It has been 15 years since a goalie was selected as the cover athlete for NHL and probably EA and more importantly the fans realized that too. In 1997 it was Florida Panther’s goalie John Vanbiesbrouck who was chosen by EA for the honor and now Martin Brodeur of New Jersey Devils will grace the package.
For the second year in a row, EA chooses the cover athletes through a fan vote – a welcome step and Brodeur was chosen after getting the maximum votes out a total of 22 million beating Sergei Bobrovsky the goalie for Columbus Blue Jackets. The cover athlete contest for NHL 14 was started back in April and ended only recently – the new cover is out now.
This year also marks the completion of Brodeur’s 20 years as a goaltender and this could serve as a send off token for him since he might be retiring soon. He started back in the 1993 and since then has stuck with the New Jersey Devils. Pretty acclaimed for his career, he has nearly all the goalie related achievements and records for instance most playoff shoutouts, most minutes played, most career wins and most regular-season shoutouts.
Are you ready for the new collision physics that will be introduced in the NHL 14? The changes come from the Player Impact Engine of the FIFA games and might give an extra bit of realism to the gameplay of NHL as well. Other newer tools being used to make NHL 14 give the closest to real effect are the enhanced True Performance Skating engine which improves on the NHL 13 version by adding animations to the players and the Enforcer Engine that aids brawls to give users an experience pretty close to actual UFC games.
Fingers crossed for September 10th when the game hits the shelves for Xbox 360 and PS3 in US.