NEW YORK – In coordination with ESL Gaming, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the first time The NHL Player Gaming Challenge ™ is presented by Honda – NHL Official Automotive Partner – featuring NHL players representing all 31 Clubs. In addition, the latest NHL franchise, NHL Seattle, will take part in the League’s latest #HockeyAtHome initiative. For four weeks, starting April 30, each Club will be represented by one or two current players and be displayed in a one-time match against another Club. Weekly matches, story lines, and broadcast details will be revealed at the beginning of each week. Activating this League esports at EA SPORTS ™ NHL®20 is a fun and unique way to engage hockey and game fans and is supported by the National Hockey League Players Association.
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The composition of talented players is confirmed for The NHL Player Gaming Challenge ™ is presented by Honda including Brady Tkachuk The Ottawa senator took his brother Matthew, who played for the Calgary Flames. The All-Star brothers will join a teammate Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy from Boston Bruins, Evander Kane San Jose Sharks, Evgeny Kuznetsov from the Washington Capitals, Alex DeBrincat Chicago Blackhawks, Tyler Johnson from Tampa Bay Lightning and Nurse Darnell Edmonton Oilers, as well as diligent gamers Zach Hyman Toronto Maple Leafs and Filip Forsberg from the Nashville Predator. NHL Seattle, which began playing in 2021-22, will be represented by the Seattle Seahawks, Luke Willson, who plays hockey while growing up in LaSalle, Ont.
Early Thursday, April 30Los Angeles Kings TV’s play-by-play broadcaster Alex Faust will hold a series of weekly battles, which will be released on Thursday and Saturday. NBC Sports will broadcast the first game series, including Calgary vs Ottawa and Columbus vs Winnipeg, starting at 5 pm ET on NBCSN as part of it Happy Hour Hockey programming. Sportsnet will broadcast certain episodes on Sportsnet ONE for four consecutive weeks, starting Friday, May 1 in 4 pm. ET with all matches available at Sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet NOW. All matches will also be broadcast on the NHL Network on-air programming or its Twitch channel.
“Over the past few weeks, the NHL, the Club and its player community have been very active with game initiatives in an effort to connect with fans while distancing socially – such as charity tournaments, simulation games and nightly streams,” said Chris Golier, NHL Vice President of Business Development and Innovation . “The NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda will take the game to a higher level. We know how competitive our players are, and coupled with interaction between players, this series of competitions will be very enjoyable to watch.”
That The NHL Player Gaming Challenge ™ is presented by Honda remind fans to stay safe, stay home and play together. With NHL Players flowing from the comfort of their homes, fans will feel how some of their favorite players keep their hockey skills sharp and handle the break of the 2019-20 NHL® season. ESL Gaming, a leader in esports, provides production, creative direction and logistical guidance for the event. All matches will be played using Sony PS4 game consoles.
Honda, NHL’s Official Automotive Partner in the United States and Canada, has supported the League esports initiative since the start of the NHL Gaming World Championship ™ in 2018.
“Even without direct hockey competition, Honda is committed to maintaining fan involvement by supporting NHL programming during the 2019-20 season break,” said Meliza Humphrey, Honda Car Advertising Manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We know this is a difficult time for many people including our dedicated NHL hockey fans and we are happy to help provide access to players and NHL battles in this virtual environment while supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.”
As the NHL community continues to practice social distance and take all necessary precautions so far, the League will continue to help fans stay connected with players and games by providing access to unique content and archived games. NHL Pause Binge ™ combining NHL video, editorial and digital content available on NHL.com, the NHL application, and on all NHL social channels.
PARTICIPANTS OF SCHEDULE IN THE CHLINGE GAMING NHL PLAYER ™ GAMES PROVIDED BY HONDA:
Anaheim Ducks: Cam Fowler
Arizona Coyotes: Conor Garland, Clayton Keller
Boston Bruins: Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy
Buffalo Sabers: Brandon Montour
Calgary Flames: Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk
Carolina Hurricanes: Warren Foegele
Chicago Blackhawks: Drake Caggiula, Alex DeBrincat
Columbus Blue Jacket: Elvis Merzlikins, Zach Werenski
Colorado Avalanche: J.T. Compher
Dallas Stars: Stephen Johns, Jamie Oleksiak
Detroit Redwings: Madison Bowey, Anthony Mantha
Edmonton Oilers: Caleb JonesNurse Darnell
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Huberdeau
Los Angeles Kings: Michael Amadio, Blake Lizotte
Minnesota Wild: Devan Dubnyk, Jordan Greenway
Montreal Canadiens: Victor Mete, Nick Suzuki
Nashville Predators: Filip Forsberg
New Jersey Devil: Mackenzie Blackwood
New York islanders: Matt Martin
New York Rangers: Chris Kreider
NHL Seattle: Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Ottawa Senator: Brady Tkachuk, Chris Tierney
Philadelphia Flyers: James van Riemsdyk
Pittsburgh Penguins: Zach Aston-Reese, Bryan Rust
San Jose Sharks: Evander Kane, Marcus Sorensen
St. Louis Blues: Colton Parayko, Robert Thomas
Tampa Bay Lightning: Tyler Johnson
Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman
Vancouver Canucks: Thatcher Demko, Adam Gaudette
Vegas Golden Knights: Ryan Reaves, Alex Tuch
Washington Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Winnipeg Jets: Anthony Bitetto, Kyle Connor