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Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Posted on: August 12, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 9:41 am
 
BourqueBy: Adam Gretz

If you're a gamer and patiently waiting to pick up a copy of EA Sports NHL '12 when it hits the shelves in September, you're going to have an opportunity to use some of the NHL's greatest all-time players in this year's version of the game.

On Friday EA Sports announced the first three legends that will appear in the game: Wayne Gretzky, Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque, and Chris Chelios sporting his Chicago Blackhawks gear (he also spent many years -- and won Stanley Cups -- with the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings).

They still need to announce the remaining six legends, and based on the images they've released (blank silhouettes) there is at least one goaltender in the group, and Patrick Roy seems like he would be a solid bet.

Personally, and if EA Sports had a sense of humor about this, I would love to see Jeremy Roenick make the cut, simply because his spot in the '94 version of the game is regarded as one of the best video game players ever (yes, people track these things). It was also part of an iconic moment in 1990's popular culture in the film Swingers (adult language in this clip). Unlikely? Sure. But I can still have my sentimental dreams.

Of course, narrowing it down to just nine players (the three we already know of plus the six yet-to-be-announced) is a difficult task that will never please everybody.

You can check out a quick trailer that helps us get an idea as to what the legends will look like in action over at the EA Sports website.

Photo: EA Sports

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Comments

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Looks like Yzerman and Salming have been confirmed as well. There are only 4 spots left I think. Need to see some Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe!



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Nice to see Bossy's name, next to Gretzky he was he best player in he late 70's and early 80's. 

As for best video game players, dont forger Sandtrom on Kings for Sega 91 or 92 version. Cut across the
blueline, shpt, score every time.




Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Haha - OK I tried.  Probably should have mentioned Jagr instead. 




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

FrenchConn - you made me choke on my tongue - did you say Mogilny is a legend?  No...No don't go there!



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

It'd be cool if they did something like the really old Madden games used to do where you could play as a team from a certain year like '94 Cowboys, '86 Bears, '77 Steelers, etc...You could def. have some solid picks 70's Mtl or Phi teams, 80's Isles and Edm. 90', etc. That would probably be tough for EA with NHL, but this is a good start.



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Man you people totally missed the point on Roenick...what he meant was to put the '94 video game version of Roenick in the game...if any of you were old enough to have played that game, then you know Roenick was UNSTOPPABLE in that game. You could check anyone and they would fall, take the puck, left, right, top shelf, SCORE!!! over and over, all day long...Theo Fluery was pretty dominant as well...anyway, im old... 



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Should be "anounced the first three of the nine legends."  Otherwise, if they announced the first of the three (Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios), then there wouldn't be 6 more to name.  I am only commenting because I am sick of the piss-poor editing on this website.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Based in the fact Bourque is in and Orr is not - I would suggest it is EA sport legends.


Therefore remaining legends could be...Lindros, Roy, Bure, McInnis, Pronger, Messier, Leetch, Hasek, Yzerman   



Others whom deserve...Mogilny, Hull, Sakic, Lidstrom, Belfour 


BTW - I remember Neely and LaFontaine were awesome but not enough seasons.   




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

Even thoug I like Roenick he doesn't belong with those guys. And if he is on there they better have Neely, Robitaille, Gartner and Yzerman because they were all way better than JR.
Bossy also better be on there if Bure is, his career was cut short just like Pavels but was awesome in the time he did play.



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

You can clearly see that two players dont have helmets, so pre-80's era. The goalie helmet isnt the same style that Hasek wore. It is one of the current helmets, my guess would be Roy. I hope Bure is one of the players too, that guy was electric.


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