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  1. NHLGamers, In the background of all the NHL 20-hype, we've been experiencing the finals of our annual Summer Cup and as we're used to, we saw some great stories and a somewhat surprising champion at the end - congratulations to NG Moevenpick! The Summer Cup is a tournament aimed to generate new friendships (or rivalries) and unite our community into a more casual environment while still having competitive games going on for you guys. With the somewhat renewed drafting system we employed in this years iteration we wanted to both level the playing field in the sense that teams would be more balanced and simultaneously promote the networking aspect of our tournament. NG Moevenpick 🏆 Regular season record: 11-4-3 Round 1: vs NG Baarikarpanen 3-2 Quarterfinals: vs NG Take Me To Church 3-2 Semifinals: vs NG Karaokemiehet 3-2 Finals: vs NG Vilun Taksi 3-0 Goaltenders #29 S.Netcirgenov @Darcam #33 J.Plattner @Joshua Plattner (C) Defensemen #9 M.Tetarenko @Toneee9 #19 S.Braun @Charly #55 R.Sepp @x Holtbeast #63 N.Schmitz @xXPsykoSkillsXx Forwards #6 J.Palapuz @Krinke #11 S.Seibert @Seibertus94 #22 B.Stotz @xxairmax1oo #34 F.Kiss @ProfaneKiss #79 T.Mouting @LosTypos #89 A.Eder @Fire_019 #96 -.Zettsyuk @Playmaker Congratulations to our champions NG Moevenpick! Captain Darth-SidiouzZ comments on his teams success as follows: "No one really expected us to go that far and to even win the whole tournament makes it that much more satisfying. It was a really exciting league, but now we wish all the best for all teams in NHL 20 😉👍" We're hoping to hear your thoughts on this years Summer Cup, so please share your feedback in the comments section. We know you guys are passionate and want games to play throughout the year, how can we make your experience even better? Keep in mind the original reasoning behind the Summer Cup though, we want to keep it casual and promote networking. Shoot!
  2. Hey NHLGamers! The sun is coming up and the Summer Cup 4 is about to start soon. Here is our service announcement that provides all the necessary details for all captains and regular players to be ready for today's Live Draft and the league start. THE DRAFT The Live Draft will take place today, Sunday 4th of August, on NHLGamer Twitch at 17 CEST / 18 EEST and we will be streaming for approximately ~6 hours in an effort to draft all of the ~400 players, meaning the draft procedure will be finished by 00 CEST / 01 CEST. This will require all of the captains to make their selection in 30-60 seconds per turn. @Kenu and @Janikka will be functioning as our hosts during that time. We will also have a few topics to discuss, and are happy to answer any questions that come up in the chat! To all captains: We have sent out a private message to all of you, asking to confirm your presence for today's draft. It is crucial all of you are able to attend - otherwise we need to find backup captains on short notice! You have also been sent a message with more information about the player list and options to get connected. The draft order will be decided in a draft lottery, which we will broadcast very shortly, so get ready for a marathon stream! The draft will be a so-called 'snake draft', meaning that if you get the first pick in round 1, you will have the last pick in round 2. If you had the last pick in round 1, you'll have the first pick in round 2 - and so on. In addition to this, based on your feedback we've decided to run the draft with option number 1 from the SC announcement last week: Every team should have 1 Elite, 1 Pro and 1 Lite player in their roster after the first two rounds. For example: If you as a captain played in the Elite division in ECL 8, you have to pick one Pro and one Lite player in the first two rounds. If you as a a captain played in the Pro division in ECL 8, you have to pick one Elite and one Lite player in the first two rounds. If you as a captain played in the Lite division in ECL 8, you have to pick one Elite and one Pro player in the first two rounds. If you are a rookie and didn't play ECL before, you get recognized as a Lite player and have to pick one Elite and one Pro player in the first two rounds. After these first two rounds however your picks are unrestricted. We do kindly ask all players and captains to be aware of the picks of the other captains because our code will not cover this rule, so we have to manually catch those eventual mistakes. USEFUL LINKS FOR FOLLOWING THE DRAFT We will do our best to entertain you and keep you up to date on our stream. However, if you're a captain, or simply enjoy browsing through lists, you might find these useful. Full list of everyone who signed up for Summer Cup 4 (static) Same as above, but only including players that are undrafted (dynamic) See the draft picks here (dynamic) Static means that the information will not be updating, while dynamic means that these pages will update (requires a browser refresh) according to what happens in the draft DO YOU WISH TO BE A CAPTAIN? As always, if you're in anyway interested in being a captain but haven't been able to update your sign-up sheet to show this, then please send a message to @jahajaha93 and / or @MartindalexC as soon as possible. The more captains the better as it allows us to make sure that we hit our targets and thusly can provide you, the player, with the best Summer Cup experience possible! THE RULES The ruleset for this year's Summer Cup is currently being tweaked, however we will try to make it available to all players as soon as possible, so please stay tuned. LEAGUE FORMAT As we get a better picture on how many captains there are (and thusly the amount of teams) we will update this. Generally speaking however, we are looking to have 4 groups, with 8/9 teams in each. Additionally, we are aiming to have the regular season run for around 3 weeks, giving us this timeline: Regular season: 5.8.-25.8. Playoffs round 1: 26.8.-28.8. Quarter Finals: 29.8.-1.9. Semi Finals: 2.-4.9. Finals: 5.-7.9. As you may have noticed, the schedule for the SC this time around is quite intensive. All this means is that it is especially important that captains draft players who are available more often than not. That's all you need to know for now. Make sure to tune in for today's Live Draft!
