FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Like the long-time EA Sports slogan says: it’s in the game.
The ECHL announced that the Fort Wayne Komets and 26 other teams in the league, will be featured in this year’s NHL 17 hockey game, which is a video game.
The annual Electronic Arts installment will feature the “AA” North American hockey league for the first time in the franchise’s history. Home, road, and alternate third jerseys will be in the game, along with logos and complete rosters.
Fans can play as young stars and guide their careers from the ECHL to the American Hockey League to the NHL.
“We are very excited to be working with EA SPORTS and include the ECHL Teams in the NHL franchise,” said Ryan Crelin, Senior Vice President of Business Operations of the ECHL. “The NHL 17 product is an amazing gaming experience, and we are pleased to be able to allow our fans to engage with their favorite ECHL Club or Player within the game, interacting with our League beyond the in-arena experience.”
“Bringing the ECHL to NHL 17 is a great opportunity to give our fans more ways to connect with their favorite ECHL teams and players,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, Lead Producer of the EA SPORTS NHL® franchise. “This is something our players have wanted for a long time so it’s very exciting to deliver it and make the game even bigger this year.”
An official release date for NHL 17 has not been set, though the yearly games have come out in the second week of September in recent years. The game will be available for the Playstation 4 and XBox One gaming consoles.