My Ultimate Hockey Video Game

By Patrick Hoffman

I love playing hockey video games, especially the famed NHL series from EA Sports.

I have every game in that particular series and loved getting them and playing them. I've been playing these games since I was 10-years-old and am still playing today as a 36-year-old. Don't judge me!

While I love the NHL series, I think there are things missing that EA Sports needs to feature sooner or later. With that in mind, here is what I would do if I made my own NHL video game:

Realistic Playing Styles from Goaltenders
There is no doubt that the goalies in the EA Sports NHL games make some dynamite saves. That's pretty much been the case ever since the series started.

With that said, I think the goalies would be even better if they played the styles they do in real life. It's getting tiresome seeing the same goalie animations over and over again.

I know that this would be hard to make happen, but EA Sports should at least consider trying to find a way to do this at some point.

Licensing from Every NHL Arena
When I first heard the New York Rangers' goal song in NHL 16 and then the goal horn in NHL 17, I was over the moon.

I always do seasons with the Blueshirts so whenever I had a home game, it felt like I was really playing at Madison Square Garden. It's awesome.

Unfortunately, this isn't the case with every team. For example, I started a season with the Chicago Blackhawks and they no longer play their goal song any more.

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It's time for EA to figure out how they can get the go ahead to do this for all the teams.

The inclusion of Warm-ups Before a Game
One of the things I love when I go to a game is watching warm-ups.

This may sound silly, but I'd love to see EA put this in their NHL game. It'd be great to have both teams on the ice doing line rushes, taking shots at their goaltenders with music blasting.

While you guys will say that I could just do a practice mode, I think it'd be much cooler to do it like they do in the real NHL.

What do you guys want in your ultimate hockey video game?
I can't be the only one that has thought about what their ultimate hockey video game would like.

What would you folks put in your ultimate hockey video game?

Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.

He has previously covered the league for
WTP Sports,, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog,, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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