NHL 11 Getting Canadian Hockey Teams Thanks to EA and CHL Partnership
Written Monday, May 24, 2010 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
EA and the CHL have announced a four year partnership that will see the three regional leagues - the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - all appear with their teams and players fully represented in NHL 11.
That's 51 Canadian and 9 American teams with players aged 16-20. 47% of the NHL's players from the 2009 draft came from the CHL leagues, making it the number one provider of talent to the NHL.
"The CHL is very excited to partner with an industry leader like EA Sports to create a brand new way for CHL fans to associate with their favourite CHL teams and players," said David Branch, President of the CHL. "This opportunity also provides EA Sports fans around the world the ability to learn more about the next wave of NHL stars as they compete in the best development league in the world."
The 2010 NHL draft may also be the fourth consecutive year that a CHL player has been selected first overall and four of the last five players to be star on the cover of NHL games are CHL graduates.
With the EA and CHL deal, the Mastercard Memorial Cup will now feature in NHL 11 and the 60 teams will tie-in to Be A Pro, Be A GM, Tournament Mode, Season Mode and Playoff Mode.
NHL 11 is set to slide into stores this September 2010.