"Be The Next Great Legend" was the tagline for NHL 12 a year ago. With NHL 13 being released in two weeks on Sept. 11, gamers will still be able to be that great legend, except this time around they'll have few new and interesting options. Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe were among nine playable NHL legends in NHL 12. For the latest installment of the game, EA Sports will make some history.
Joining Jari Kurri, Dominik Hasek and Doug Gilmour as the newest legends will be women's hockey greats Hayley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero, marking the first time female athletes have been playable characters in the NHL series. These five will join the nine legends from last year's game. (UPDATE: EA says this group will be added to last year's core Legends Lemieux, Gretzky and Jeremy Roenick.)
"We selected Hayley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero for their leadership qualities on the ice and within the community," said EA Sports NHL general manager Dean Richards. "Both athletes are champions who have been a positive force in driving women's hockey forward, and creating further opportunities for young women in the United States and Canada to participate in the sport, either competitively or recreationally."