A week before the start of the Winter Olympics, EA added women’s teams to its NHL games for the first time. You can now select one of the 10 International Women’s Ice Hockey Federation national squads in : Canada, Czech Republic (Czech), Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and of course the US National Team.
EA also introduced the IIHF Men’s and World Youth Teams to NHL 22. In addition to competing in IIHF World Championship tournaments, the men’s and women’s teams can be played in Play Now, Online Versus, Threes Now and Offline/Online Shootouts modes. EA last month.
NHL 12 (which was released in 2011) was the first game in the series where players could enter the virtual ice as a woman as long as they created one themselves. The following year, Canadian hockey pioneer Hayley Wickenheiser and American defensive player Angela Ruggiero (who could join any team in the NHL 13) the franchise’s first truly playable female hockey players, but it took nearly another decade for EA to add full women’s teams.
The NHL series is following other major esports gaming franchises in adding women’s teams. EA brought them to their FIFA games, while 2K Games introduced the WNBA to NBA 2K.
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