Our suspicions following the "Pepsi" branding omission in NHL 21 have now been confirmed. The home arena of the Colorado Avalanche has been renamed Bell Arena.
There has been no news on the naming rights front for the Avalanche since last September when the team renewed their naming rights agreement for a one year extension. That extension is now up, and NHL 21 may have just given us a clue suggesting that Pepsi will not renew the naming rights to the home of the Avs.
As we mentioned yesterday, Nassau Coliseum is in NHL 21, but we also noticed a strange scoreboard. Unfortunately we could only catch a small portion of it from the video we received. Today we have footage of the entire scoreboard, and it has left us with more questions than answers. Where did this board come from? Is it real?
With the news that the New York Islanders will play all of their home games at Nassau Coliseum for the 2021 season, many wondered if EA Sports NHL 21 would replace Barclays Center with the old barn. Today, via an early access look at NHL 21, we discovered that the Coliseum is indeed in the game. Our apologized to Islanders fans but these screenshots come from a Stanley Cup celebration which will certainly not make your day.
The Blue Jackets are gearing up for their 20'th anniversary season and they are kicking it off with a brand new commemorative logo. The Jackets have never used an anniversary logo at center ice as you can see by visiting the center ice archive. In fact, the only deviation from their primary logo at center ice was for a brief time leading up to the All Star weekend in 2015.
Many fans have voiced their love of the retro (throwback) jerseys the Flames have worn on and off over the past several seasons, and now it appears the team may be doing just that. If they do, it would likely mean a change in the primary logo.