The NHL announced details for the Player Gaming Challenge with EA Sports to raise money towards coronavirus relief starting next Thursday. Each team will have 1-2 player representatives participating with center Evgeny Kuznetsov representing the Washington Capitals.
“Over the past several weeks, the NHL, its Clubs and player community have been very active with gaming initiatives in an effort to connect with fans while social distancing – such as charity tournaments, simulated games and nightly streams,” said Chris Golier, NHL Vice President of Business Development and Innovation. “The NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda will take gaming to another level. We know how competitive our players are, and coupled with the interaction between players, these series of competitions will be extremely fun to watch.”
Players will face off against players from other clubs during the challenge as the NHL tries to entertain fans while action is paused.
Tight end Luke Wilson of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks will represent the NHL Seattle franchise, which will start playing in the 2021-22 season. Former Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey is also one of the two representatives for the Detroit Red Wings.
For the full list of participants, see below:
Weekly matchups and broadcast details will be announced at the beginning of each week.
The NHL and EA Sports will donate $100,000 together for coronavirus relief.
Fox Sports Los Angeles play-by-play commentator Alex Faust, who calls the Los Angeles Kings games, will host the first series of matchups, which will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays.
NBC Sports will air the first series of games, including the Calgary Flames against the Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Winnipeg Jets, beginning at 5 PM ET on NBCSN as part of its Hockey Happy Hour programming.
Honda will serve as a sponsor.
“Even without live hockey competition, Honda is committed to keeping fans engaged by supporting NHL programming during the 2019-20 season pause,” said Meliza Humphrey, Manager of Honda Automobile Advertising at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We know this is a difficult time for many people including our dedicated NHL hockey fans and we are pleased to help provide access to NHL players and matchups in this virtual environment while supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.”
By Harrison Brown