NHL 11 Adds Canadian Hockey League Teams

By Chris Faylor, May 24, 2010 11:00am PDT The sixty teams and three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)--the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)--will be included in EA SPORTS' NHL franchise for the first time in the company's upcoming NHL 11, EA SPORTS and the CHL have revealed.

The inclusion stems from a new four-year agreement between Electronic Arts and the League, and will see all WHL, OHL and QMJHL teams and players in the game alongside their associated logos, league structures and the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

"It's exciting to have the CHL integrated into our game for the first time," EA SPORTS marketing VP Jordan Edelstein noted in the announcement. "Their inclusion will make NHL 11 the most definitive and complete hockey experience available."

Helmed by series veterans EA Canada, NHL 11 is due out on PlayStaiton 3 and Xbox 360 come September 2010 and will be among the various titles to utilize the company's new "Online Pass" initiative, which sees online multipayer restricted to those that either buy the game new, pay an additional $10, or take advantage of a free seven-day trial.

Meanwhile, competitor 2K Sports will only release its rival NHL 2K franchise on Wii this year, though the series will return to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 with NHL 2K12.

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