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EA Sports takes Patrick Kane off of NHL 16’s cover


EA Sports announced that Patrick Kane will not appear on the cover of their upcoming video game NHL 16.

Here’s the statement they released on Wednesday:

If that tweet is giving you trouble, here’s the text of the release:

“In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16.

He will not appears on the cover nor participate in other promotional activities.”

The original plan called for Kane to be on the cover of the title with Jonathan Toews. It would have been a callback to the past, as Kane was the cover star for NHL 10 while Toews took over that role for NHL 11.

Instead, it appears that Toews will be alone for NHL 16:

ESPN’s Katie Strang reports that Kane, 26, may lose other sponsors depending upon how the ongoing rape investigation turns out.

Video: Brian Campbell’s campy campaign to be NHL 14’s cover star


Whether it’s the Florida Panthers’ doing or the work of EA Sports, Brian Campbell’s campaign-style video to be NHL 14’s cover star sports a desirable mixture of cheese and genuine laughs:

There’s plenty of good/cringe-inducing stuff in that video (the “Mmm … mmm … good” bit infringes on taste, if not copyrights), but the attacks on Kris Versteeg could use some tweaking.

While the karaoke clip begs for a full treatment, golden opportunities were missed to mock Versteeg in more meaningful ways.

Specifically, he should probably be teased for his hair from last season:

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Or his fantastic handlebar mustache from 2013:

source: Getty Images

Honestly, “Soupy” might need to pull out a few extra spin-o-ramas to beat that ‘stache and the Hulk Hogan hair.

2K Sports admits there will not be an NHL 2K12 game


It’s not totally correct to say that Electronic Arts’ upcoming NHL ’12 title won’t have any competition. After all, there are many other distractions (such as movies and actual hockey games on TV) and plenty of different video games to choose from. That being said, the software giant won’t have to deal with the most direct type of competition in the form of another major NHL simulation.

2K Sports admitted that they won’t release NHL 2K12 on any console. If you may remember, the company “took a year off” from releasing a title for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles but did release a game for the Wii and less traditional platforms such as iPads and iPhones. The Wii version received middling reviews and didn’t exactly break video game sales records, either.

The NHL2K series reached its critical heights during the Xbox/Playstation 2 era, but 2K Sports didn’t really have an answer once video games jumped to the “next generation.” EA revamped its NHL series with a well-received “skill stick” and regained its traditional title as a critical darling. (By all accounts, EA’s games out-sold the NHL2K series even when many felt that their titles were inferior, but the gap grew wider on new consoles.)

It’s true that the NHL2K series was running on fumes, but it’s still saddening to see the title disappear altogether. Now EA Sports will enter the market without major competition for the 2011-12 season. It is unclear if the company will release a sequel to it’s Wii-only title “NHL Slapshot” at this time. The game doubled NHL 2K12’s sales but it is unclear if that matches their goals for the title.

We’ll keep you up to date regarding the biggest announcements about hockey video games, which will be limited to EA Sports’ titles next season.