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NHL 14 Hockey Ultimate Team Features Revealed

In Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT), you can build your ultimate fantasy team from more than 4000 hockey players from leagues around the world. Compete against other Ultimate Teams in Online Seasons to prove your team is the very best. Experience the thrill of finding and adding your favourite Superstars to your team – remember, One Player Can Change Everything.

Here is what’s new this year in HUT in NHL 14:

All-New Online Seasons
New this year, NHL 14 adds the best-in-class promotion and relegation system to Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT). Win games and advance to the next division to face tougher competition, but fall short and be bumped down. Teams will be able to track their progress across multiple seasons.

The Seasons HUB is the central location to view Seasons stats and get into a Season or Playoff game. Season progression and club history is tracked on this screen. You will earn a puck reward bonus based on your performance at the end of each season.

When the Playoff season opens, you will be able to enter one of the four Playoff Cup Tournaments in HUT Online Seasons. The higher Division you are in, the more Playoff Cup Tournaments that will be able available for you to enter; check out the World Table screen to see which ones you have unlocked.

HUT Online Seasons has its own Leaderboard for Regular season games only that lets you compare your overall stats against every player as well as your stats against your friends. You will earn Trophy items for winning Division Titles, League Titles and Playoff Cup Tournaments in HUT Online Seasons. Work your way up in HUT Online Seasons to earn the League Title in Division 1 for the ultimate bragging rights.

Auction Assistant
New in NHL 14, pay close attention to the Auction Assistant widget that is displayed in the New Items, Collection and Trade Pile screen. Should you buy that Claude Giroux item? The Auction Assistant will display key information to help you decide such as the average low and high price range of the highlighted item, as well as the last price this item sold at. It also displays the rarity rating and availability of highlighted items in the Auction House which will help you decide whether to sell or hold onto an item. Additional improvements to the Auction House include new search parameters such as player level, type and country.

Player Item Tiers
Regular Player item types will now have three different tiers in addition to being rare or common. Bronze Player items are made up CHL players. Silver Player items will is composed of AHL, European and depth NHL players. Gold Player items contain superstar and proven NHL players. All other HUT items such as contracts and training are now categorised by these three levels as well.

Contract Items
Contract items will now come in tiers that correspond with the Gold, Silver and Bronze Player items. Each Contract item will increase the contract length of Player items, but using an item tier that matches the specific player tier will produce better results. For example, a Gold Contract item will increase the contract of Gold Player items more than a Bronze Player item.

EA Puck Rewards Everywhere
You can now earn EA Pucks for completing games in other game modes like Play Now or Online Versus mode. Similar to games played in Hockey Ultimate Mode, you will earn pucks based on your performance at the end of a match. You can then redeem those pucks and use them in Hockey Ultimate Team



    Visit the official EA SPORTS NHL 14 website to learn more about the game.