  3. NHLGamers, That's another one in the books! What a weekend we've had at Assembly Summer 2019. Four tremendously skilled teams showed up to battle for the brightest medal, but one prevailed as champion - HAVU Gaming! It's been a year of success for the team, as they've now acquired three major titles during NHL 19. The ECL 8 and Spring League championships under the Written In The Stars banner and now the FCL championship in their new green HAVU Gaming colours. All in all, we can state that HAVU was the team to beat in NHL 19. The Top 4 of FCL 6vs6 season 1: HAVU Gaming 🏆 Regular season record: 12-2-0 Round 1: vs POGGERS 2-0 Quarterfinals: vs Almost Famous 2-0 Semifinals: vs Butterfly Effect 2-0 Finals: vs FILADELPHIA 3-0 LW #6 Ilmari @Buantso Lehkonen C #13 Risto @Dominointi Järvi RW #91 Tuukka @FlyerKungen Kuha LD #78 Kristian-Mikael @Nassustelija Katajisto RD #43 Wille @willekunq Juntunen G #88 Hannes @Hansulinho Kettunen FILADELPHIA 🥈 Regular season record: N/A Round 1: vs Invictus 2-0 Quarterfinals: vs GHETTO FIREBIRDS 2-0 Semifinals: vs Symphony 2-0 Finals: vs Havu Gaming 0-3 LW #44 Paul @PleeMaker Arontie C #86 Joonas @Juunas Paatiala RW #25 Erik @Eki Tammenpää LD #82 Janne @Janzuh Nyqvist RD #7 Aleksi @vatalisti Loimuvirta G #88 Oskari @sibeelius Grönroos Butterfly Effect 🥉 Regular season record: 9-2-1 Round 1: vs Rusty Blades 2-0 Quarterfinals: vs Northern Ascendancy 2-0 Semifinals: vs Havu Gaming 0-2 Bronze Game: vs Symphony 1-0 LW #89 Vili @Vilupoika Häkkinen C #91 Jere @jergelii Jortama RW #23 Niklas @NikkeDangles Tukiainen LD #27 Aaro @xDoumi Ruuhinen RD #39 Ville-Petteri @vviljo Särmä G #85 Reittu @Roisto999 Hynynen Symphony Regular season record: 9-2-1 Round 1: vs Dynasty 2-1 Quarterfinals: vs SOPPAJENGI 2-0 Semifinals: vs FILADELPHIA 0-2 Bronze Game: vs Butterfly Effect 1-0 LW #92 Joakim @Joukki Nyholm C #96 Perttu @Beniittto Kemppainen RW #9 Santeri @indi969 Pendolin LD #4 Markus @Makeaxl Lahti RD #63 Ilmari @Ilmari_30 Töyrylä G #25 Casper @ICappeI Lundgren Champions, enjoy this feeling! NHLGamer extends a warm thank you to everyone who made their way to Assembly Summer and checked in on the stream. Also a big thank you to Gigantti who made it all possible! Next up is the Summer Cup, if that's not for you, we'll see you in NHL 20!
