Tag:Chris Chelios
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 12, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 9:41 am

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

BourqueBy: Adam Gretz

If you're a gamer and patiently waiting to pick up a copy of EA Sports NHL '12 when it hits the shelves in September, you're going to have an opportunity to use some of the NHL's greatest all-time players in this year's version of the game.

On Friday EA Sports announced the first three legends that will appear in the game: Wayne Gretzky, Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque, and Chris Chelios sporting his Chicago Blackhawks gear (he also spent many years -- and won Stanley Cups -- with the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings).

They still need to announce the remaining six legends, and based on the images they've released (blank silhouettes) there is at least one goaltender in the group, and Patrick Roy seems like he would be a solid bet.

Personally, and if EA Sports had a sense of humor about this, I would love to see Jeremy Roenick make the cut, simply because his spot in the '94 version of the game is regarded as one of the best video game players ever (yes, people track these things). It was also part of an iconic moment in 1990's popular culture in the film Swingers (adult language in this clip). Unlikely? Sure. But I can still have my sentimental dreams.

Of course, narrowing it down to just nine players (the three we already know of plus the six yet-to-be-announced) is a difficult task that will never please everybody.

You can check out a quick trailer that helps us get an idea as to what the legends will look like in action over at the EA Sports website.

Photo: EA Sports

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 3:15 pm

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

By: Adam Gretz

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five new members on Monday, introducing its 2011 class of Keith Tkachuk, Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Ed Snider and Mike Emrick.

Ron DeGregorio, President of USA Hockey called it an "extraordinary class" that had a positive impact on every level of hockey in the United States, while three of this year's class (Chelios, Suter and Tkachuk) were part of the 1996 team that won the World Cup of hockey

A few highlights on the new inductees:
  • Mike Emrick becomes the first media member to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and has spent almost 40 years broadcasting games. He recently left the New Jersey Devils broadcast booth to take on a full-time role with NBC.
  • Ed Snider is the current owner and founder of the Philadelphia Flyers as they were one of six teams to join the NHL in 1967, marking the first major expansion in the league's history. He's already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders category.
  • Keith Tkachuk played over 1,200 games in his NHL career and scored 538 goals, good enough for 30th on the All-Time list, and is one of just four Americans (along with Joe Mullen, Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano) to score at least 500 goals in the NHL. He's also represented the United States on the international stage and has won a Silver Medal (2002) and was also a member of the 1996 team that won the World Cup of Hockey.
  • Chris Chelios played in four different Olympic games and spent 26 seasons in the NHL, including the 2009-10 season where he appeared in seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers at the age of 48. In 1,651 games he scored 185 goals and was as tough as any defenseman in the league. He was a member of three Stanley Cup winning clubs, including the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, as well as two different championships with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.
  • Gary Suter was a member of the 1988 Calgary Flames team that won the Stanley Cup, and throughout his 17-year career spent time with the Flames, Blackhawks and Sharks. He scored 203 goals and was the NHL's rookie of the year following the 1985-86 season.
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