DION PHANEUF NAMED WORLDWIDE COVER ATHLETE OF EA’S NHL 09
> NHL Stars Alexander Ovechkin and Daniel Alfredsson Featured on Packaging
> in Russia and Sweden Respectively
> Redwood City, Calif. – Monday, June 9, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc.
> (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Calgary Flames defenseman Dion
> Phaneuf will be the cover athlete and spokesman for NHL(r) 09. With just
> three NHL seasons under his belt, Dion Phaneuf has been nominated for
> the 2007-2008 Norris Trophy, is a two-time All-Star, and has put up 159
> points thus far in his short NHL career. Phaneuf is joined by some of
> the NHL’s biggest international stars on packaging across Europe,
> including Alexander Ovechkin (Russia) and Daniel Alfredsson (Sweden).
> NHL 09 is being developed under the EA SPORTS(tm) brand by EA Canada in
> Vancouver, B.C and will be available worldwide this September.
> “It is an incredible honor to be named to the cover of NHL 09,” said
> Phaneuf. “I’ve been a really big fan of the franchise for as long as I
> can remember and am looking forward to being the face of the game this
> year, particularly because of the significant improvements that have
> been made to the defensive game and the new checking engine.”
> Player Territory Team
> Dion Phaneuf Worldwide* Calgary Flames
> Alexander Ovechkin Russia Washington Capitals
> Daniel Alfredsson Sweden Ottawa Senators
> *with the exception of the countries named below
> As the successor to the critically acclaimed NHL 08, winner of seven
> sports game of the year awards, NHL 09 builds on the momentum of last
> year, with innovative controls, added depth and new features designed to
> help newcomers jump into the series.
> The revolutionary Skill Stick System evolves to bring an unparalleled
> level of control to the defensive side of the puck. The all new
> Defensive Skill Stick gives you the ability to sweep your stick to block
> passing lanes and lift an opponent’s stick to prevent one-timers. Take
> your game online with 6 vs.6 team play, where 12 people can play
> together on 12 different consoles around the world. With new teams from
> the Russian, Czech Republic and German Elite leagues, NHL 09 connects
> hockey fans around the globe like never before.
> Players new to the series can now shoot, pass and check with ease. NHL
> 09 features Be A Pro, a game mode that will put you on the ice with a
> dynamic new 3rd person camera that allows you to play the role of one
> player. With a performance tracker grading your progress in more than 50
> categories, you will know exactly where you need to improve to become
> the next NHL superstar.
> The EA SPORTS NHL franchise is the #1 selling hockey game and the #1
> selling sports game in Canada**. The game will be available for the
> PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(r)2 computer
> entertainment system, Xbox 360(tm) video game system from Microsoft, and
> PC. For more information, log onto www.easports.com/nhl09.
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