Team Canada superstar Sarah Nurse has become one of the biggest names in women’s hockey.
After racking up a record 18 points at the Winter Olympics last February, she’s making history once again – on the cover of NHL 23, as the first woman to appear on a franchise cover. EA Sports NHL video games.
EA Sports revealed in a tweet Wednesday that Nurse will be on the cover of the latest iteration of the popular game series, alongside Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras.
“We have our first woman on the cover, what I’m so honored to be is me,” Nurse told TSN. “Women are in this game. So now little girls can dream of being in an NHL video game and dream of being a professional hockey player.
The Hamilton, Ont., forward was on vacation with her teammates celebrating Olympic gold when she got the call.
She never imagined that she could one day be the face of the mega-popular video game franchise.
“At 27, I placed these self-limiting beliefs on myself, that I didn’t believe I could do this,” she said. “Now the little girls will break this.”
The NHL video game series began in 1991 and has released a new game every year since. Which professional hockey player will be featured on the cover of the video game each year is usually a source of great speculation among fans.
The final game of the series, NHL 22, was the first to add women’s national teams to the roster of teams players could choose from.
“The fact that you can play as a woman on a women’s team is absolutely huge,” Nurse said.
There has long been a lack of representation in male-dominated sports like hockey, whether on the ice or in video games.
TSN’s Digital SportsCentre host Marissa Roberto says Nurse breaks down barriers.
“She embodies the sport itself, but also what it’s like for a woman and a woman of color to play in this space now,” Roberto told CTV National News. it’s if other girls see that it’s possible.
The nurse said she hopes being able to see themselves in this video game means the girls will consider hockey and “believe they can be in this game.”
But right now, the only games Nurse is focused on are in Denmark, where she and Team Canada begin their quest to retain gold at the Women’s World Championship.
They will take to the ice on Thursday to face Finland.
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