  4. NHLGamers, The FCL season has been played in a quick pace so we can't really be talking about a "long, exhausting season" here. Instead we'll bring up the interesting and somewhat extraordinary circumstances that we're heading into the final weekend from. Everyone that's somewhat caught up with what's happening around the EA Sports NHL franchise is aware of the fact that the NHL 20 Beta has been out for the past few days. The fact that all of the players involved have spent the days leading up to a major tournament playing a completely different game might be mind-boggling to some, but I've heard through the grapevine that these guys trust their skill enough to not let that faze them. Nevertheless, all of that adds to the interesting nature of these finals. There's a lot on the line and the best team is going to take it home come Saturday evening. (#1) FILADELPHIA vs Symphony (#8) FILADELPHIA Regular season record: N/A GF/GA (Regular season): N/A Road to the Semi's: vs Invictus (2-0), vs GHETTO FIREBIRDS (2-0) FILADELPHIA headed into the tournament from an interesting position. It's customary in esports for a reigning champion to participate by invite but this is the first time that model is put into practice at NHLGamer. Some people worried if their form would be there and I would personally feel a bit odd coming into a tournament directly into the playoffs, but FILA passed that test with flying colours. Playing with exactly the same lineup as last time they took the title, we can surely expect them to put forth an impressive campaign once again. The advantage FILA has is certainly their established chemistry and according to themselves on multiple occasions a relaxed team spirit. FILADELPHIA has done some team practice in NHL 19 during the past week, so that might also benefit them. Symphony Regular season record: 9-2-1 GF/GA (Regular season): 54/13 Road to the Semi's: vs Dynasty (2-1), vs SOPPAJENGI (2-0) We saw symphony at the finals of IS Cup 3 too, as they finished 3rd after an outstanding campaign in which they dominated their groupstage and suffered their only playoff series loss against the eventual champion FILADELPHIA in the semifinals. The team has experienced some player turnover since then, but the efforts so far seem to be indicative of an eventual top 3 finish again. It'll be interesting to see how they fare against FILA this time, as their opponents are sporting exactly the same lineup as last time. The changes in Symphony has sacrificed a bit on their defensive end but bolstered their goaltending as they signed Swedish superstar netminder @ICappeI, which has turned out to be a great move. The Swede has been hard to beat and will definitely make scoring difficult for FILA. (#4) HAVU Gaming vs Butterfly Effect (#7) HAVU Gaming Regular season record: 12-2-0 GF/GA (Regular season): 72/17 Road to the Semi's: vs POGGERS (2-0), vs Almost Famous (2-0) The former Written In The Stars kicked off FCL with a boom as they announced their affiliation with HAVU Gaming and with that also assumed their name and appearance. The first few games under the new banner were a bit shaky, but in reality, no concern was warranted. The players were still the same and so was the game. After all, these are your reigning European champions. HAVU quickly took up pace and finished 2nd in their group after SOPPAJENGI. The playoffs haven't proven to be a challenge for these guys as they've swept the opposition in both matchups, and as a 4th seed these opponents were viable teams to put up a fight in POGGERS and Almost Famous. Butterfly Effect Regular season record: 9-2-1 GF/GA (Regular season): 58/15 Road to the Semi's: vs Rusty Blades (2-0), vs Northern Ascendancy (2-0) Butterfly Effect has played a tournament for the ages so far in the FCL. They quickly made their come up by grinding through our ECL divisions system and has been a consistent Elite performer ever since - though never really pushing past the last barrier. With the FCL they allowed themselves the possibility to do so by putting forth a satisfying groupstage effort but going off on a tear in the playoffs by dominating both Rusty Blades and Northern Ascendancy in their BO3 series. Youngster @NikkeDangles has been their main new recruit and he has performed extraordinarily alongside captain @jergelii and top-scorer @Vilupoika. FLY is looking good and are now also hoping to prove it in their first lan event. HAVU is a big mountain to climb, but an upset is not out of the question. Preliminary schedule for Saturday 3.8: (Times in CEST) 12:30-13:00 FILADELPHIA vs Symphony - Game 1 13:00-13:30 Symphony vs FILADELPHIA - Game 2 13:30-14:00 FILADELPHIA vs Symphony - Game 3 14:00-14:30 HAVU Gaming vs Butterfly Effect - Game 1 14:30-15:00 Butterfly Effect vs HAVU Gaming - Game 2 15:00-15:30 HAVU Gaming vs Butterfly Effect - Game 3 —————————————— 30 MIN BREAK —————————————— 16:00-16:45 SF1 Loser vs SF2 Loser - Bronze Game 17:00-20:10 Finals, BO5 Arttu @OLVARI Hämäläinen and Joonas @SUPERVIRTA Virta will be your commentators throughout the day. All games will be streamed on the Pelaajat.com Twitch channel.
