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Eight players qualify for NHL Gaming World Championship regional finals

Three 2018 Canadian finalists return for second try at championship

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK/TORONTO - Following completion of the quarter-final round of the Canadian Play-In Bracket, eight more players have punched their tickets to the regional round of the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™

The top four players from Canada for each of the Xbox and PS4 consoles - including three past regional finalists - earned a trip to the Live Canadian Regional on Saturday, May 25. These players will finish the bracket this Saturday, April 27, to determine seeding and then meet in-person on May 25 at Sportsnet studio in Toronto to compete for the chance to travel to Las Vegas for the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final and earn $5,000 as the Regional champion. The Champion of the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship will walk away with his/her share of the $100,000 cash prize pool, receive the championship trophy and be featured in the broadcast of the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone.

Players who are confirmed qualifiers for the Canadian Regional are listed alphabetically by their Play-In Bracket Battlefy gamertag:

NHL GWC Gamertag (Console);Name; Hometown
Mg x Nuclear (Xbox); Karl Caslib; Vancouver, British Columbia
mrdreezy (PS4); Sean Jackson; Sudbury, Ontario
RyanVince19 (PS4); Ryan Vince; Brantford, Ontario
Sitful (PS4); Harley Sitko^; Barrie, Ontario    
ThaiUp34535 (Xbox); Jérémie Dubé^; Mirabel, Québec
They_speak_of_me (PS4); Joshua D'Eri; Bolton, Ontario
xDubz 17 (Xbox); Jérémy Dubé; Montréal, Québec
Yung Gren (Xbox); Matthew Grenier^; Saint-Georges, Québec
^ 2018 NHL GWC Regional finalist


Regional Drafts

Prior to each of the European, Canadian and United States Regional Finals and again prior to the NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final, competitors will draft their unique rosters from a pool of available Hockey Ultimate Team Items featuring NHL players. Players will draft a 25-person HUT team from among 282 total NHL players - each roster comprising 12 forwards, six defensemen, two goaltenders and five additional skaters. Players also will pick a current NHL team to represent. Once a player is drafted, that player no longer is available, resulting in squads with no duplicate players or duplicate clubs. 

2019 NHL Gaming World Championship play-by-play announcer Arda Ocal gives readers an insider's look at the HUT draft process, roster composition and European player strategy. 

Fans can find complete team rosters on following each Draft session.


Live Steams of Regional Final & Championship

For the first time, all Regional Final rounds and the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final will be streamed live on the NHL's Twitch channel ( with extensive community activation, including giveaways and promotions as well as community and lifestyle content created at the House of Chel, an NHL esports activation that took place during the 2019 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend. 

Fans can follow the final Play-In Bracket in real-time by visiting and using social hashtag #NHLGWC.


Upcoming Tournament Dates

Saturday, April 27 - Canadian Online Play-In Bracket Day 2 (seeding for top eight players)
Saturday, April 27 - United States Online Play-In Bracket Day 1
Saturday, April 27 - European Regional Draft
Saturday, May 4 - United States Online Play-In Bracket Day 2 (seeding for top eight players)
Saturday, May 4 - Canadian Regional Draft
Saturday, May 11 - United States Regional Draft

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