The NHL seems to be following in the footsteps of the MLB and hosting an online Gaming Challenge in NHL 20 that will feature over 50 players from all 31 NHL teams, including Seattle.
With the world of sports ultimately being put on hold due to the coronavirus, professional sports leagues are turning to the virtual world and resorting to playing online esports games in order to fill in the gaps. This allows fans of their favorite sports to watch some of their favorite players duke it out in some online fun. The NHL is the next league set to go virtual after the announcement of the MLB’s Player League that started on April 10. The NHL’s Gaming Challenge is set to kick-off on Thursday, April 30th and set to span over the course of four weeks.
The NHL Gaming Challenge is going to be slightly different than the MLB Players League. Unlike the MLB Players League, the NHL will not be hosting a playoff at the end the Gaming Challenge. They will also not be required to play each team once like the MLB is doing. The matchups are set to be more of a one and done type of deal with each game just being for the pure fun and joy of putting on a show for their fans.
Over the course of four weeks the matchups will be revealed at the beginning of each week. Most of the matchups are going to be chosen to make it more fun for the fans. One of the matchups that have been revealed for week one are brothers Brady and Matthew Tkachuk are set to go head to head against one another. This will surely be a fun matchup to watch and will likely give the fans something to look forward to.
The NHL is set to have some pretty big named players as well, such as Jake DeBrusk (BOS), Charlie McAvoy (BOS), Matthew Tkachuk (CGY), Alex DeBrincat (CHI), Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA), Devan Dubnyk (MIN), Brady Tkachuk (OTT), James van Riemsdyk (PHI), and Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH) to name a just a handful. The NHL’s 31st team Seattle will also be represented by Seattle Seahawks tight end, Luke Willson. The full list can be found here.
The best part about the whole NHL 20 Gaming Challenge is that you are able to watch every matchup that the Gaming Challenge has to offer. These matchups will be streamed on NHL’s Twitch page, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, NHL.com, and NBC Sports will even be broadcasting a few games as well. So if you are looking to keep track of all the action, it won’t be too hard to find where to watch your favorite teams play.
On top of all the gaming fun, NHL and Electronic Arts (creators of NHL 20) will be donating $100,000 to Coronavirus relief efforts.
I am so excited to watch some of my favorite players around the league battle it out in some online, video game fun. I can assure you that other sports leagues are going to follow suit and go virtual in the upcoming weeks. Until the world finally gets back on track, the world of sports is going to be moving in a virtual direction.