Thursday, October 30, 2014

Team Rink Desktop Wallpaper

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Check out our new team ice rink desktop wallpaper. We will be uploading more teams every couple of days but here are a few to get you started. As this feature grows in the future, we will give it a special spot within the site for easy navigation of the downloadable content. Please keep in mind that this set of rinks is meant to be for fun. The board ads are not authentic and some may even be humorous at times. Hope you enjoy!

AHL Phantoms Come To Their Senses

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It would appear that the most unusual ice design in the AHL was taken back to the drawing board. Its great to be unique but the Phantoms found a less desirable unique way to show of their logo inside the new PPL Center. That design did not last long. Its quite possible that their fans did not like the odd positioning of the logo or perhaps it violated an AHL rule (though the AHL seems to be pretty lax on the ice painting rules).  At any rate, they have gone with a more traditional layout now. Let us know in the comments how you feel about the change.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NHL 15 Center Ice Accuracy

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Its that time again. Today we take a look at the center ice designs in NHL 15 and see how close they are to the real thing and where there could be improvement. As always, I welcome EA Sports to email me if they need any help with some graphics or check out our NHL section for the latest NHL center ice designs!

A couple things to remember about this... EA is produced before most teams paint their ice for the upcoming season so I have used reference shots from the previous season because that is what they are attempting to work off of. Also keep in mind that anniversary logos do not appear in the EA NHL games as they would be old news by the time the game came out.

Finally, I should mention that I do not go into detail on the white trim around the red lines. They are the same for every rink in the game this year. I would normally nitpick about something like that but in previous years many ices didn't have ANY white trim and the logos simply touched the red line. I don't know of hardly any teams that have done that in the last decade so even a standard trim looks better than none at all.

Lets get started!

Anaheim: The top half of the red line should face the opposite direction. Otherwise looks good.

Arizona: Obviously the arena name officially took place after NHL 15 development had been completed so there was no chance of the new arena name being in the game. Glad they were able to leave the old name in so the rink looks realistic at least.

Boston: Perfect, and as a bonus you can find this year's solid red line in the game as well if you play in Boston on NHL Moments Live.

Buffalo: I think the logo size might need adjusting, or perhaps ours does. Oh well, looks very good either way.

Calgary: They actually got the authentic arena text which I have been unable to match so far. Ill work on that! Perfect recreation EA!

Carolina: One of two arenas not licensed in the game. PNC Arena assured us on Twitter that they are in talks with PNC regarding the future of their likeness being included in the EA NHL Series. Now if EA could just stop being lazy with their red line... How hard would that red line be to recreate?

Chicago: And here is the other unlicensed arena this year. Glad to see they got rid of the Chicago Stadium text after realizing that NHL is not played in stadiums, unless of course they are outdoor games. Red line could use some work as they seem to have this generic boxed red line on many ices this year.

Colorado: Fix that "CENTER" font and you have a perfect recreation.

Columbus: They never did have much luck recreating the arena text. At least now it has changed in real life so next year they can have a fresh start at the new text layout. The red line stars are very big but ast least this year they aren't all disfigured.

Dallas: Bold that font and straighten the stars and you've got it!

Detroit: The generic boxed red line is is use again but this time it sort of works. That pattern is not far off from the real thing. They never get the "Detroit Red Wings" font quite right and perhaps shrink the arena text a bit.

Edmonton: The font looks to be outdated still but this ice wont be around much longer anyway, Besides that it looks great in game!

Florida: We compare these designs to the previous season because that is all EA has to work with at the time they make these games. Anniversary logos are never used in game as they would date the game almost immediately. They pretty much nailed this ice as best as they could have guessed. We even assumed that the Panthers would go back to their diamond red line this season with the return of their primary logo but they did not. Personally I like the solid red line better and perhaps EA could update that easily in a patch, who knows.

Los Angeles: Always good to perfect the championship team's center ice in the game!

Minnesota: The generic red line is back but hey, its pretty close.

Montreal: Several Habs fans had high hopes that EA would finally update the arena text font, but not this year. Shoot us a message EA, we can help you out on this!  The red line is not quite right, though I have to say it looks better in game than on the real ice.

Nashville: Nicely done!

New Jersey:  EA must not want to spend time on the spacing of boxes on red lines so they go with the generic once again. Works pretty well here though.

New York Islanders: Nassau Coliseum is FINALLY licensed! I guess in all that excitement, EA forgot to recreate their red line... you know, the ONLY red line design they have EVER used. Also the logo appears to be an older version and the outline looks pretty bad.

New York Rangers: MSG makes its return to the ice and isn't it a great site. The generic red line makes another appearance though. They took alot of pride in their Madison Square Garden arena recreation so I sure wish they would have finished it off with that uniquely spaced red line design.

Ottawa Senators: The new arena name looks perfect this year! The red line design is solid logos rather than detailed logos and that surprising stands out a lot. Maybe next year!

Philadelphia Flyers:  Looks pretty good. I think i would make the arena text a bit more bold, but certainly not a big issue.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Perfect! What more can I say?

San Jose Sharks: So great to see the Sharks home ice licensed and back in the NHL series. Pefect arena text and all that really needs work is the generic red line. In recent years the red line has looked worse in the game though so I can live with this.

