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by Doug Miller on 08/17/11 at 05:30 PM ET
My apologies for not breaking this news the moment it dropped, as was the case yesterday. I happened to oversleep by a few hours this morning… anyway, here is the scoop. First, in a video released on EA’s Sports Swedish Facebook Page, further confirmed yesterday’s news about Yzerman, and then went on to reveal that Toronto Maple Leafs’ Swedish defenseman, Borje Salming, will also be one of the included Legends in NHL 12.
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Here is that video - via YouTube.
Video posted on EA Nordic YouTube Profile Page
Then, just a few hours ago, EA announced the inclusion of Jeremy Roenick and Patrick Roy via their NHL 12 Twitter Feed which included a link the following video clip…
Thanks to Shin547 for uploading this, as EA’s Official Video was not friendly for embedding
So… there we have it… 7 of the 9 Legends have now been made official. As I had speculated yesterday… I figured EA would have some surprises in store for us. As you can see from the last trailer, the final two Legends will to be announced sometime tomorrow. Which at this point, I’m nearly 100% confident that they will be Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe, given the teaser footage of the first Legends trailer. Looks like Bobby Orr isn’t going to make the cut after all, despite all of the speculation. Unless EA has some kind of surprise “there are actually 10 Legends” announcement on Friday, which I highly doubt, as there is supposed to be yet another “Online Communities” related developer/producer blog to be released sometime between now and then as well.
Well… what do I think about all of this? As I said, some of it is very surprising indeed… as it somehow never occurred in my mind that they might throw in a guy like Salming, but considering he was the first Swede ever inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame back in 1996… this is clearly EA’s way of showing some love to not only Leafs fans, but their rather large European fan-base as well, which are already getting the game a few days earlier than the rest of us here in North America. I don’t argue that Salming is a Maple Leafs’ Legend… but as far as an NHL Legend goes, it’s debatable… but Leafs fans feel free to make your case in the comments section.
The very same could be said about what is perhaps the biggest surprise on this list… Jeremy Roenick. At no point in any of my various and vast speculation about these Legends, did he show up on any one of my possible lists (then again neither did Salming). Although many could ague he would be on the list of some of the best NHL players, at least in recent times, to never win the Stanley Cup, along with Salming. In JR’s defense though… he is a 9-time All-Star… which isn’t something many players can claim the honor of having. Roenick was also inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame last year in 2010… although it remains to be seen if he will ever find his way into the hollowed halls among the many hockey legends immortalized in Toronto though.
UPDATE - 9AM - 8/18 Apparently even Roenick himself was surprised by the news as this post via his Twitter account an hour ago suggests -
Crazy day of media for NHL12 legends game. Really?? What a group of guys I’m w on this game. I’m truly honored. Everyone will love this game
I suppose that about does it for today’s update. I’m sure there will be much discussion about both Salming and Roenick’s inclusion… as well as what now appears to be the lack of inclusion of one of the greatest defensemen of all time, Bobby Orr.
UPDATE - 5PM - Also in some Jeremy Roenick and NHL-series related news today via an article on deadspin.com. Roenick has re-enacted that classic NHL-series scene from the movie “Swingers”. Check out the link for the full article, but here is the video of said re-enacted scene in question…
Video posted on YouTube by bman530
Again, I apologize that I wasn’t able to bring this news to you when it broke, as I was up rather late last night brushing up on my NHL 11 skills in preparation for my review of NHL 12, so I can properly make a good comparison of the 300+ new gameplay enhancements and new features to be included in this year’s installment in the NHL franchise. I have still yet to receive my review-copy from EA, but when I do, expect to at least hear about it, as it will mean Cluster Pucks will be going on a bit of a mini-hiatus, save for one very special assignment that will be announced in a few weeks. As I will be digging myself deep into the game’s many modes, to bring you a proper comprehensive and in-depth review of the game on it’s release date… that is assuming I get my review-copy with enough time to do so.
Also, on a personal note, I am very happy to announce that my all-star filled HUT team - “Cluster Pucks” (surprise eh?) did go on to win their first online HUT tournament last night, in what was a very dramatic and intense final game. In which my worthy opponent tied up the score 3-3 after a deflected point shot found it’s way to the back of my net with a mere 6.4 seconds renaming on the clock in the third period. However, I managed to seal the deal with about 15 seconds remaining in 4-on-4 overtime, before we would have gone to a shoot-out. After a breakaway pass was sent up-ice to my second liner Marian Hossa, who then got stonewalled by the opposing Dwayne Roloson on my breakaway attempt, thankfully, fellow second-liner Ilya Kovalchuk, had just come off my bench after a line change, and was able to bury the rebound on a bank-shot off the post and Roloson’s right pad. Accomplishing my goal of winning at least one online HUT tournament in NHL 11 (for achievement’s sake) before NHL 12 came out. As my star-laden HUT team was very much “built to win now” as they say, as I had collected a number of big time NHL players, “over-trained” them, and had a rather short window of opportunity to grab an online tournament win before some long-term contracts would expire, and I would have been forced to make some line-up changes due to HUT’s salary cap, which I was a mere $10 under. Sorry for the long personal note, but I just wanted to assure you guys that my oversleeping today did indeed have a valid reason.
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