Here is the place to learn about all 28 of the NHL's goal horns and the songs played after them. Yes I said 28, not 30... Find out who doesn't have a real horn and more by clicking above!
Have you ever wondered how big your favorite team's videos screens are in comparison to the rest of the league? We have a nice visual answer all ready for you! Check it out!
Take a look at the evolution of the painted ice hockey rink in the NHL. Those standard ice markings have changed quite a bit over the years.
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Sunday, September 20, 2015
One thing to keep in mind is that EA bases most of their work on the center ice designs from the previous NHL season. This is because they do not have any way of knowing what might changed for the upcoming season. Ices usually do not even go in until after the game is finished. Also keep in mind that anniversary ices are never in EA games. I do not know the exact reason but I would assume that is because it would quickly date the game as the anniversary season for that team would already have concluded. I agree with EA's decision to not include these by the way. Now lets take a look at this year's recreations.
Anaheim: Updated with the current red line, this ice is perfect!
Buffalo: Perhaps pull the word mark away from the circle just a bit and you have a perfect ice. Pull it away even more and it will match the ice for the upcoming NHL season.
Chicago: Also a huge year for the Blackhawks fans who have been upset not to be able to play in United Center. The arena seems to be alternating between too variations of the white boxed red line. EA seems to have come up with their own variation but it looks really good none-the-less.
Minnesota: Looks great. A minor tweak to the word mark by using less spacing between letters would be nice but its a great recreation.
Overall: Way to go EA. You did an amazing job on the center ices this year. They even worked on improving red lines and other details on AHL and CHL ices this year which is a first! Last year every AHL team but 2 or 3 had the same generic red line. We will take a look at those in the near future!
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Toronto Maple Leafs - Air Canada Center
So far this is the board we know the most about. It is the only board completed at the moment that we know of and it is even featured in the upcoming EA Sports NHL game, NHL 16. Inside the board is a giant 3D Maple Leaf which will light up blue for hockey games and red for basketball games. The main video screens will measure roughly 32 feet by 18 feet. The old scoreboard has been shipped to Ricoh Coliseum to be used for their AHL farm team, the Marlies.
This scoreboard is quite a set up from their previous board, and is already nearing completion. Inside the big board is a giant 3D version of their primary logo which we assume will be lit up. While we do not know the exact specifications for this board, it is billed as being several times large than the video screens on the old board.
Anaheim Ducks - Honda Center
This scoreboard is still somewhat of a mystery to us as the team is not releasing any drawings of what the finished board will look like. What we do know is that the main video screens on the two long sides are expected to be roughly 30 feet by 20 feet, with smaller boards on the 2 ends. This board is still under construction.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Update: All 30 NHL arenas are in the game. Gila River Arena name is not included due to legal restrictions on using gambling brands in an E-Rated video game. The arena design itself is in the game though.
NHL 16 Rinks