Saint Louis: Perhaps I am more picky on the Blues ice as they are my favorite team, but there are a couple issues that they have missed for a few years now.  The Blues logo seems to dark in game (yes its hard to tell this year with the new ice textures in the game). the thing that stands out the most to me is the arena text. The font is dead on but the size is a bit too large and too far from the center circle. Also the words should be in purple and gray.

Tampa Bay: Another case where the arena name changed too late in the development process, but hey, it could be worse. We could have ended up with no arena name at all like in past years for some teams.

Toronto: A little tweaking could be done to the font, but honestly, its not broken so I wouldn't worry about fixing it.

Vancouver: Hmmm, this is EA Canada's hometown rink which they have stated they have visited, so why can't they get their own red line accurate. This year it got the old generic box treatment. Otherwise it looks good.

Washington: The arena text could be more bold but other than that, looks good.

Winnipeg: Looks great!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Goal Horns Just Got A Boost

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There are some new details on our goal horn page, but by far the most important improvement comes with some help from a friend of the site. We have teamed up with NHL Horns and Songs to bring you more authentic goal horn sounds than what we previously offered. Why try to improve on it when there is someone out there than makes them much better? Many of his horns are unique to the internet as they have been remastered or completely rebuilt and the accuracy is unbelievable!

After working together on some projects, I would like to thank him for allowing us the use of his clips to improve the authenticity of our Goal Horns pages. As he uploads the 2014/15 Goal horns we will be replacing our old SoundCloud files with his videos, and update them as needed after that.

Check out our Goal Horns page here and head over to his youtube channel here!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Save The Organ, Save The Tradition

Once again it appears that the St. Louis Blues management team are tampering with the tradition of the Blues Goal Song. I guess they didn't learn their lesson years ago when they tried to use this rock version. Fans of other teams do not always appreciate the tradition of the organist playing "When The Blues Go Marching In" but Blues fans hold it dear to their hearts, and they are the ones filling Scottrade Center. I am calling on all Blues fans to head to Twitter and use the hashtag #SaveTheOrgan and include @StLouisBlues to express your feelings about our goal song. Let's make sure this is just a preseason fluke and not a permanent mistake!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wild's New Scoreboard Unveiled

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.

UPDATE: The scoreboard has been officially unveiled.

Previous Update: Below is a photo of the scoreboard covered by plastic  as well as the dismantling of the old scoreboard.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pardon The Mess

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I am doing some work on the home page. As we have had several issues with the previous design, I have decided to go back to a modified version of what we run on the rest of the site. This should give a more streamlined feel to the site as you are browsing. In the days ahead I will be doing some work on various areas of the home page and I will be modifying the teaser graphics that appear as well. Don't worry though... new ices will still have top priority!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flyers Surprise Us With New Red Line

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Its not often that a team like the Flyers change up their red line. Its one of those ice designs that we come to expect every year. In fact, they have used the triple stripe red line every year since 1989, with the exception of 2007 when a strange checkered pattern was painted instead. This year the Flyers have given up on tradition and are going with the current trending red line with team logos inside it. At least the team did try to change theirs up a bit by using red logos inside the outline as opposed to the much overused white logos inside a solid red line. What do you think of the new red line?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NHL 15 Authentic Arenas

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EA Sports seems to be struggling to keep their Authentic Arenas pages alive and up-to-date. They are missing several of the graphics that were uploaded in the last month, so we have you covered.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Final Year At Nassau Coliseum

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After this season the Islanders will move to their new home, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, leaving behind the coliseum which they have played in for 45 years. To celebrate one final year, the team will have a special logo which will likely be worn on their jerseys as a patch. However, we also got to thinking about the possibility of it appearing at center ice, and wondered what that might look like. Here is my guess...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Arena Name In Glendale

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The Arizona Coyotes and Gila River Casinos have agreed to 9 year partnership that will include the first naming-rights deal by a federally recognized tribe with a venue for one of the four major professional sports leagues. The agreement must be approved by the Glendale City Council during its meeting Sept. 9. The venue, which had been called Arena, will be known as Gila River Arena if the deal is approved.

Of course, here at Frozen Faceoff, this makes us ponder what the center ice design might look like if this new name becomes reality. Here is a prediction based on the current branding for Gila River Casinos.

UPDATE:  Ok, I was way off on this prediction. Here is my concept which was plausible but not at all what the arena decided to do.

NHL 15 Ice Accuracy (updated)


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. 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.

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 - Looks great!

Dallas Stars - Looks great!

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

Edmonton Oilers
This is a bit odd... The Oilers have no arena name on ice, yet the Rexall Arena logos are under the scoreboard and on the left wall. Last year the arena sponsor, Rexall, got a new logo. My only thought is that the wordmark around center ice is going to change and Rexall requested that they do not put the text in. At any rate, such an authentic arena having no text at center ice is quite a bummer, but lets hope this gets fixed somehow!

Los Angeles Kings - Looks great!

Montreal Canadiens (updated)
The red line has been updated. All this ice needs is the proper Bell Centre font.

New York Rangers - Looks great!

Philadelphia Flyers - Looks great!
 Pittsburgh Penguins - Looks great!

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? (An EA rep has told us that the red line has since been fixed!)

Saint Louis Blues 
Still need to work on the arena wordmark a bit. 'Scottrade' should be in purple and 'Center' in gray.

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