey’s a game. Hockey’s awesome (I am.. not awesome at hockey). So here’s some video I took of Ukrainian Night, between the Dauphin Kings and Virden Oil Capitals, on January 28th, 2017.