There’s only one annual event that is almost as exciting as the start of the NHL season and that is when the year’s new iteration of EA Sports (Electronic Arts) NHL hockey game comes out. I have my copy of NHL 12 reserved, do you?

This year is a bit different for me as I haven’t been keeping track of the game’s development throughout the year. Whatever new features are in store will be surprises, hopefully of the pleasant variety.  The series has improved steadily from year to year so I expect to merrily waste numerous hours of my life in the coming months like I do every fall.  Nothing says “I’m a hip dude” like spending a Saturday night playing game after game of NHL against a buddy, yelling and gloating over the hilariously devastating hit I delivered with Chara or the sick deke I pulled off with Kopi.  One year we created our own teams and went so far as to keep track of our stats from game to game.  I’ve since gained a shred of self-respect, but not enough to keep me from getting giddy like a child over a shiny new game to play.

I’m kicking around the idea of doing a review of the game for the blog. How many of you play NHL by EA?  I guess maybe some of you play the 2K series, but that’s your problem, not mine.  Also, Xbox or PS3?  I think a poll is in order. If there is a lot of interest and enough people who play online, perhaps one of our VIP ticket giveaways can be determined by an tournament.  Also, just to nip it in the bud, no, Bobby does not play video games. Maybe he did once upon a time, when he was young and spry and his eyes weren’t so bad and years of picking at canker sores hadn’t made the tips of his fingers too sensitive to firmly grasp a controller.  However, never shun the power of goading someone with a large ego.