EA Sports takes female NHL fans into consideration, thanks to teenage girl

Tuesday, 13th September 2011 13:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA Sports’ releases NHL 12 today in the US, and for the first time ever, those who purchase the title will be able to play as a female.

According to The Globe and Mail, (via Yahoo Sports), we should all tip our proverbial and actual hats to Lexi Peters, a 14-year-old girl from Buffalo, NY.

Lexi  wrote a letter to EA’s Peter Moore asking why there wasn’t an option to create a female character in the game for female hockey fans, which she felt was “unfair to women and girl hockey players around the world.”

Moore passed the letter over to the executive producer of the NHL series, David Littman. The letter was a bit of a wake-up call for the firm, which realized that there are indeed females out there who enjoy hockey, and it would be pertinent if they were represented in the series as well.

So, for the first time ever in the game series, female character creation is present with NHL 12, and to further demonstrate how serious the firm took the matter, EA Sports had Lexi send in photos of herself so that her likeness could be the default female character in the game.

NHL 12 was released in Europe on September 9.

Thanks, GayGamer.



  1. Hybridpsycho

    Not that I care really, but how does this make sense? Isn’t the NHL only for the guys, I mean IRL that is. There are no females playing in the NHL? Sure they play hockey, but not NHL…


    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Well, neither do national, Elitserien or SM-Liiga teams, but they’re still included. It’s just a question of using the biggest and baddest license for the cover.

    It’s not that EA gives half a fuck about women’s hockey (and really, neither does anyone else) but with gamer feminism being the new buzz on the interwebs, they probably just saw an easy way to a post on sites like these. Cheaper than buying adspace.

    #2 3 years ago

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