  5. NHLGamers, It's been a long Friday at Assembly Summer, but at the end of the day we're pleased to announce your new FCL 1vs1 champion - @kriketski17! Let's take a look back at 's road to the championship: Group stage record: 9-1-0-0 Knockout stage: vs Janeccu91 2-0 vs @Ojamoska 2-0 vs @Vilupoika 2-1 Finals group stage: 2-0-1-0 Quarterfinals vs @Dreamickie 2-0 Semifinals vs @FlyerKungen 2-0 Finals vs @Eki 2-0 The top 3 of FCL 1vs1 are: 1. @kriketski17 2. @Eki 3. @FlyerKungen NHLGamer would like to congratulate Kriketski17 on a tremendous tournament and the championship! See you tomorrow for some FCL 6vs6 action!
  6. NHLGamers, Tomorrow, on Friday, 2nd of August it's time for 16 of the best NHL 19 1vs1 players to battle it out for the title of Finnish Champion at Assembly Summer in Messukeskus, Helsinki. There's multiple Finnish champions, both former and current among these players - also the former NHLGWC champion Eki can be found in these ranks, as probably the biggest favourite too! It's not only the title that's at stake, though. The 16 contenders will be fighting for their share of the 5000€ prize pool in the tournament. It'll be a long day full of joy, disappointment, exciting games and at the end we'll know who deserves the title - without further ado, let's get on by reviewing our groups. Group A @Eki - Erik Tammenpää @Nieppi - Janne Niemelä @SUPERVIRTA - Joonas Virta @FlyerKungen - Tuukka Kuha This is one pickle of a group as we see four very high level and high profile players go up against each other. Eki is the obvious favourite, but then we've got the extremely skilled FlyerKungen, who's admittedly more accomplished on the 6s side but also a force to be reckoned with in versus. We also see SUPERVIRTA, who's maybe more known as an entertaining streamer, but showed his competitive capabilities by going to the NHLGWC regionals this spring. Nieppi isn't one to count out either, he's a consistent performer who hasn't really stepped up to the bright lights yet, but we always seem to see him breathing down the neck of the top players. Eki is a safe bet, but otherwise it'll be a free-for-all. Group B @Hansulinho - Hannes Kettunen @xKeskitalo - Samuli Keskitalo @kriketski17 - Kristian Veijola @Xteemuz - Teemu Polttila Hansulinho and Kriketski are the favourites to advance from this group, but they won't do so without a fight. Hansu always seems to make it to the final events, but he has had some off-days in the past. I've heard some reports about xTeemuz looking good and having a proper chance to stand up to these guys, so don't count him out just yet! xKeskitalo will have his work cut out for him if he wants to advance from this group tomorrow, it should be noted that there are no bad players at this event so don't take these predictions for a fact! Group C @Artuzio - Arttu Mustila @PleeMaker - Paul Arontie @xDoumi - Aaro Ruuhinen @Sagee95 - Saku Björn Group C is without a doubt a group of death in this contest. The top contenders here are Plee and Doumi for sure, but I doubt Artuzio and Sagee will give anything up for free. It's a bit unfortunate to see so many talented players in the same group up front but hey - to be the best you will need to beat everyone at some point anyway. It's looking like Pleemaker and Doumi will advance and Artuzio together with Sagee will end up the odd men out. Group D @Dreamickie - Vesa Rajamäki @Hullued - Joona Saarinen @Spearzz_ - Olof Forsbacka @Aatu (Nuarikukko_) - Aatu Aarnio Group D is in contrast to group C, the weakest one in this event. Dreamickie is known to usually pave his way into the playoffs at these events, so there's your group winner. My sources tell me Spearzz_ isn't a bad bet to make it either. Preliminary schedule for Friday, 2.8: (Times in CEST) 11:00-11:30 Player check-in 12:00-14:00 Group stage 14:30-15:30 Quarterfinals BO3 15:30-16:30 Semifinals #1 BO3 16:30-17:30 Semifinals #2 BO3 ------- 30 MIN BREAK ----- 18:00-18:30 Bronze game BO1 18:30-19:30 Finals BO3 Arttu @OLVARI Hämäläinen and Rasmus @Rapsu Virtanen will be your commentators throughout the day. All games will be streamed on the Pelaajat.com Twitch channel. Good luck to all players and hope to see everyone else either live or in the stream chat!
