The Top EA Sports NHL Video Game Characters of All-Time

Fortunate enough to have a Super Nintendo as a youngen, I have been glued to the television screen, playing video game hockey since NHL ’93.

In the early days, I gained a competitive edge by tricking my younger sister into believing her team’s back-up goalie, “Pull”, was her best option. As the years went on, I moved up to whooping Silverman’s ass every Friday after High School (*Editor’s Note: BULLSHIT). Most recently, I could be found throwing my controller across my college dorm room out of frustration while playing online. I was all about the NHL video game series.

As we await the release of the latest installment of EA Sports’ NHL series, which will seemingly include an homage to past NHL series greatness, I counted down my personal favorite players to light the lamp with over the years. In no particular order, here are probably the 5 most unrealistic, overrated and misrepresented video game characters who have ever taken over my living room.

0

NHL 93 – Cliff Ronning

Throughout his tenure as a Vancouver Canuck in the early 90’s, Cliff Ronning was a consistent 20-30 goal scorer. This was not the case in NHL 93. Ronning was the deadliest offensive weapon in hockey video game history, way ahead of any other name on this list. With one tap of the B-button, Ronning would be halfway down the ice and he was always a sure thing to bury a nasty one-timer. His NHL ’93 counterpart was so dominant that the name Ronning will be forever be more well-known as a video game character than as an actual human being. By far the most talented video game athlete ever created, and yes that includes your Create-A-Player self.

Most of the overly epic player-renderings on this list are more than likely the result of happenstance. But Cliff Ronning says his video game greatness was no accident; Our friends over at Puck Daddy discovered its true source:

620-legwand-blog-thumb-620xauto-280322

NHL 02 – David Legwand

The early 2000’s weren’t the NHL’s most scoring-filled years, so in order to give fans their fix, EA gifted us with David Legwand and his ridiculous one-timer skills. Pass this guy the puck anywhere on the ice surface in NHL ’02 and he’d slap that biscuit home with ease. Unmatched strength, precise accuracy and a wheelhouse the size of an Olympic swimming pool propelled the Predator forward into the next level. The former No. 2 overall pick only had only two campaigns of 50-plus points in his career, but the video game David Legwand could routinely tally 100-plus goals in season mode.

bos_g_bitz1_sw_sq_300

NHL 09 – Byron Bitz

Size, puck control, speed, vision and a wicked wrister: Am I describing Zdeno Chara or Milan Lucic? No. I’m talking about another Bruin, albeit one who is no longer on the team or even in the NHL: the former 4th rounder out of Cornell, the NHL 09 version of Byron Bitz. Coming off arguably his best season — he potted a whopping 4 goals in 35 regular season games and added one more in 5 playoff games — the crew at EA Canada decided to give this guy an extra helping of boss sauce in NHL 09.

Don’t be deceived by his low overall rating and his spot on the Bruins’ depth chart, the ’09 video game Bitz was a diamond in the rough. At 6’5″, 215 lbs, Bitz was nearly impossible to knock off the puck. All you had to do was walk in, snipe and repeat. Yes, it was that simple.

NHL 03 – Saku Koivu

After returning to the Canadians at the end of the ’01-’02 season, having successfully beaten  Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and leading his team past the heavily favored Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, the Montreal media was ready to anoint their captain as the next Habs legend. Apparently so were the programmers. Koivu was, and still is, a hero to the Montreal faithful, which must have included half the staff over at EA Canada.

The combination of the latest in deking technology and video-game Koivu’s new-found, unquenchable thirst to dangle filthily launched the Finnish center into EA sports immortality. Although the real Koivu posted a career best 71 points in the subsequent season, doubling those numbers would’ve been child’s play if he had nearly half the skills of his video game self.

NHL 94 – Jeremy Roenick

I’ll stick to my guns: ’93 Ronning is the best there’s ever been. But if anyone comes close it’s this guy.

Jeremy Roenick is well known for his skills on the ice. Today, he is identified by younger hockey fans as an analyst, small-time actor and overall badass (well at least until he cried on live television). In other words, Roenick transcends all realms of the entertainment industry. As one of the more recognizable American hockey players of his time, you’d expect JR to be the stud on an already-loaded Blackhawks roster in NHL ’94. Those expectations were well beyond exceeded. The pixelated, thumb-sized version of Roenick was a Super Nintendo mega-beast/borderline-god.

Forever cemented into video game history by this infamous scene in movie history in which he destroyed the great one himself, JR was sprung into EA Sports stardom.

This cemented video-game Roenick as “the guy behind the guy behind the guy.” Seriously, he was so f’n money.

Comments? Concerns? Questions? Answers? Opinions? Random gibberish? Go ahead and post your thoughts in the comment section.

Follow Joe Naftol on twitter: @JNaftol

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “The Top EA Sports NHL Video Game Characters of All-Time

  1. Pingback: Home Decorations Inspired By Video Games | Keboto

  2. So why is being overweight such a direct link to diabetes.
    There are various surgical methods to combat obesity.
    Sonnie Mc – Lemore is a health and fitness blog owner.

  3. So why is being overweight such a direct link to diabetes.
    Individuals who have underlying medical condition should also consult a
    physician before taking this diet pill. Assuming
    that you aren’t a super-taught individual, you will have
    some major snags adding on control over your zealous urges towards consuming distinctive sustenances.

  4. If you have been feeling tired and rundown lately, and seem
    to be gaining weight for no apparent reason, then it is time for a change.
    This means thay everybody who makes use of Adiphene should shed pounds.

    Having said that, the study has shown that just about anything that can maximize the metabolism, also can raise the weight reduction even if the human being is just resting.

  5. Click here to listen to our TLN Training Call Replay.
    You must constantly create value to your online customers or niche markets.
    If so, you can make money online answering phone calls for
    businesses.

  6. future, the researchers want to find out whether a combination of several educated in the gastrointestinal tract hormones can further enhance the effect of the gastric band.
    This means thay everybody who makes use of Adiphene should shed pounds.
    Having said that, the study has shown that just about anything that can maximize the metabolism,
    also can raise the weight reduction even if the human being is just
    resting.

  7. Don’t let fat cost-free or perhaps gentle meals trick anyone; them usually comprise copious amounts connected with one more unhealthy element.
    Individuals who have underlying medical condition should also consult a physician before taking this
    diet pill. With more time now passed, those rates would be even higher as obesity
    is still on the rise.

  8. The differences in their prices aren’t that significant
    unless you plan to buy an entire set of dumbbells.
    These discs are connected to the bar with a locking mechanism that has a weight wheel on the end.
    However, if strength, power, and muscle mass are one to your goals, then consider the Power Block Elite Set or even the Power Block Pro Rexan models.

  9. If you want to know the crystal clear details it is better to view just about any online
    store web sites explaining the actual product or service
    information using elements. There are hundreds to choose
    from, allowing you the choice of matching the type with
    your own health and fitness goals. Having said that,
    the study has shown that just about anything that can maximize the metabolism,
    also can raise the weight reduction even if the human being is just resting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s