EA Sports will release NHL ’14 to the world on September 10th. The 23rd game in the series, this year’s edition features NHL ’94 Anniversary mode– a callback to the seminal, twenty-year-old game featuring current rosters and downgraded graphics. We’re talking blue ice, 8-bit organ music, and those stick-over-head goal celebrations. It’s all back.

EA Sports released a teaser video, of which 17 of 74 seconds feature Caps players doing stuff. It’s got Alex Ovechkin putting a wrister in the right-hand corner of the net (22-second mark). Totally believable.

It’s got John Erskine showing off his hip-checking skillz (30 seconds). That could happen maybe.

And it’s got Mike Green beating the snot out of Jamie Benn in the face with a flurry of crunchy-sounding right-handed punches (47-second mark). Whaaaaaaaaa.

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EA Sports NHL 11 is Out Now!

So NHL 11, the new hockey game by EA Sports, has been officially released to the world as of … right… now. If you’re like me, you either pre-ordered it weeks ago (like last year) or are planning to pick it up today at Best Buy immediately after work. Over the past decade, I’ve bought the game religiously on the first day of its release. And at first play every year, I’ll pick up the controller, sit through the opening credits, love the new gameplay and then get childishly furious at one of the minor details that are off. You know, like the rosters will be wrong (i.e.- Nicklas Backstrom‘s on Brynäs IF of the Swedish Elite League but not on Washington), Green Day will be on the soundtrack (ugh), or the PA Announcer repeatedly mispronounces Alexander Semin‘s name (the really, really wrong way).

Anyways, if you share in my excitement, let’s try something fun this year, shall we? If you’re going into the store and buying the game today, I encourage all of you to take pictures and tell us all about your first experience with the game in the comments below or on the hashtag #RMNBNHL11. And please, please complain about any minor thing that’s off. Like we’re a bunch of pedantic beta testers.

Let’s see how this goes, but try and make me proud. I’ll even give a free t-shirt to somebody if they come up with something truly epic. Like submitting a photo of yourself doing the hot stick celebration with the game box or checking the GameStop employee over the counter. Game on!

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