  7. NHLGamers, Although a bit overshadowed by the NHL 20 Beta hype, we've yet again concluded a season in one of our leagues. The Spring League was started due to heavy interest from the community to have some competitive games going on and with 78 teams signing up we can call this one a success. At the end we had two teams remaining who battled it out for the title as Spring League champion. Written In The Stars played their last game under that name (now HAVU) as they faced off against Butterfly Effect in a best-of-5 series. Here's how it went: Game 1: Written In The Stars - Butterfly Effect 3-2 OT Game 2: Butterfly Effect - Written In The Stars 0-3 Game 3: Written In The Stars - Butterfly Effect 1-0 Written In The Stars ROAD TO THE FINALS Regular season record: 22-0-0 Round 1: BYE Round 2: vs HC Unknown Diamond 3-0 Round 3: vs The Black Jacks 3-0 Quarterfinals: vs Nordic Stars 3-1 Semifinals: vs Unlucky Boys HC 3-0 GOALTENDERS #16 V. Voutilainen @VesKuLiNe #88 H. Kettunen @Hansulinho DEFENSEMEN #43 Y. Wilhelm @willekunq #65 N. Mooh @kojowaa #78 M. Katajisto @Nassustelija FORWARDS #6 I. Lehkonen @Buantso #13 R. Järvi @Dominointi #25 E. Tammenpää @Eki #87 T. Keränen @topikeranen #91 T. Kuha @FlyerKungen NHLGamer congratulates Written In The Stars for the title!
  8. That's on me! My almanac is messed up 🤯
  9. NHLGamers, Friday, 2nd of August, 2019 doesn't only mean you get to turn pages in your almanac and enjoy the start of the weekend - it also marks the day of the FCL 1vs1 Finals at Assembly Summer 2019. NHLGamer together Gigantti are heading to Messukeskus for the biggest NHL gaming event of the summer and we invite you guys to join us! Head over to Assembly.org in order to purchase you tickets and get more info on the event itself. Let's continue by going over the agenda for the weekend. NHL 19 1vs1 - Friday 2nd of August starting at 12:00 CEST As stated, we'll kick things off on Friday with the NHL 1vs1 Finals, where the 16 best Finnish players will be going head-to-head in order to determine a new champion and also leave with a nice chunk of change. Without further ado, we present to you the final groups of the FCL 1vs1 Final: Group A @Eki - Erik Tammenpää @Nieppi - Janne Niemelä @SUPERVIRTA - Joonas Virta @FlyerKungen - Tuukka Kuha Group B @Hansulinho - Hannes Kettunen @xKeskitalo - Samuli Keskitalo @kriketski17 - Kristian Veijola @Xteemuz - Teemu Polttila Group C @Artuzio - Arttu Mustila @PleeMaker - Paul Arontie @xDoumi - Aaro Ruuhinen @Sagee95 - Saku Björn Group D @Dreamickie - Vesa Rajamäki @Hullued - Joona Saarinen @Spearzz_ - Olof Forsbacka @Aatu (Nuarikukko_) - Aatu Aarnio These players will first compete in a group stage, after which the two top seeds from each group will advance to the playoffs, which are played in a best of 3 manner. Group 1 will be matched against group 2 and group 3 against group 4 in the playoffs. The evening will culminate in a best of 3 final series. The bronze game will be played prior to the final. Preliminary schedule for Friday, 2.8: (Times in CEST) 11:00-11:30 Player check-in 12:00-14:00 Group stage 14:30-15:30 Quarterfinals BO3 15:30-16:30 Semifinals #1 BO3 16:30-17:30 Semifinals #2 BO3 ------- 30 MIN BREAK ----- 18:00-18:30 Bronze game BO1 18:30-19:30 Finals BO3 Arttu @OLVARI Hämäläinen and Rasmus @Rapsu Virtanen will be your commentators throughout the day. Watch the action live on Twitch starting 12:00 CEST.* NHL 19 6vs6 - Saturday 3rd of August starting at 12:30 CEST In addition to absolute top-tier 1vs1 action, you'll be treated to arguably the best 6vs6 ehockey in the world on Saturday! We're delighted to bring you four Elite level teams who all are eager to fight for the second ever title of Finnish 6vs6 NHL champion. Here are your Semifinal matchups for the FCL 6vs6 Final event: FILADELPHIA (#1) vs Symphony (#8) HAVU Gaming (#4) vs Butterfly Effect (#7) The semifinals will be played in best of 3 fashion after which the losers will face off in a bronze game. The night will culminate in a best of 5 final series. Preliminary schedule for Saturday, 3.8: (Times in CEST) 12:30-14:00 Semifinals #1 BO3 14:00-15:30 Semifinals #2 BO3 ------- 30 MIN BREAK ----- 16:00-16:45 Bronze game BO1 17:00-20:10 Finals BO5 Arttu @OLVARI Hämäläinen and Joonas @SUPERVIRTA Virta will be your commentators throughout the day. Watch the action live on Twitch starting 12:15 CEST.* Prizes are subject to tax as per Finnish law and the tax is withheld before payment Stay tuned for more detailed previews coming soon! * Times might be subject to change
