By Dan Treadway
May 05, 2014

On Monday, EA presented the tiniest of glimpses at how NHL 15 is shaping up by releasing an initial trailer. As with most teasers, not much is revealed in regards to gameplay updates, but EA's website did disclose several new game features that should have fans of this franchise excited for their first skate.

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Here's a big one:

via EA via EA

For the first time since 2006, Gary Thorne and Bill Clement will not be the announcers for EA's NHL franchise. Any type of change would have been welcome by most gamers, but EA has knocked it out of the park by signing on Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk to replace them. Emrick's eccentric style is pretty much perfect fit for video games and Olczyk should provide some relief from the Bill Clement in-game one liners that fell flat far too often.

EA is clearly expecting big things of the new team as they're claiming NHL 15 will have "the most realistic broadcast package in a video game to-date," in part because of a new partnership with NBC Sports. Polygon also reports that the Xbox One version of the game will feature supplemental commentary from the rink by TSN analyst Ray Ferraro.

The other publicized improvements are things that one might and should expect out of a new edition of a game that is being introduced on a new system (in this case, Xbox One and PS4): Better physics, harder hits and improved graphics.

It should be noted that the awesome NHL '94 anniversary mode will also be back on at least the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game (and hopefully be playable online -- pretty please):

NHL 15 will debut in the fall and will once again have its cover determined by a fan vote. The quarterfinalists for this year's cover are Erik Karlsson, Logan Couture, T.J. Oshie, Phil Kessel, Matt Duchene, Patrice Bergeron, Drew Doughty and P.K. Subban. The vote will be conducted via Twitter hashtags, which you can find here.

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