EA Sports Gives a Wink to Montreal Canadiens Legends

Dominic PampalonAnalyst IAugust 20, 2008

As the NHL authorities denied an outdoors game to the most glorious franchise of the history of the league in its 100th-anniversary season, a video game maker has decided to add a "dream team" consisting of the top 21 players who ever played for the Montreal Canadiens.

Electronic Arts (EA) has renewed the NHL series, and Montreal fans are going to be delighted. Just imagine taking control of "The Rocket" to fill up the opposing net. Or having Dryden use Patrick Roy's butterfly style to keep the puck out.

The 2009 edition of NHL '09 will bring together many of the great Montreal players from different eras, such as Guy "Flower" Lafleur, Bernard “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, Toe Blake, Dickie Moore, Bob Gainey, Yvan Cournoyer, Steve Shutt, Henri Richard, Howie Morenz, and Jacques Lemaire—as well as defensemen Emile “Butch” Bouchard, Jacques Laperriere, and Doug Harvey.

This dream team will be available in all game modes and will be featured in the Centennial Tournament.

In the Centennial Tournament, players will have to go through an eight-team bracket to earn the chance to lace up their skates against these legends of hockey.

EA has given a glimpse of the past to the younger generations, so they can see a piece of this great franchise's history.

I welcome this not only as a great feature, but more importantly as a backhander across the NHL's face—especially to half-man Bettman who is now half of a half-man.

Congratulations to EA—and THANK YOU!

Please see http://www.easports.com/nhl09/ for more details on the game.

I will buy this game for sure since I have joined an online league. There are many online leagues ou there. If you want to know how it works, see http://crashthenet.ca/community/. Come on in and enjoy the greatest sport on earth: HOCKEY!