  10. Hey NHLGamers! Many of you have been asking for it, and here we are - delivering. The Summer Cup has been a very nice tradition for three consecutive years already, bringing the community together and giving us something to play for during the summer months. This year has been a bit different in the sense that interest around NHL gaming is ramping up and we've been hosting a number of great leagues and tournaments including live events - with more to come. Therefore we made the decision to postpone the start of our beloved casual tourney. Despite the delay, the Summer Cup is now here! Due to community feedback we will be suggesting altering some aspects of this iteration, mainly with the drafting in order to ensure a more even spread of talent throughout the teams in the tournament. For the draft, we will be giving you guys two alternatives to choose between, we'll be implementing the more popular one. Our suggestions are: 1. Captains will be seeded into baskets based on perceived skill level (based on previous season - Elite, Pro or Lite). During the first two rounds captains get to pick one player from each of the two divisions that they do not represent. (In the case of the player representing a team that was relegated from or promoted to Elite at the end of ECL 8, the player will be interpreted as an Elite player). 2. Keep it as it has been in the past - no restrictions apply to the drafting. Please submit your votes/opinions in the comments section. What is the Summer Cup? The Summer Cup is a draft-type league aimed at both experienced community members and complete rookies. The stated goal of this tournament is to improve networking within the community and introduce new players to the great world of NHLGamer. Our Summer Cup is always a great venue for prospects to open up doors for entry into the upcoming ECL season. The same promise remains for season 4, only this time we’ll deliver better! Last year over 400 players took part in our tournament, which were drafted in a quite nice fashion (compared to some other years 😅) during the live stream. As always, we will need a good number of volunteer captains that are up for the challenge, so please consider your availability to act as a Summer Cup captain. Similarly to last summer, we will not be having any prizes for this season. We’ve received valuable feedback from our community members and based on this, the decision was made that a Summer Cup without prizes will best serve the original purpose of the tournament – to increase networking and allow new players entry to our community. SUMMER CUP 4 FRAMEWORK Team building: No more than 2 players from a single ECL 8 team are allowed to play on the same Summer Cup team. This rule applies to the final rosters, after transfers and free agents. Team names: The Summer Cup will be played in dedicated EASHL teams which will have "NG" as a prefix - for example "NG Golden Knights". Sign-ups: To rule out unfortunate circumstances when it comes to player positioning, holidays and other aspects, the sign-ups will follow a clear structure, allowing captains to recognize fitting players more easily. Draft procedure: The team captains will be taking part in a snake draft, where all of the signed up players will be drafted during one night. LEAGUE DETAILS Summer Cup Season 4 will take place on the PS4 version of NHL 19. Last day to sign up is Saturday 3rd of August 2019. Players sign up using the registration tool linked at the bottom of the post. Due to the latency issues experienced by the North American players in Summer Cup 2, Summer Cup 4 is only for European players. All signed up players are aimed to be seeded into teams with a size of 10 players (may vary). Out of all registrations, NHLGamer Staff will select an according number of team captains from the players that offered to take on a captaincy role in their sign-up post - anyone is allowed to apply for it. Team captains will receive a draft sheet on Sunday 4th of August, containing all signed up players and relevant information in a structured form. Team captains will be taking part in a live draft event on Sunday 4th of August picking their roster until all players are seeded. The draft will be streamed live on our Twitch channel. All games are played 6vs6 using dedicated EASHL teams. The Summer Cup is set to start on the week of August 5th and aimed to be finished before the release of NHL 20. Full rules will be released after the registration is over. HOW TO PARTICIPATE To participate, make sure you are logged in or create an account first, visit the sign-up page and fill in all fields of the registration form like below - make sure the player positions in your Player Card are up-to-date so captains know who they are drafting! You can update your Player Card on the "Edit Player" page. Sign-up page: Click here! Let's make this year's Summer Cup at least as memorable as the previous ones! Looking forward to seeing you on the ice!
