The NHL is trying desperately to stay relevant even as their season sits in limbo and have today announced a new feature for fans to tune into. The NHL Player Gaming Challenge will be a tournament of EA SPORTS NHL 20 games featuring players from each of the 32 organizations. The tournament will go for four weeks starting on April 30th. The league and EA will donate a combined $100,000 in support of COVID-19 relief.
Because the Seattle expansion franchise doesn’t have any players to represent them at this point, Luke Willson from the Seattle Seahawks of the NHL will carry the torch.
The full list of participants:
Anaheim Ducks: Cam Fowler
Buffalo Sabres: Brandon Montour
Carolina Hurricanes: Warren Foegele
Colorado Avalanche: J.T. Compher
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Huberdeau
Nashville Predators: Filip Forsberg
New Jersey Devils: MacKenzie Blackwood
New York Islanders: Matt Martin
New York Rangers: Chris Kreider
NHL Seattle: Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Philadelphia Flyers: James van Riemsdyk
Tampa Bay Lightning: Tyler Johnson
Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman
Washington Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Select games can be seen on NBC Sports and Sportsnet ONE. All matches will also air within NHL Network’s on-air programming or its Twitch channel.