EA Sports recently announced a major overhaul to its wildly popular NHL game. In NHL 14, EA introduced real-world physics to your player. For this year’s edition, that has been expanded to all 12 skaters on the ice—along with the puck—to give players the most realistic hockey experience ever to be had on any video game console.

Also, do you remember how bland and generic fans in the stands have looked in every sports game ever? Well, in NHL 15, you will play in front of 9,000 dynamic and individual crowd models, which is the most ever included in any sports game to date. In addition to those changes, the on-ice commentary and presentation has been completely overhauled with the new NBC Sports Game Day Presentation and all-new commentary by Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk. In addition to that, TSN analyst Ray Ferraro will provide his insight from ice level.

Fans can also vote for who they want to be on the cover of NHL 15. Fans can visit NHL.com/CoverVote  and vote for their favorite player in an eight-man elimination tournament. They can also vote via Twitter on Thursdays using the hashtag #NHL15CoverVote. The following are the players you can vote for and their hashtag:

Patrice Bergeron #NHL15Bergeron
Logan Couture #NHL15Couture
Drew Doughty #NHL15 Doughty
Matt Duchene #NHL15Duchene
Erik Karlsson #NHL15Karlsson
Phil Kessel #NHL15Kessel
T.J. Oshie #NHL15Oshie
P.K. Subban #NHL15Subban

The winner of the cover contest will be unveiled at the 2014 NHL Awards on June 24 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

I know fans of the franchise can’t wait to get their hands on the newest edition to the NHL lineup, but they will have to find something to tide them over until it launches in Fall 2014. Until then, check out the new gameplay trailer by clicking the image above.

NHL 15 will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

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Jason Lundgren

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