Tag:Jeremy Roenick
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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Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Jeremy Roenick reenacts Swingers scene

By: Adam Gretz

The video below, which comes via the folks at Hugging Harold Reynolds, features former NHL star Jeremy Roenick appearing in a reenactment of a scene from the 1996 movie Swingers. The original scene featured Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Patrick Van Horn playing a game of EA Sports NHL '93, with Roenick's character as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks being one of the focal points of the game and conversation (as well as making Wayne Gretzky's head bleed).

Last week many of you in the comments disagreed (strongly!) with my suggestion of adding Roenick to the NHL '12 legends series because there are more worthy players throughout the history of the game. And I don't disagree with that. My suggestion had little to do with his Roenick's status as one of the NHL's all-time greats (though, he was certainly an awesome player), and more to do with his status as a video game and pop culture icon, thanks in large part to EA Sports and this movie. It is, after all, just a video game.

Anyway, here's the clip (and there is probably some language that's deemed not safe for work, so if you're in the office, turn it down. And here's the original scene from the movie ... with language that's definitely not safe for the office.)...



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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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