NHL 20 Introduces 33 "Alumni Teams," And The Whalers Are Among Them
The Whalers are back! (Sort of, but not really)
Among the new features in this month's NHL 20 are Alumni Teams, which are squads featuring legacy players and even teams altogether that no longer exist.
There are 33 Alumni Teams in NHL 20. Among the former teams featured in the game are the Hartford Whalers, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Quebec Nordiques. The rest are teams that still exist today but they feature rosters of some of the best players from each team's history.
Hailing from Connecticut myself, I am particularly excited to play as The Whalers. The team played its final game in Hartford in 1997, before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina where they became the Carolina Hurricanes. Mark Rein, the co-founder and vice president of Fortnite studio Epic Games, is one of the minority investors in the Hurricanes.
#NHL20 will feature 33 playable Alumni Teams comprised of some of the best players in each teams history! Including former franchises like the Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars and Hartford Whalers! pic.twitter.com/XLFbhfUAqO— #NHL20 (@EASPORTSNHL) August 30, 2019
During last year's NHL season, the Hurricanes played the Bruins in Hartford Whalers jerseys as part of a commemorative event. They even played the famous Whalers "Brass Bonanza" goal-celebration song. Check it out in the video clip below from the NHL.
NHL 20 launches on September 13 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In other news, EA Sports has officially announced the Top 50 highest-rated players, and Connor McDavid is No. 1.
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