Tag:Borje Salming
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 5:42 pm
 

NHL '12 legends are complete

By: Adam Gretz

EA Sports unveiled the final two players for the NHL '12 legends feature on Thursday, and they are former Penguins center Mario Lemieux and Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe.

With these two names finally announced we now know the nine players that will be included: Lemieux, Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios, Ray Bourque, Jeremy Roenick, Borje Salming, Patrick Roy and Steve Yzerman. Almost all of the names are relatively recent, and it's hard to really believe something is celebrating the NHL's "legends" when it doesn't include a player like Bobby Orr, for example.

The only two players that appeared in the NHL before 1979 are Salming (he played for the Maple Leafs starting in 1973) and Howe (he made his NHL debut in 1946). Everybody else started their careers within the past 30 years. Still, it's an interesting part of the game that will allow users to add these players to any team.

You can check out the trailer featuring Lemieux and Howe at the EA Sports website.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 9:09 am
 

More EA Sports legends: Roenick, Roy, Yzerman

NHL12

By: Adam Gretz

Last week EA Sports announced the first three players that will be included in the NHL '12 legends feature, and they were Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque and Chris Chelios. On Wednesday a few more names were revealed, including Patrick Roy, who appears to be the only goaltender among the nine legends, Steve Yzerman and, yes, Jeremy Roenick. It also appears that former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming will be in the game, even though his name hasn't officially been announced (he appeared in a video featuring Yzerman).

The announcement of Roenick comes just one day after he showed up in a video reenacting the classic Swingers scene that included his dominating appearance in earlier versions of the EA Sports hockey games. I suggested Roenick last week not knowing he was actually going to be included (and yes, I am happy he's included).

The selection of Roy is probably expected, and it's not really a shock to see Yzerman included as well (the trailer even shows him a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform skating next to Steven Stamkos). The surprising name appears to be Salming. He was an excellent player for the Maple Leafs in the 1970s and 80s, and was probably one of the first European players to become a star in the NHL. He's a Hockey Hall of Famer (class of 1996) and had four straight seasons with at least 71 points between 1976 and 1980, so it's not like he wasn't an important player, or an outstanding one. But it's still a surprising addition. Heck, if you told me a former Maple Leafs player from Sweden was going to be in the game, Salming wouldn't have been my first guess (that would have been Mats Sundin).

Check out the trailer featuring Roenick and Roy over at EA Sports. There are still two more legends to be named.

Photo: EA Sports

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