While the league is on hiatus, the NHL has found a way to create competition for hockey fans. Beginning April 30th, the NHL and ESL will run a four week EA SPORTS NHL20 tournament on PlayStayion 4 that will be broadcast live on both social media and the NHL’s television partners. Each of the teams will be represented by at least one active player while the expansion Seattle franchise will also be a part of the tournament and will be represented by veteran NFL tight end Luke Wilson.
The Colorado Avalanche will be represented by J.T. Compher.
This is the latest step in the league’s encouragement of their players and fans to practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions during this pandemic. As a part of the NHL’s Hockey at Home initiative, the tournament is being set up to raise money for COVID-19 relief and is meant to remind people that while it may be tough, what’s important right now is that we all stay home as much as possible.
Starting this Thursday, Los Angeles Kings TV play-by-play announcer Alex Faust will host the series of weekly matchups, which will be released on Thursdays and Saturdays. NBC Sports will air the first series of games, beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN as part of their Hockey Happy Hour programming.
In Canada, Sportsnet will air select episodes on Sportsnet ONE over four consecutive weeks, starting Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m. ET with all matchups made available on Sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet NOW.
All games will also be streamed on the NHL’s social platforms: Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Premiere and NHL.com. Fans can follow along using the hashtag #HockeyAtHome.
The NHL Foundation and Electronic Arts will donate a combined $100,000 in support of the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
If you have the means and would like to contribute, you can do so here.
Stay home and stay safe.
Full list of Participants
Anaheim Ducks: Cam Fowler
Arizona Coyotes: Conor Garland, Clayton Keller
Boston Bruins: Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy
Buffalo Sabres: Brandon Montour
Calgary Flames: Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk
Carolina Hurricanes: Warren Foegele
Chicago Blackhawks: Drake Caggiula, Alex DeBrincat
Columbus Blue Jackets: Elvis Merzlikins, Zach Werenski
Colorado Avalanche: J.T. Compher
Dallas Stars: Stephen Johns, Jamie Oleksiak
Detroit Redwings: Madison Bowey, Anthony Mantha
Edmonton Oilers: Caleb Jones, Darnell Nurse
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Huberdeau
Los Angeles Kings: Michael Amadio, Blake Lizotte
Minnesota Wild: Devan Dubnyk, Jordan Greenway
Montreal Canadiens: Victor Mete, Nick Suzuki
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)
Ottawa Senators: Brady Tkachuk, Chris Tierney
Philadelphia Flyers: James van Riemsdyk
Pittsburgh Penguins: Zach Aston-Reese, Bryan Rust
San Jose Sharks: Evander Kane, Marcus Sorensen
St Louis Blues: Colton Parayko, Robert Thomas
Tampa Bay Lightning: Tyler Johnson
Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman
Vancouver Canucks: Thatcher Demko, Adam Gaudette
Vegas Golden Knights: Ryan Reaves, Alex Tuch
Washington Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Winnipeg Jets: Anthony Bitetto, Kyle Connor