Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Detroit Arena Renderings Released

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If all goes well, the Red Wings could be playing in a new arena in 2017. There are many hurdles left to clear but things are progressing finally. The organization released renderings of the new arena and its surrounding neighborhood. The arena design itself looks unlike anything anyone could have imagined for the Red Wings. Many people expected some sort of throwback look to the Olympia, but what they are proposing will leave all since of the word 'traditional' in the dust.
Click here to view the District Detroit Media kit for more information and renderings.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wild's New Scoreboard Coming Soon

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With the start of the 2014-15 Minnesota Wild season will come big change. That change will hang over center ice and stretch nearly to each blue line. The old scoreboard has already started to come down. The change in video board follows just over a year after the Nationwide Arena got a new board. That arena opened nearly the same time as Xcel Energy Center. Below is a rendering of the new scoreboard inside Xcel as well as the dismantling of the old scoreboard.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Goal Horn Section Now Open!

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As a hockey fan, we all notice the goal horns at games. They can accompany the greatest excitement for a hockey fan, or the greatest disappointment if you are rooting for the away team. Every NHL arena has one... or do they??? I have spent the last couple years compiling bits and pieces about as many horns as possible. You would think I would have much more info than this on them over that amount of time, but it turns out that many teams and arenas are not too eager to give out too much information about their game entertainment center piece. Most teams responded to me with at least a little information. To those teams I am very thankful! There are a few teams that failed to respond to any of my emails, and I must say that I was quite surprised and disappointed at their public relations practices.  Now we have a new section devoted to goal horns and we have some new information and photos!


First of all here are a few fun facts about goal horns:

  • Chicago was the first team to use a goal horn back in the 70's. 
  • In 1996, the NHL responded to the use of goal horns with a new set of rules regarding horns and music and when and how loud they could be played.
  • Two NHL teams currently use a recording of a goal horn rather than using a real horn. One of those teams will be discussed in part 1, the other in part 2.
  • Most of the leagues goal horns live up in the rafters, many of them out of sight. 
  • Several teams have horns that were originally on a vessel. 
  • In most cases, goal horns are NOT triggered by the controls that run the scoreboard. They are in no way tied into that system. 
  • Many teams that relocate to a new arena will bring their old goal horn along with them.
Ok, enough with that! Time to check out our new goal horn section! CLICK HERE

Also you can access the new section from the homepage by selecting Features, and then clicking on NHL Goal Horns.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Early Look At NHL 15 Ice Accruacy

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As the first screens and videos were released of the upcoming EA Sports NHL title, I obviously started to pay attention to the ice graphics to see how realistic they were. Given that the arena's so far have looked amazingly accurate, I imagined that the center ice designs would be equally authentic. However so far there have already been some glaring issues with several ices that we have seen. Of course it's early on and some photos/videos could be earlier builds but often these early issues end up in final product. It is not my intent to run down EA or their game in this article, but simply bring attention to these inaccuracies so that perhaps they will notice and correct them so that we end up with as many authentic ices as possible. Lets get started.

UPDATE: 
Stephen Rowe of EA Sports modeling: Great review and knowledge. You will be happy to know all the issues you pointed out have already been addressed. Licensing difficulties limit the authenticity of some arenas. I'm looking forward to reading your full review once the game is released. 


Boston Bruins
It is so nice to once again see the TD Garden logo on the ice for only the second time in hockey video game history. However what seems to be absent is the Bruins logos inside the red line. This is just one of several arenas so far that seem to have a solid red 'generic' red line. Of course this line has been used in the past and was in the game last year so its not a stretch to see it in the game this year.


Detroit Red Wings
So far it is hard to see much but from the screen shot EA released, I cannot see any problems.

Los Angeles Kings
Looks great!

 
Montreal Canadiens
The arena name is still there but look at that red line. That is not even last year's red line in NHL 14. That was the red line from NHL 13. Where did that even come from?



Pittsburgh Penguins
There's that generic red line showing up again. It is worth noting that the Penguins have used the same diamond red line since 1995, and recent versions of the game have had it right. Hopefully this is just a sign of a very early build.


I will update this page as we see more center ice designs from the game.


San Jose Sharks
Another solid red line where it shouldn't be, but isn't it nice to see an actual arena name on the ice at San Jose?


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Center Ice Tournament Champions

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Our fans have voted and the winner of the 2014 Center Ice Tournament is once again the Chicago Blackhawks! Thank you to all who have voted in the tournament this year! We had a great response!

Here are the previous champions...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hurricanes Discuss Center Ice Design

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In a recent edition of a recurring 'Tweetmail' feature on the Carolina Hurricanes web site, a fan asked why the Hurricanes chose not to go with a two logo center ice design as other teams have done in the past. They went into great detail about this decision and discussing some other designs that they have used in the past. Below is their answer from team rep Michael Smith as well as a few of our center ice designs added in as reference.

I found this question intriguing. The Canes have featured a large logo at center ice for years, and there’s not been much consideration to change it to a Montreal-style two-logo placement. Here’s why: The main reason is that the Canes’ primary logo is tilted, while the Canadiens’ logo is horizontal. Taking into account the tilt, the Canes’ logo would be much smaller squeezed into either semi-circle at center ice. The other is that Montreal’s logo, which features a C and an H, is read with the eye quite naturally. The correct way to view the Canes’ logo, on the other hand, isn’t quite as intrinsic. In short, the primary logo appears best as a large, dominant feature at center ice.

Aside from the RBC Center to PNC Arena transformation around the center ice circle, the Canes have had a few different center ice logos in the last six years. While the primary logo has been the main feature, the Canes have also highlighted the tenth anniversary logo (2007-08), the secondary warning flag logo when the third uniform set was unveiled (2008-09) and the All-Star logo (2010-11).

Michael went on to mention and link to our site thanks to the advice of Jared, the team's ice technician. We greatly appreciate this and please be sure to check out their site for more interesting topics covered in their Tweetmail.

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