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NHL debuts House of Chel during All-Star Weekend

Esports event, streamed on Twitch, features Wild forward Brown, famous gamers playing EA SPORTS NHL 19

by Dan O'Leary / Staff Writer

J.T. Brown is a gamer.

Be it the third period of a close game or streaming video games in a 24-hour marathon for charity, the Minnesota Wild forward loves to play.

Video: Brown on first "gamer" house during All-Star Weekend

Now his two worlds are colliding like never before with the debut of House of Chel, the NHL's first Gaming House experience set to take place during the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose on Jan. 24-26.

Joining Brown will be popular gamers FaZe Clan Bass, a member of the famed FaZe Clan, a professional esports and entertainment organization with worldwide gaming hubs, GlitterXplosion, an assistant general manager of professional esports organization Team Rogue, and Andrew "Nasher" Telfer, a hockey and streaming EA SPORTS NHL 19 YouTuber and TDI Hockey, an EA SPORTS NHL19 esports expert.

Video: FaZe CBass on NHL's budding gaming partnership

Video: Nasher plans to create more content in House of Chel

"What's so cool, and very unique to sports, is that one minute you can be playing and streaming NHL 19 on your console and the next minute you can turn on your TV and see the live game action and the NHL players you have been virtually playing with," Brown said. "I was thrilled when the NHL invited me to participate in the House of Chel and am very excited to connect with the gaming community."

The event will be played in a series of live streams on the NHL Twitch channel (follow #NHLGWC) and is scheduled to feature many special guests. 

Television personality Marissa Roberto and Coach Jeremy, the founder of "How To Hockey," will host.

Video: Marissa Roberto documents her Esports background

Video: Coach Jeremy's thoughts on joining House of Chel

In addition to playing EA SPORTS NHL 19, the gamers will also take part in a series of challenges set around the various aspects of the game.

The site of the House of Chel will be the Palo Alto, California mansion of Silicon Valley icon Scott McNealy.

House of Chel follows last season's successful voyage into esports with the inaugural NHL Gaming World Championship, which was held in Las Vegas during the 2018 NHL Awards in June.

Video: GlitterXplosion on what to expect at House of Chel

"The NHL prides itself on developing unique and compelling engagement opportunities for our fans and business partners," NHL executive vice president of global partnerships & chief revenue officer Keith Wachtel said.

"Creating the House of Chel is going to take the NHL's commitment to showcasing EA's NHL video gaming product to our fans and content creators, while taking year two of the NHL Gaming World Championship, to the next level."

Video: TDI Hockey previews what House of Chel will be like

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