Pens' commentators to be the voices of NHL 18

The Elbow staff

PITTSBURGH, PA – The developer of video game franchise NHL 17 today announced that Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey will be the voices of next year's game.

EA Sports today confirmed that the pair will replace Mike 'Doc' Emrick and Ed Olczyk who have been providing commentary for the game since 2015.

Taking over from Ray Ferraro between the benches will be another member of the Root Sports team – Dan Potash.

"We've been trying to get this power trio for years, and thankfully everything came together over the past month," EA spokesman Ryan Dobson said this morning. "To have the best callers in sports is truly humbling."

One of the game's co-producers, Andrew Wells, said that the new commentators give them the flexibility to create a more immersive experience for gamers.

"One cool new feature we'll be adding in Franchise Mode is whenever a player gets hit hard into the boards and play has to stop, 'Steigy' will say his famous Hobey Baker joke," Wells said.

"Also, in our continued efforts to get that super realism to the game that our fans love so much, players will be able to punch Potash and spray him with snow before every game, just like in real life."

Dobson confirmed that there will be a PC version of the game for the first time in nine years.

"It's not licensed by the NHL or anything, and the graphics will be almost exactly the same as NHL 09, but we're confident that PC users will be happy just to be included once again."

In keeping with the game's efforts to promote hockey in the growing market of Chicago, it was also confirmed today that a Blackhawks player will feature as the cover athlete.

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