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NHL 20 News and Notes: International Cover Athletes Announced, Plus Changes to CHEL Progression

The NHL team gave us some more news on NHL 20 this week, as we now know who will be on the cover of the game in Finland and Sweden. On top of that, news on character progression for the World of CHEL mode was also announced.

NHL 20 International Covers

This week, the NHL team announced that Jets forward Patrik Laine and Canucks forward Elias Pettersson will be the cover athletes for NHL 20 in Finland and Sweden, respectively.

Laine, a native of Finland, has emerged as one of the league’s premier goalscorers, scoring 30 or more goals in each of his first three seasons in the NHL. Pettersson, from Sweden, scored 66 points (28 goals and 38 assists) in 71 games during the 2018-19 season en route to winning the Calder Trophy at the NHL Awards ceremony this past June.

World of CHEL Progression

In a post on the EA Sports forums, the NHL team detailed some of the new changes that are headed to the World of CHEL mode. The team announced that in NHL 20, the Max Player Level for a player in CHEL will be Prestige 5 Level 50, which is higher than the previous max of Prestige 3 Level 50. The reason for this change is to allow players to continue to receive awards deep into the game lifecycle.

The team also announced that every item has been tagged on an impact scale. For example, when a user unlocks a bag containing a legendary item, it will be something of significant value.

The third addition is that CHEL bags will be tied to Player and Goalie Skill Badges. This means that players can earn items for hitting certain achievements, such as 100 goals or making 200 saves.

Club bags will also see the following changes:

  • The NHL team has prioritized earning custom club logos and jersey styles early in progression
  • Level 10 will allow a club to put logos on their jersey, as well as on center ice
  • Every 10 levels will earn a user a new arena
  • Level 20 will unlock shoulder patches
  • Level 25 and on a player will start earning stock team branding uniforms and logos

You can read more about the changes on the EA forums. Be sure to keep checking out the SGO site for more news on the NHL franchise.

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