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Cluster Pucks’ Review of NHL 12 is Officially Underway!


I’m very happy to report that I have just received my early retail copy of NHL 12 for review from EA Sports!

I know this might seem like rather shocking and unexpected news, considering yesterday’s blog post, when this looked like this was the last thing that would possibly happen. However, apparently a lot can change in less than 24 hours. I’m not joking around either, and below is all the proof you should need.


In a nutshell, here is what happened between then and now. About 20 minutes after yesterday’s post went up, I got another email from EA’s PR department, which then began a conversation about the remote possibility of me getting one of what is a very small and limited supply of early retail copies that might be available. The next thing I know, at 7:44PM, I received my confirmation email from UPS of my “Next Day Air” shipment, just as I had kindly requested. Honestly, I don’t think the previous blog post had anything to do with this, and it was just pure coincidence of timing. However, at this point, I don’t really care how it happened, I’m just ecstatic that it did.

At this time, I really must personally and publicly give my tremendous thanks on the behalf of myself, Kukla’s Korner, and all of our readers around the world, to EA Sports’ Communications Coordinator for the NHL-series (among others), Ritu Sidhu, who somehow made all of this magic happen.

Now I must give you, my loyal readers, a quick rundown of things. As this sudden change of events will directly impact my blog’s coverage leading up to my in-depth and comprehensive review of NHL 12, which will be posted up sometime late in the morning, or early afternoon on September 13, the day of the official North American release date. Because I’m really going to have to cram in the playing time between now and then, as I’ve only got a mere 11 days to absorb every little aspect of NHL 12, which is a pretty expansive game.

Oh, and for you math dorks out there, I know my math on that appears to be off by a day, but I’m taking into account that I will be losing an entire day’s worth of review time due to the fact that I will on special assignment at the Joe Louis Arena to provide comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Red Wings HockeyFest 2011 on Saturday, September 10th.

Since I’m going to have to be running on a near-sleepless schedule in order to get my review done in 11 days, the blog will be going on a bit of a mini-break between now and September 13, when my review will be posted. Although I have already had the time to plan everything out, so I can tell you now, exactly what you can expect to hear from me between now and then.

The schedule of future posts is as follows.

Thursday, September 8th: A full and detailed preview of the Detroit Red Wings HockeyFest 2011

Friday, September 9th: A very special announcement involving NHL 12, Kukla’s Korner, and the EASHL

Saturday, September 10th: My on-site coverage of HockeyFest 2011, directly from the Joe Louis Arena

Sunday, September 11th: A massive recap of all of the events and activities at HockeyFest 2011

Tuesday, September 13th: My in-depth and comprehensive review of NHL 12

After that, the blog will resume normal activity now that the bulk of my NHL 12 coverage will be wrapped up with my review. Then expect things to return to their normal focus of a mix of CHL, NCAA Hockey, and EASHL coverage, along with the occasional random hockey-related topic.

Anyway, as I am currently writing this post at around 4AM, to be updated and posted up later this morning, after I have my copy of NHL 12 in my hands. So I need to get some sleep, as I’ve got a tremendous amount of exciting work ahead of me in the next 12 days or so.

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Did they finally add the ability to give your player an actual playoff beard!

Have fun with it, i gotta wait a week for the 3 day early release download.

Posted by Bryan from Tampa, FL on 09/01/11 at 12:39 PM ET


I heard one of the Legends tried to sign with the Predators, and Poile said it was out of their budget !

Posted by Jim from Nashville on 09/01/11 at 12:47 PM ET

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Did they finally add the ability to give your player an actual playoff beard! Have fun with it, i gotta wait a week for the 3 day early release download. - Posted by Bryan from Tampa, FL

Oh I will have fun, as these are the benefits of being a member of the media, the downside is the lack of sleep I will be getting over then next two weeks or so, as this review should be a pretty epic write up.

Just an FYI for everyone, all reviews are under embargo until September 6, so I can’t answer any random questions until then.

Like I said in this post though, expect a special announcement next Friday though, the morning before the early download is released at 6PM.

P.S. - The only reason I’m still online here at the moment is because I’m still reading over all of the included paper work, which mostly just details every single new feature and aspect of NHL 12.


Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 09/01/11 at 12:53 PM ET

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It’s nice to have a little yank in the gaming world, hah Doug? grin
You deserve it though, with all your blogs - they get a ton of promation for squat.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 09/01/11 at 01:32 PM ET

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...they get a ton of promation for squat.


Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 09/01/11 at 01:34 PM ET


After years of complaining on how PC users are forgotten by EA, my girlfriend bought an Xbox and I’ll become “the enemy”.


Posted by Herm from the office on 09/01/11 at 05:03 PM ET


Lucky, enjoy the game… I too have to wait 1 more week for the pre-release smile That weekend is already planned for a big do nothing but play xbox loll

Posted by Eric M from Montreal, Canada on 09/01/11 at 06:03 PM ET


Keep up the great work with these blogs, Doug. I’ve been enjoying your work on the site and look forward to seeing a lot more from you.

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 09/01/11 at 09:25 PM ET

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Thanks for all the comments and good wishes everyone.

One day into review and I must say that the dinky demo does not do this game any kind of justice at all, because it’s pretty amazing.

I personally can’t wait until next Friday when several of you will be able to see for yourselves. Plus I’m excited about the announcement I have planned for then!

I also got invited to a special media/dev team online play session later today, which should be awesome… I just hope I can get some time in between the pipes in during that session.


Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 09/02/11 at 05:33 PM ET

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