  11. NHLGamers, First round action in the FCL was short but sweet! The games continue in quick succession as we are closing in on the grand final at Assembly Summer 2019. The quarterfinal round of playoffs is to be completed and reported by end-of-day Wednesday July 24th. Playoffs are played best-of-3 - meaning two wins takes you to the next round. FILADELPHIA (#1) vs GHETTO FIREBIRDS (#11) The reigning champion kicked off their FCL campaign by a first round matchup against Invictus, in which they showed no signs of rust or struggle to get going. Although Invictus put up a good fight in game 2 by taking it to double overtime, FILA were in the drivers seat all along. That is exactly what we are expecting of this series. The Firebirds have already played a sensational tournament by making it this far and have a chance of extending their streak by upsetting a giant in this series. They are heavy underdogs and have nothing to lose going into these games. The games will be played on Wednesday, 24th of July at 21 CEST. SOPPAJENGI (#2) vs Symphony (#8) I'll bet you most people hadn't even heard of SOPPAJENGI prior to the FCL. Their tournament so far has been a fairytale for them as they had an incredible road paved for them, starting with splitting points in their very first group stage matchup against HAVU Gaming. SOPPAJENGI is a wildcard and is by no means to be counted out of the top 4 contention. Although being one of the more established top-tier teams, Symphony only came in 3rd in their group 3. Swedish import goaltender @ICappeI paired with their overwhelming offensive firepower will be the tools they need in order to make a second consecutive final event appearance. According to current information, the games will be played on Wednesday 24th of July, time TBA. Northern Ascendancy (#3) vs Butterfly Effect (#7) Northern Ascendancy are sporting a somewhat different lineup than usual, as they are now trying to invade Finnish soil and therefore forced to comply with FCL rules. The teams new recruits are no slouches, as they've brought in veterans @Aze and @Nampa77 together with goalie @Supreex, who we're used to seeing between the posts for Rusty Blades in the past. Butterfly Effect are a younger team who made a fast rise to the top and have been steadily improving in the recent tournaments. Their lineup is stacked with talent. Don't be surprised if they manage to take the series. It looks like the games will be played on Tuesday, 23rd of July at 20 CEST. HAVU Gaming (#4) vs Almost Famous (#5) HAVU dropped a few positions due to surprising group stage losses but still managed to climb to a #4 spot overall. Despite not having an undefeated record this time around, they are as big of favourites as ever to take the trophy home. Almost Famous is going into the series with a rather heavy underdog status. The team has never beaten HAVU in a competitive setting and needs to do that twice in the coming days. To quote NHLGamer insider @vSilenttio: "aF good luck :D" Currently it looks like the series will be played today, Monday 22nd of July at 22:00 CEST. Stay tuned for possible broadcast announcements!
  12. NHLGamers, As promised, we'll be delivering a good amount of FCL action tonight. The group stage of the league is heading into the conclusive fixtures and we've secured some crucial games to be streamed for you guys. Arttu Hämäläinen and Joonas @SUPERVIRTA Virta will be your casters. Tonight's matchups: 20:00CEST Symphony - Blackdawgs Symphony were one of the favourites to win group 3, but due to unfortunate point losses against a surprisingly strong GHETTO FIREBIRDS and Virtual Horizons, their chances to win the group are looking slim. Blackdawgs are still in the playoff race, but this matchup will seal their fate. 21:00CEST POGGERS - Cannonieris POGGERS didn't do a lot of training efter their last ECL stint so their form was a bit in question, but they have surely proven themselves, going 5-1-0 so far and looking like very strong candidates to win their group. Cannonieris haven't performed up to par, but can put a dent into POGGERS' playoff aspirations tonight. 22:00CEST SOPPAJENGI - Supernatural Group 1 has a surprising leader as SOPPAJENGI has taken the league by storm. The eccentric mix of players managed to win favourite HAVU Gaming in their debut and have gone 10-0-0 in their last ten. Supernatural are out of the playoff race, but will be looking to effect SOPPAJENGI's playoff seed. Tune in tonight at www.twitch.tv/pelaajatcom
  13. NHLGamers, Today we’re extremely happy in announcing that Written In The Stars - our reigning ECL Champions and one of the most successful teams in the NHLGamer era has commenced a partnership together with HAVU Gaming - one of the most exciting organisations in Finnish esports. HAVU is one of the most well-established and active organisations in the Finnish esports scene and they have been announcing lots of convincing partnerships as of late. With the start of FCL today the timing is great to commence yet another tale of success. “HAVU has been looking for different options to expand into more games in competitive esports. Both the growth in popularity in different sporting games & the strong community and history around ice-hockey really made sense to go strongly into NHL esports. We had a great open