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NHL 12 CHL 15 year old starting age 
Posted on August 14, 2011 at 03:17 AM.
This is becoming a trend. Instead of narrowing the backstory for personal career mode gameplay, it appears that NHL Canada has opted for allowing a fuller, albeit longer to play, CHL career. This is great news for a couple of reasons.

First, Bantam draft kids looking to continue their hockey playing shot at greatness get shipped off to a new city somewhere in North America to try their hand in games against clearly superior talent. Some of the over-agers, already drafted by NHL clubs, are just held in juniors to work on a few rough spots, often dominating their teammates and opponents alike. Men among boys, so to speak.

In terms of gameplay, hopefully EA correctly associated the vast difference in age and skills so early CHL exposure would be limited, difficult gameplay. Frustrating to play, but realistic. As you progress, things should get a lot easier.

Second, there's a coolness factor. Anyone who follows junior hockey in the WHL, OHL, or QMJHL, should get a rush pulling on their home team's sweater and hitting the ice for a while.

Junior hockey fans are typically very close to their team, many acting as boosters or in some circumstances, billet families, taking in a 16 year old homesick lad for a season of development in a foreign city. Everything just seems more tangible, more personal.

And EA Canada got it right. Junior hockey, regardless of wins and losses, regardless of small attendance, regardless of some sloppy play here and there, is still fun, energetic hockey deserving video game fraternal membership.

That's how I see it, and I'll see you between the pipes.
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