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We're a little over a month away from the release of EA Sports' NHL 11 and there's plenty of hype around some new additions for this year's game.

The Be a Pro mode has been enhanced to start your way to the NHL as a member of a Canadian junior franchise; broken sticks are sure to frustrate you several times a game; and if you're a hardcore online gamer, the EA Sports Hockey League will have a dynasty option available for your team.

To whet the appetites of gamers until the Sept. 7 release date, EA Sports' producers have been releasing clips promoting some of the game's features. From real-time physics displays to user-controlled goal celebrations to the overhauled faceoff system to the latest pair that show the process of the goal review in NHL 11.

The first clip, released on Sunday, shows Phil Kessel(notes) of the Toronto Maple Leafs getting laid out by Pavel Kubina(notes), but then the Maple Leafs forward bats a rebound into the goal from his back, but it's soon waived off by the referee.

We hope there's a little more to this than the clip shows, otherwise there's not much to get excited over other than the likely frustration of having what should be good goals getting called off. This happens in the Madden games where the "challenge" system from time to time will fail and call back/approve what should be good calls.

A final video released yesterday shows off the opening introductions for games from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League and the NHL featuring the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders:

We know "Long Island Arena", er, Nassau Coliseum is old, but we don't recall ever hearing the New York Islanders come out on to the ice with the Jock Jamz soundtrack blaring.

(s/t Scott Lewis)

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