When EA Sports announced its feature set for NHL 17, it also announced changes coming to the already incumbent modes that have been in the franchise for quite some time.
Modes that see improvements are EASHL, Hockey Ultimate Team, Be-A-Pro and a revamped Be-A-GM that has been renamed to Franchise mode. You can check out the improvements to popular modes below courtesy of EA Sports via press release.
NHL 17 launches this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
CLIMB THE RANKS THROUGH EASHL
Progress through the all-new EASHL Player Rank System to earn badges and unlock new customization items for your players, team – and even arenas – in the most competitive and customizable EASHL ever.
EASHL ARENA PROGRESSION
Start off with a grassroots community rink and grow into an internationally renowned state-of-the-art arena that brings your EASHL team’s identity to life as home ice gets bigger and better the farther you progress.
Whether you’re in EASHL or Franchise Mode, build the home ice arena you and your team have always dreamed of with the all-new arena creator. Customize every detail from the ice surface, to the goal light, to the scoreboard and even the goal songs and FX that light up your team’s biggest moments.
You can’t judge a team by their looks, but it doesn’t hurt to look good. Use the all-new team customization tool to edit to your team’s entire uniform, including patterns, colors, patches and logos to use in season play, when relocating a team in Franchise Mode, or to build your EASHL team identity. Progress through the EASHL to unlock even more items for your team.
CAREER DEFINING MOMENTS
When a player looks back at their career it’s filled with moments that they’ll never forget – their first goal, their first fight, stepping onto the ice surface for their first NHL game. Bring these moments to life like never before in Be a Pro and other modes by celebrating the career-defining milestones that hockey players remember for the rest of their lives.
The most played mode in EA SPORTS NHL gets even better! Introducing HUT Synergy, an all-new “Team Building” system designed to challenge the way you build and play as your Ultimate Team. Pair player strengths together to create synergy in your roster and grant perks across your lineups.
HUT DYNAMIC SETS
The all-new HUT sets mechanic takes collecting to a new level that replicates the biggest real-world hockey moments. Collect sets to unlock rewards, including new thematic sets, to constantly build and improve your team. With Dynamic HUT Sets, if it happens hockey, it happens in NHL 17.
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Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.