Sarah Nurse, a prominent figure in the sport of ice hockey in Canada, will make history as the first female athlete to appear on the cover of an NHL video game, Electronic Arts said on Wednesday. Additionally, this will be the first time that EA Sports has included the women’s national team rosters that are governed by the International Ice Hockey Federation in a video game.
In a press release, Nurse remarked, “It is such a fantastic pleasure to be the first woman on the cover of the EA Sports’ NHL series.” Nurse is the first female player to ever appear on the cover of an NHL video game. “Hockey is actually for everyone, and I’m thrilled that ‘NHL 23’ is honoring the diversity and inclusion of the sport,” he said. ” I have high hopes that the growing number of women who participate in such a popular sport will encourage and motivate young women all around the world to realize that there is a place for them in hockey.
At the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Nurse topped all players with an Olympic record 18 points, which were important in Team Canada’s victory over the United States for the gold medal. She will be joined on the cover by Trevor Zegras, a 21-year-old Anaheim Ducks player who has captivated NHL spectators with a variety of amazing stickhandling and lacrosse-style goals. The magazine will be released in October.
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The choice to include Nurse on the cover of the long-running hockey simulation comes at a time when women are fighting for equal pay and to build a professional league in North America that can survive for the long term. The National Hockey League (NHL) has recently seen a rise in the number of women holding influential roles within the league’s organizations. In July, the New Jersey Devils appointed Kate Madigan to the position of assistant general manager, and the Los Angeles Kings appointed Manon Rhéaume, a former star goaltender for Team Canada, to the position of hockey operations adviser with a focus on prospect development. Both of these appointments took place in July. In a preseason game in 1992, Rhéaume became the first woman to ever participate in a National Hockey League contest when she tended the net for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In the previous episode of its yearly hockey simulation series, “NHL 22,” EA Sports included the player rosters for the women’s teams competing in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Additionally, it has only just integrated women’s soccer club team rosters from the major leagues in England and France to its FIFA brand in preparation for its forthcoming iteration, “FIFA 23,” which will be released on September 30. The outstanding player for Chelsea, Sam Kerr, will be featured on one of the cover iterations of that game, while French attacker Kylian Mbappé will be featured on the other. Alex Morgan, a striker for the United States Women’s National Team, was previously featured on the cover of “FIFA 16” with Lionel Messi, a phenomenal player from Argentina.