A official press release confirmed weeks of rumours regarding the potential partnership between Electronic Arts and the Canadian Hockey League.  A Friday afternoon ‘statement’ confirming the inclusion of both CHL teams, and players in Electronic Arts’ upcoming NHL 11 ignited a Twitter explosion.  Anticipation for the game has been building around the puck blogosphere and gaming sites after an official image emerged on Thursday. There is not currently a release date for NHL 11, but E.A. has traditionally had the games come out about a month before the regular season begins.

Although I’m sure that developers have been anticipating the addition of Junior hockey players and their teams, judging by this list of features they’ll have some design work ahead of them:

“The licensing agreement between EA SPORTS and the CHL allows the following to be included in NHL 11:

– Ability to play with all 60 teams that make up the CHL

– Names and Likenesses of players that are on the rosters of a CHL team

– Mastercard Memorial Cup

– CHL new RBK Edge Jersey design in NHL 11

– WHL, OHL and QMJHL logos and league structures

The CHL integration in NHL 11 will tie to several modes in the game, including Be A Pro, Be A GM, Tournament Mode, Season Mode and Playoff Mode.”

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As someone that enjoys a good NHL video game (Xbox 360 FTW!), I can tell you that I’m drunk with adolescent adoration to get my game-on with some rugged WHL boys.