Next week features one of the most anticipated days on many hockey fans' calendar, for they will release the newest additions to the two very successful hockey video game franchises - EA Sports NHL 11 and 2K Sports' NHL 2k11. And then there's the all new Wayne Gretzky endorsed NHL Slapshot for the Nintendo Wii - I'll have to try that one out for sure.
Forget about that for just a second though. I want to take you way back to the one of the earliest video games released. From 1981 here is Activision's "Ice Hockey," released for the Atari 2600 gaming console.
Does that not bring back great memories, or what?!
Here's an old television commercial for video game. Check out the primitive graphics:
That's probably the best commercial I've ever seen for a hockey video game! Did anyone notice Phil Hartman?
Also be sure to check out this excellent history of hockey video games.