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Lack launches NHL 15

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
Going into training camp last season, Eddie Lack was concerned about how his hip would hold up following off-season surgery.

This year, it’s Lack’s thumbs that have him worried – playing NHL 15 all day every day has them worn out.

North American hockey gamers rejoiced Tuesday as NHL 15 was released; the 24th installment of the NHL series, produced by EA Canada and published by EA Sports, launched in style with NHLers making appearances across Canada and in Chicago.

Lack, an avid gamer who had his head scanned for NHL 15 and received a behind the scenes tour of the EA Sports offices in Burnaby last May, was Vancouver’s poster boy for the release. Who better to promote NHL 15 than someone who's been pining for its release?

The first stop on the player tour was to Tim Hortons on Joyce Street in Vancouver. Fans flooded in to catch a glimpse of Lack, who worked alongside Jovy; the Canucks goaltender took orders, upsold Canucks themed donuts, gave change and posed for pictures, so many pictures.

While Lack’s till was swamped, till one, ran by Isidro and Farzana, was as busy as an outdoor pool in Winnipeg in December.

Lack was all the rage.

“They told me if hockey doesn’t work out, they have a job for me here, so that’s good to know,” laughed Lack, following his 60-minute shift.

The next stop on the NHL 15 player tour was scheduled to be at EB Games Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, but Lack penciled in a visit to Canuck Place Children's Hospice first because, well, Eddie’s a standup guy.

“I came here last Halloween to do some pumpkin carving and the kids were just amazing,” said Lack. “I want to spend as much time here as possible and this was a great chance to – plus these kids are gamers.”

You can say that again.

Lack played two games, first against Ben, then versus Jordan, and he didn’t hold back, not one iota. He squeaked out a 7-3 win over Ben, who rarely loses at any video game, before dropping a 5-4 game to Jordan (right).

Both received autographed copies of the game, including exclusive copies with Lack on the cover, and Lack donated a PlayStation 4 to Canuck Place, “so the kids can practice up because I plan on coming by a lot.”

NHL 15 is available for PlayStation 3 and 4 and Xbox One and 360, and while Patrice Bergeron on the cover is the biggest of eyesores to Canucks fans, it’s worth the purchase.

“Just don’t forget who to use as your goalie," reminded Lack.

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