discussion with the the team and our goals in the future were really similar. We want to show the world that Finnish NHL esports is going to stay in the absolute top also in the future. We are here to stay and to win titles.” - Lasse Salminen, CEO of HAVU Gaming "It is a great honor to welcome HAVU Gaming into NHL esports. HAVU has in only a couple years been able to make themselves an impressive powerhouse within esports and we know that anything they decide to dive into, they do it with focus and effort. NHL esports has taken some massive strides recently and a lot of the credit goes to organisations such as HAVU that possess the vision and courage to jump into uncharted territory, providing support to a very potential competitive NHL Gaming scene and bringing it to the eyes of an even bigger audience. Written In The Stars is the reigning ECL Champion and one of the most consistent performers in the NHLGamer era, I am confident these guys representing HAVU are destined to do great things in the future." -NHLGamer founder Kenneth @Kenu Lehtinen HAVU will from today onwards take the spot of Written In The Stars in ECL Elite. All team history will also be assumed by the new organisation. We had a short talk with the team captain Tuukka @FlyerKungen Kuha: HAVU has formed several interesting partnerships as of late and is making a convincing surge for the top of Finnish esports. What does it mean for you guys to represent HAVU? - We’re very excited and privileged to have this opportunity. HAVU has a great drive, an exciting brand and an organisation full of amazing people. We really got the feeling that HAVU wants to make a big push and invest in us, which surely adds to our excitement. How does it feel to turn a new page in the history of Written In The Stars? After all, you were one of the most consistent top-level performers in recent years at NHLGamer. - Personally I feel a bit sad, but all things must end someday and this new chapter will certainly be an interesting one. We’ve always wanted to lead the way and you’ll be seeing an even bigger push from us in the future tournaments. In the end, there’s nothing else but excitement about this new venture! Do you think the new organisation will effect your team in some way? What can we expect from HAVU’s NHL team going forward? - That’s a question you’ll have to ask again in a few months, but obviously the organisation having our backs will be a massive help to our team. We’ll have to take this chance in absorbing the positive energy and turning it into our asset moving forward. After all, we’re still playing the same game with the same guys, now only with more style! HAVU NHL Roster: Risto @Dominointi Järvi Ilmari @Buantso Lehkonen Topi @topikeranen Keränen Wille @willekunq Juntunen Hannes @Hansulinho Kettunen Vesa @VesKuLiNe Voutilainen Tuukka @FlyerKungen Kuha Kristian-Mikael @Nassustelija Katajisto (In order of appearence in photo, from left to right) About HAVU Gaming Having been established in April of 2017, HAVU Gaming has just over 2 years worth of history in the rearview. Despite a rather young age, the organisation has been making waves in the esports world and is currently one of the most followed Finnish organisations. The organisations most notable accomplishments include a Finnish Esports League Counter Strike-championship in 2018 and a second place finish in 2019. In addition to this, HAVU has an impressive variety of streamers on their roster. Partnerships with the wildly popular lifestyle clothing brand Billebeino, Finnish hypermarket giant Prisma and multinational tech company Lenovo in the last month speaks volumes about the impressive surge for the top HAVU is starting to make. About NHLGamer Since its inception, NHLGamer has continuously strived to offer the best possible experience for any and all gamers who have come to enjoy the competitiveness of playing the EA Sports series of NHL games. We made our biggest stride forward yet when we in late 2015 introduced the first ever European Championship League (ECL) - a league where all the best European NHL gamers create teams and compete against each other in the game mode EASHL (6vs6) for the title of best EASHL Team in Europe. Since then, NHLGamer has hosted a wide variety of leagues worldwide and live-events in both Finland and Sweden.
  14. NHLGamers, It's surely been a long road and no one knows that better than the new NHL Gaming World Champion Matthew "Top-Shelf-Cookie" Gutkoski! Let's take a look back at Cookie's road to the championship: US regionals: vs NippinBiscuits 2-0 vs NJD3VS 2-0 vs Johnwaynee 2-0 Grand Final: vs Mg x Nuclear 2-1 vs Johnwaynee 2-1 The top 3 of the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship were: 1. Matthew "Top-Shelf-Cookie" Gutkowski 2. John "Johnwaynee" Casagranda 3. Karl "Mg x Nuclear" Caslib NHLGamer congratulates Cookie on a tremendous tournament, the championship title and collecting a big check of $50,000! Congratulations also to all other players for an outstanding effort in the tournament.
  15. Hey there, Glad to have you on our site! If you're looking to play some casual games I'd recommend checking out our PSN Community called NHL Gamer. Great way to get the hang of things and make some new acquaintances.
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