CHL teams featured in NHL11

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

BRANDON — Most young hockey players have created video game characters of themselves and played in an NHL game.

But not Taylor Hall.

“Me personally? Never,” the Windsor Spitfires star said when asked how many times he’s played as ‘Hall’ on an NHL video game.

“But throughout the Memorial Cup, I’ve got a really good record against my teammates in NHL10.”

Fellow top prospect Tyler Seguin admitted he had.

“I was on the Detroit Red Wings because I wanted to be like Steve Yzerman.”

Junior hockey players will never have to do the work of creating their own players again.

EA Sports announced yesterday all 60 CHL teams will be included in NHL11, set to be released this fall.

The logos from all junior teams — along with individual player likenesses of every player on a CHL roster — and the unique rinks the clubs play in will all be part of the new game.

WHL commissioner Ron Robison said being included in the popular game will be huge for junior hockey.

“It allows us to become even closer associated with our major partner, the National Hockey League, and to demonstrate to fans world-wide what a great game we have in the Canadian Hockey League,” Robison said.

“We’re fortunate EA Sports chose to come forward and partner with us on this product.”

QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau said the new game will help sell the junior game.

“It’s going to be an extra opportunity for our fans across the CHL to know more about our players through the new video game with EA Sports,” Courteau said.

Robison said players would not receive any sort of payment for the use of their likenesses.

“We view this purely as a promotional exercise,” Robison said. “There’s no financial benefit to the Canadian Hockey League, our teams or our players.

“We were delighted to be asked to be a part of it.

“It’s not a commercial venture. It’s to elevate the awareness of our product and connects us with the younger fanbase.

“We think this is a great way to get there.”

It sounds like it’s enough for Seguin.

“I’m not too good at NHL,” Seguin said. “I am pretty good at Call of Duty.

“But with this new game coming out, and playing as myself, hopefully I’ll get a bit better at video games.”


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