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nhl_13_news_header_723x250.jpg POSTED BY EA Staff ON Aug 29, 2012

Female Players Join the NHL 13 Roster

For the first time ever in a professional league simulation sports video game, NHL 13 will feature female athletes on the roster. Former Team USA superstar Angela Ruggiero will join former Team Canada great Hayley Wickenheiser, both four-time Olympic Ice Hockey medalists, as playable legends in NHL 13

“The EA SPORTS NHL franchise took a big step last year by including female characters to create a more inclusive experience for female hockey fans,” said Hayley Wickenheiser. “I’m excited to be a part of NHL 13 and hope that the addition of women’s hockey legends will encourage greater participation in hockey from young women everywhere.”

This continues the commitment the development team made with NHL 12 to create greater representation for women’s hockey in the game. Female players were first added through the Be a Pro mode after a request from a 14-year-old female fan was emailed to the EA SPORTS development team. She had felt that female players were underrepresented in the game and wanted to see a more inclusive experience in the game. The NHL team was very excited to continue that effort with the latest installment and provide women the opportunity to see themselves in the game.

In addition to these female players, NHL Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri, and NHL legend Dominik Hasek will also be added to the roster of legends to take the ice. NHL 13 will be available on September 11 in North America.

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Comments (11)

  1. +2 0
    Go Ladies ! Let's prove how highly intelligent women are. Even if we are not winners, we'll give the guys a hard time !, But I'm pretty sure women will come out ahead, and be rmembered. cfeliciano http://youaregoodlooking.com
    Aug 31, 2012
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  2. 0 0
    That's cool.
    Aug 31, 2012
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  3. +2 0
    Now Evgeni Malkin isn't going to be able to completley destroy everyone. :( But hey, female representation is cool.
    Sep 1, 2012
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    i might buy this game.what do you think
    Sep 8, 2012
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  5. +1 0
    please release cricket games.......... we are waiting since 2007........ i m getting bore of playing the same cricket 07 again n again....
    Sep 11, 2012
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  6. 0 0
    I don't know. bringing female athletes is a bad idea. I'd rather have male athletes. all the time.
    Sep 19, 2012
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  7. 0 0
    ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has to be by FAR the worst ******* hockey ive ever played! only thing good about it is the speed burst! what a wast of $80!
    Sep 19, 2012
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  8. 0 0
    how do u enter the online codes?
    Sep 19, 2012
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  9. +1 0
    Cricket cricket cricket please
    Sep 30, 2012
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  10. 0 0
    Bring back desert strike on ps3 & xbox 360....
    Oct 1, 2012
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  11. +1 0
    HI please we Want a new version of EA sports CRICKET game. pleaseeeeeeeeeee
    Nov 7, 2012
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