EA Sports Does Good With Inclusion of Women In NHL 13
By Alex Cranz
Women and men aren’t supposed to compete together. Men have baseball. Women have softball. Men have the NBA. Women have the WNBA. Men have football. Women have cheerleading. We have our roles. Except for one time in the NHL and in some very cool European hockey leagues. There women actually play alongside men and are awesome.
But apparently they’ve never been awesome enough to appear in any of the NHL games produced by EA Sports.
Until last year when a teenager hockey player wrote in and asked them why she couldn’t build a character in their games that looked like her. Instead of getting defensive EA did the right and awesome thing and added women to NHL 12.
With NHL 13 they went one step further.
And added not just a female body type in the Build-A-Character section, but professional women hockey players!
Those two women up front are Olympians Haley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero. Wickenheiser is considered the best female hockey player to ever live and the only woman to ever score goals in a professional male league. Ruggiero is sort of like her American counterpart. A trailblazing player that holds the distinction of being part of the only sister/brother pair to play on the same team in a professional league.
Why a sitcom based on her experiences hasn’t been created I will never know.
With all the weird and creepy stuff going on in nerd circles. With companies like DC Comics knocking women down and then getting into a snit when they’re called on it it is so damn refreshing to see EA actually apologize and then do better. It’s not just awesome morally, but financially!
NHL 13 will hit the streets September 11.