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Video: NHL 16’s trailer features mascots, coach speeches


You may understandably be unaware with the 2015 Stanley Cup Final heading into its final stretch, but video games are also in the spotlight this week with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (or “E3”).

With the exception of a few indie games, EA Sports’ NHL series is basically the only hockey show in town. After the polarizing release of NHL 15, the next title NHL 16 has some work to do. Perhaps this trailer will turn a few heads?

Polygon caught up with the development team, and one big aspect seems to be receiving more attention: passing.

Until this point, EA’s NHL games have forced skaters into a glide as they receive a pass. Players will now be able to receive a pass while accelerating or turning. New puck pickups are designed to lead to smoother transitions to the player’s next move.

That doesn’t sound like a revolutionary change, but those disappointed with the most recent release will probably be glad to see all the returning features in NHL 16. See a full list here.

Now, if they’d just add icon passing and Be a Mascot mode …

Sights around the All-Star Game Fan Fair and fantasy draft


Taking a walk around downtown Raleigh yesterday, you can’t help but notice how much this city is going bonkers over the All-Star Game. Every light post has a banner, every hotel is recognizing the game in some fashion, and there’s hockey-themed everything all over town and in every bar and restaurant.

Some fans throw insults towards the Hurricanes for being a southern hockey team, but if one was to judge the city and the fans based on this weekend alone, you’d have a hard time thinking this place is anything but a hockey town. Raleigh loves the Hurricanes and with good reason too. They’ve got a fine corps of young players and a team that despite missing the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, the fans adore this team. Being rewarded with the All-Star Weekend is being willingly accepted by the city.

As for how things look around here… Here’s a few photos from around the Raleigh Convention Center which is hosting the NHL Fan Fair and hosted the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft last night. If you’ve got a distinct fear of mascots, you might want to hide under a blanket. (You can click on any of the photos to see them in huge, grand glory)

The main thing to take note of inside the Fan Fair was the set up they had for the All-Star Fantasy Draft.

While rolling through there, it was interesting to note the assigned seating they had for the players.

Ovechkin sitting next to Fleury? Well all right then.

Upon walking into the Raleigh Convention Center, I was immediately greeted by a cavalcade of furry, welcoming NHL friends. Here we’ve got Louie from the St. Louis Blues and Fin the Whale from Vancouver.

The other amusing and potentially really wallet-punishing  part of the Fan Fair comes from the folks selling memorabilia. You’ve got all the traditional stuff from pucks to cards to jerseys all autographed, but it’s the random stuff I’m more interested in and I very nearly made a rash purchase.

Tell me you’ve never seen Wayne Gretzky look more dapper than with a bright red umbrella on his head.

We’ll have more sights from around RBC Center today as the true tailgating begins in earnest. We’ve always been told that no one does tailgating right the way the Hurricanes fans do. We’ll see how things shake out today and tomorrow.

The latest addition to the Panthers’ injured reserve: Stanley C. Panther?


It seems like Southeast Division mascots are making almost as many headlines as their surprisingly competitive teams have generated this season.

First, the Atlanta Thrashers attempted to spotlight their successful start to 2010-11 by running a comical “Free Thrash” campaign. Now it seems like the Florida Panthers’ Stanley C. Panther is dealing with some trouble, too, although his costume might be found on the injured reserve rather than a fictional police report.

On Frozen Pond’s George Richards passes along word from the Panthers that their mascot is dealing with “an undisclosed injury while attempting to hurdle a folding chair” on December 17th. Clearly, such a report shows just how secretive the world of sports mascots might be, as the team didn’t even say whether it was an “upper body injury” or a “lower body injury.”

Luckily, area mascots have pledged their support for their fallen (fake) furry comrade, according to Richards.

The team says the mascot is “currently confined to a wheelchair” but will still attend home games as he recovers.

“However, in support of his recovery, local South Florida mascots Billy the Marlin (Marlins), Sebastian the Ibis (Hurricanes), Burnie (Heat) and T.D. (Dolphins) will be at the BankAtlantic Center tonight, when the Cats take on the Bruins, and at various other home games while Stanley is still on the mend.”

Fans can sign a get-well card for the big cat at the games.

No word on whether you can sign a card for players Radek Dvorak, Cory Stillman, Rostislav Olesz and Byron Bitz as they recover from their injuries as well.

It never hurts to have a sense of humor, and when you’re in a non-traditional market like Sunrise, Florida, it might be flat-out wise to do so. Now, if the Panthers could follow in the Thrashers’ foot steps and start making a difference on the ice, they’ll really be onto something.