The athletes featured on EA Sports activities’ NHL 23 had been formally unveiled on Wednesday as Anaheim Geese ahead Trevor Zegras and Crew Canada ahead Sarah Nurse.
The collection of Zegras has been met with little shock contemplating the younger middle is coming off a very popular 12 months with the Geese.
Chosen ninth total by the staff within the 2019 NHL Draft, Zegras ultimately made his league debut throughout the 2020-21 season, showing in 24 video games and accumulating 13 factors. Coming into the 2021-22 season nonetheless qualifying as a rookie, Zegras tallied 23 objectives and 38 assists for 61 factors in 75 video games performed. His efficiency earned him the title of the Geese’ all-time rookie single-season scoring chief, passing Bobby Ryan’s earlier document of 57 factors, along with a second-place end within the 2022 Calder Trophy vote.
Zegras’ achievements nevertheless, weren’t restricted to his capability to get on the scoresheet. The 21-year-old additionally occurred to seize consideration throughout the league a number of instances all through this previous 12 months, attributable to his proclivity for making highlight-reel performs and scoring lacrosse-style ‘Michigan’ objectives. His notorious alley-oop help on Sonny Milano’s objective again in December went viral and has reportedly been added by EA Sports activities into NHL 23.
The collection of Nurse to be featured on the duvet alongside Zegras marks the primary time a girls’s hockey participant has ever graced the entrance of EA Sports activities’ NHL online game.
It was solely of their most up-to-date version (NHL 22) that girls’s gamers even turned part of the sport, after EA Sports activities added the nationwide staff rosters from the IIHF world championships. Whereas lengthy overdue, these additions have bolstered the simple expertise that exists in girls’s hockey.
And who higher to be a consultant of that then Nurse, 27, who lately confirmed off her distinctive talent on the world stage. Successful gold with Crew Canada in Beijing on the 2022 Winter Olympics, Nurse recorded 5 objectives and 13 assists for 18 factors in simply seven video games.
Nurse has had an total unbelievable profession up to now, starting from her college days to enjoying on the skilled stage to representing her nation (and successful medals doing so). She is about to play for Canada within the 2022 IIHF Girls’s World Championship in Denmark, which begins its qualifying spherical Thursday.
NHL 23 might be launched on Oct. 14, with extra particulars and options in regards to the latest version set to be introduced later this week.