Quick survey time. If the majority of your hockey related knowledge is drawn from either the Mighty Ducks franchise or Happy Gilmore, raise your hand. Since you can’t see me, let me just tell you that my fingers are nearly touching the ceiling at the moment. Seriously, I mean just around 98% of the Game Rant staff is Canadian, and they pick me to write up a post for NHL 12? Honestly, when they mentioned that there were cool new features in this year’s NHL 12, I was shocked that the ability to perform the Flying V wasn’t one of them, or that it wasn’t a standard feature for the last decade.

And when I read the hands-on impressions piece, it was all “skating physics” and zambonis. All I wanted to know was whether or not you could make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed. Imagine my shock when I found out that Wayne Gretzky didn’t even play hockey anymore, thereby rendering my expectations for the game, and the previous Swingers reference, completely moot. League Legends mode… indeed. With the NFL lockout over, I just figured everyone went back to watching football and playing Madden 12 anyway. After all, that is the sport where the guys can at least take a hit without it turning into some juvenile schoolyard fist fight, am I right? Relax, I kid because I love.

All you stick savvy rink rats can get your comedically sized goalie’s glove on NHL 12 this Tuesday for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

NHL 12 Corrupted Saves Game Rant Webcomic Issue 051Comic by Zac Landry.