Following a licensing agreement with the IIHF and its members national associations, EA SPORTS has made NHL 22 a truly global experience with IIHF content, now available in-game as part of the latest video game patch update.
Starting today, players can lace up their skates and experience the IIHF World Junior Championship tournament. In addition, all the current men’s senior national team jerseys and branding have been updated to add a more realistic look and feel to the game’s international competitions.
In another exciting development, playable women’s teams will soon be available for the first time ever with the IIHF women’s national teams and IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship to be present in NHL 22. Players will be able to celebrate this golden era of women’s hockey by playing as their favorite teams and players. Starting early 2022, players can hit the ice with icons like USA’s Hilary Knight, Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, and Finland’s Jenni Hiirikoski, among many other superstars.
The IIHF Women’s’ World Championship tournament update will come in January 2022 with a patch that will make the tournament playable, together with the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
In all, 24 IIHF Member National Associations will be represented in NHL 22, with more to come in future installments.
“Looking forward, the IIHF and its partners are also excited to create more opportunities to promote ice hockey through future esports offerings.”
“The introduction of women’s national teams to NHL 22 as part of the upcoming IIHF content will be an important moment for the franchise in its continued effort to reflect the diversity of the hockey community,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, VP and GM, EA SPORTS. “We are proud to feature playable women’s teams for the first time in NHL 22, alongside the rising stars on the World Juniors teams.”
For more about the introduction of IIHF, please check out the website here and view the new trailer here.
NHL 22 also introduced a number of features that have been long-awaited by fans as part of this latest update: Roster Sharing and HUT Content Migration. Roster Sharing allows fans to download other players’ rosters that they have uploaded throughout the year, and HUT Content Migration allows players who started playing with previous generation consoles to transfer their HUT Team value and progress to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
NHL 22 is now available on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. For more information on EA SPORTS NHL, visit www.easports.com/NHL.