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NHL Announces NHL 20 Player Gaming Challenge

With their seasons suspended or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, professional sports leagues around the world have turned to esports to give their fans some competition to watch while staying inside. The NHL is the latest organization to go virtual, announcing Thursday that nearly 50 real-life hockey players have signed up to represent their teams in an NHL 20 competition called the NHL Player Gaming Challenge.

This won’t be a tournament per se; the NHL has set up a series of one-off games that will play out primarily during the month of May. It sounds like the league organized these head-to-head matchups around fun themes — for instance, one of the first games will feature the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators, with the intra-Canadian contest pitting Matthew Tkachuk against his younger brother Brady Tkachuk.

The NHL Player Gaming Challenge will commence April 30 and run for four weeks with one or two players from each NHL team competing in one head-to-head matchup with one or two players from another NHL team in NHL 20. In all, there will be 16 games played.

Some of the top players who will be participating are Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames, Alex DeBrincat of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers, Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators, Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks, Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals and Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets.

The NHL’s announcement of this esports event follows similar initiatives from other sports leagues. Baseball players have engaged in heated competition in the MLB The Show Players League, while soccer fans have been able to watch their favorite players from both Major League Soccer and the English Premier League duke it out in FIFA 20 tournaments. And this won’t be the NHL’s first foray into esports during this pandemic. Last night, Alexander Ovechkin and Wayne Gretzky played each other in NHL 20, helping to raise more than $40,000 for charity. Moreover, z2u.com provides Cheap NHL 20 Coins for players. As an online in-game currency store for many years, we’ve received great reputation for our reliable service.