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Sept 5, 2013 – EA SPORTS™ announced today that the highly popular mode Online Seasons* is now coming to Hockey Ultimate Team in NHL 14.  The most played game mode in EA SPORTS NHL®, Hockey Ultimate Team allows players to build their ultimate fantasy team from more than 4,000 players from leagues around the world, and compete with other players to prove their team is the very best.

Winner of the prestigious Game Critics Award for Best Sports Game at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), NHL 14 will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on September 10 in North America and by September 13 worldwide.

Major innovations to Hockey Ultimate Team in NHL 14 include:

Online Seasons: The best-in-class promotion and relegation system developed by EA SPORTS FIFA is now part of the Hockey Ultimate Team experience. Win games and advance to the next division to face tougher competition, but fall short and be bumped down in the ranks. Teams will be able to track their progress across multiple seasons, always shooting for a move up the standings.

Auction Assistant: One player can change everything and even the best GMs in the NHL need a little advice from time-to-time on how to get that player. The new Auction Assistant feature will display key information such as average price range, rarity rating and availability of a particular item in the auction house.

EA Puck Rewards Everywhere: You can now earn EA Pucks, the in-game currency for Hockey Ultimate Team, by completing games in other game modes like Play Now or Online Versus mode. Similar to games played in Hockey Ultimate Mode, you will earn pucks based on your performance at the end of a match. You can then redeem those pucks and use them in Hockey Ultimate Team.

Watch the NHL 14 Hockey Ultimate Team Trailer to see how one player can change everything

Head to the NHL 14 microsite to learn more about Hockey Ultimate Team

Fans who pre-order NHL 14 will receive the EA SPORTS Ultimate Pass**. The EA SPORTS Ultimate Pass includes twenty-four HUT Gold packs, delivered as one pack per week for twenty-four weeks.

Returning Hockey Ultimate Team users from NHL 13 who create a Hockey Ultimate Team in NHL 14 will be eligible to receive a one-time bonus of up to 150,000 EA Pucks*** in NHL 14.


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Visit the EA SPORTS NHL 14 website for more details.

NHL 14 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver and has been rated E10+ by the ESRB and PEGI 12; visit and for more information. Become a fan of EA SPORTS NHL on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC ®. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit

*Internet connection and Origin Account (EA) registration required. You must be 13+ to register. EA Online Privacy Policy and Terms of Service can be found at The same Origin account must be used in both the demo and the full product in order to receive bonus

**Conditions apply; please visit for more details

***Bonus is granted as a one-time offer per user account based on in-game progress in HUT 13. Returning HUT users will need to actively redeem Returning User Bonus in HUT 14. Any progress, purchases, items in HUT collection, etc. will not be carried over from HUT 13 to HUT 14


NHL® 14 is an Officially Licensed Product of the NHL and the NHLPA. NHLPA, National Hockey League Players' Association and the NHLPA logo are trademarks of the NHLPA. © NHLPA. NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.

NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.  © NHL 2013.  All Rights Reserved.

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