Things That Drive Me Insane In NHL 13: "Phy...sics?"

JP Nikota
November 14 2012 09:53AM

Before I begin my kvetching, I feel I should make one thing clear: EA has made some really impressive strides (no pun intended) in recreating the physics of a hockey game played on ice. The revamped skating in NHL 13 is, for example, more true to the way that players actually move about the rink, and so I don't mean to be too broadly critical of the game. There is still, however, much work to be done, and the more realistic a video game gets, the more enraging these (increasingly minor) glitches can be.

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Things That Drive Me Insane In NHL 13: "I can't touch the puck!"

JP Nikota
November 05 2012 07:49PM

With the NHL season in limbo, it's only natural that many of us have been breaking more and more frequently with reality. That is, we're opting for a virtual reality over the one we're being presented by Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr, and their muppet minions.

Alas, I don't enjoy EA Sports' NHL 13 the way I had hoped. In the coming weeks, I intend to showcase different (and frustrating) shortcomings of the game as part of a series of posts.

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Brandon Convery On The Pressures Of Being A High Draft Pick - For The Leafs

JP Nikota
September 13 2012 08:33AM

Brandon Convery's story is one that many other former NHL draft picks share. After being a high, first-round selection (8th overall for the Leafs in 1992), his career never quite hit high gear at the highest level of competition. Of course, there is no single explanation as to why, but for Convery, it's clear that media pressure had something to do with it. 

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BURN HIM ANYWAY: Why I Can't Stop Hating Gary Bettman

JP Nikota
September 11 2012 07:12AM

By all accounts, Gary Bettman is, and has been throughout his career, a very successful, intelligent, and hardworking individual, who, if his salary is any indication, commands great respect amongst the NHL's owners. He is an ivy-league graduate (Cornell) in Industrial and Labour Relations, and has his J.D. from New York University Law. Under his tenure, the league has grown both in size and in overall profitability, and exposure south of the 49th paralell has been well-nurtured. He is at the helm of the most competitive hockey league in the world, and has been for nearly twenty years.

So why can't I stop making silly photochops of a man who has dedicated his life to fostering the growth of hockey?

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What About Them American Boys?

JP Nikota
August 22 2012 10:57AM

We've heard a lot of complaints—the loudest of them from Don Cherry—about Brian Burke's affinity for drafting players born and raised in the United States.

Now, it's no secret that Burke prefers to build his teams with North American players. Sure, Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski are important cogs in his team, but, even looking very casually at the makeup of Burke's teams over the years, it's clear that Europeans are not as well represented in the ranks as their North American colleagues.

So what's the deal?

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