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There’s a way to play for everyone in Hockey Ultimate Team™ (HUT) 20! Once you build your team, you can play and compete in a variety of online and offline game modes that will earn you rewards to help improve your HUT team. Find out about all the HUT Game Modes below.

Hockey Ultimate Team introduces a new way to play in Squad Battles, the fan-favorite mode from EA SPORTS™ FIFA that allows you to compete and earn big rewards in offline battles. New opponents are refreshed every day, including weekly Featured Squads assembled by NHL® players, artists, hockey influencers, and athletes from around the world. Squad Battles introduces a brand new way to compete, earn and collect your dream team as you take on the best teams assembled by the biggest names in sports and entertainment.

You can compete in HUT Challenges for a chance to earn unique rewards that will help you build your team. You can choose to do the HUT Challenges by yourself or cooperatively with a friend. HUT Challenges are updated with dynamic content and new rewards to earn, making them the perfect way to get a quick hockey fix.

In HUT Online Seasons, take your HUT team and compete against other players to try to win your way from Division 10 all the way to Division 1. If you win a division title in HUT Online Seasons, you will earn an Online Seasons Reward Pack and a coin bonus.

Returning to NHL® 20 is the Hockey Ultimate Team™ Competitive Seasons mode. HUT Competitive Seasons allows you to compete in a calendar season format to earn in-game rewards. Each HUT Competitive Season has a unique theme to it and puts you head-to-head against the best players in HUT.

A HUT Competitive Season consists of rounds. Within each round, you can earn round points which determine your ranking on the Round Leaderboards after you complete a specific amount of games. You can continue to play to earn more points and better your ranking in the round! At the end of each round, you will earn a reward as well as Season Points that count towards your season total. Finish as high as you can in each round to accumulate as many season points as possible to earn a larger reward at the end of the season!

HUT Champions is where the best HUT players compete against each other for awesome prizes. A new season of HUT Champions starts every week, running from Monday to the following Sunday.

HUT Champions consists of a qualification period and a Weekend Season. In order to participate in the Weekend Season, a player must earn a Qualification Collectible. To earn a Qualification Collectible, players must do one of the following:

  • Win a Division 1 Title in Online Seasons during the qualification period
  • Place as one of the Top 1,500* in one of three Qualifiers that are held during the qualification period
  • Place as one of the Top 250 in the previous week's HUT Champions Weekend Season (only applicable to season 2+).

Qualifiers are open to all players who have not already earned and claimed a Qualification Collectible.

*The ranking needed in the Qualifiers to obtain the Qualification Collectible is subject to change, may vary by weekly competition, and will be communicated in the “More Info” and “Season Prizing” screens in the Competitive Season/Play Online section of the game prior to the start of each weekly competition. If a player does not place high enough, they will not earn a Qualification Collectible.

Draft Champions lets you experience the thrill of the fantasy draft with fast rounds of superstar picks. Each round challenges you to choose current and past NHL players and build a team that fits your play style. Immediately following your draft, take to the ice and fulfill your team’s potential by winning the Draft Championship.

HUT also has other options for you to play, such as challenging the Team of the Week or an Exhibition game against a computer-controlled team. You can also challenge a friend to an online match through the Play-A-Friend mode. Additionally, you can play co-op with another friend online in all HUT game modes except for Squad Battles, HUT Competitive Seasons and HUT Champions.

****Only the player that is hosting the HUT game will be eligible to receive the in-game rewards.

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