NEW YORK/TORONTO - The lineup for the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Regional Finals is complete after eight U.S. players booked their tickets to Stamford, Conn., this past weekend.
The top four players from the U.S. for each of the Xbox and PS4 consoles - including three past regional finalists - earned a trip to the Live U.S. Regional on Thursday, May 30. These players will finish the bracket this Saturday, May 4, to determine seeding and then meet in-person on May 30 at NBC Sports studio 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 2019 NHL Gaming World Champion 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 U.S. Regional are listed alphabetically by their Play-In Bracket Battlefy gamertag:
NHL GWC Gamertag (Console), Name, Hometown
Fishercelll25 (Xbox), Vic Ferreira, Tracys Landing, Maryland
frogstomp33 (PS4), Braedon Greenwood, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
johnwaynee90 (Xbox), John Casagranda ^, Anchorage, Alaska
JrPens91 (PS4), David Roebuck ^, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania
lxl Swerve lxl (Xbox), Matthew Gutkoski ^, Columbus, Ohio
McLxvinn (PS4), Brendan Reed, Keyport, New Jersey
NippinBiscuits (PS4), Charles Ferris, New York, New York
NJD3VS (Xbox), Mike Duro, Kearny, New Jersey
^ 2018 NHL GWC Regional finalist
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. Fans can find complete team rosters on NHL.com/Gaming following each Draft session.
European Player Rosters: https://www.nhl.com/fans/gaming/rosters
Where to Watch & Follow Tournament
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 (www.twitch.tv/nhl) with extensive community activation, including giveaways and promotions.
Fans can follow all the action on NHL.com/Gaming and using social hashtag #NHLGWC.
Upcoming Tournament Dates
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
Saturday, May 18 - European Live Regional Final
Saturday, May 25 - Canadian Live Regional Final
Thursday, May 30 - United States Live Regional Final