It’s almost April, which means it’s also almost time for the start of the first season of the NHL 20 Cup. The esports tournament organized by Northern Arena recently revealed the player roster for the inaugural season, and now we have a full breakdown of the tournament format, as well as the schedule.
The season will take place from April 2 to April 30, with games played online every Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a period of 3 weeks. Each NHL team will play a pair of games in a round-robin format, which will ultimately determine their placement in the playoff seeding. Only 16 teams will make it to playoffs.
Matches will be played with a fixed set of rules
- Game Mode: Online Versus
- Difficulty: All-Star
- Period Length: 4 minutes
- Fighting: On
- Penalties: On
- Injuries: Off
- Offsides: Delayed
- Icing: Hybrid Icing
- Tie Break: Continuous Overtime
- Control Goalie in Shootout: On
- Teams: player-determined
- Position Lock: Off
The casting talent has also been announced, with Michael “Miviens” Viens taking on the mantle of host. With Arda Ocal to provide color commentary, and Nicco Cardarelli running play-by-play, this line-up is as stacked as the player roster.
NHL 20 Cup playoffs
The playoffs will take place on April 29 and 30, seeing the 16 NHL teams who survived the season face off. The format will be a single elimination bracket, with best of three matches up through the finals.
Here’s the NHL 20 Cup tournament schedule as it is currently set:
- Week 1: April 2, 3 and 4
- Week 2: April 9, 10 and 11
- Week 3: April 16, 17 and 18
- Finals LIVE on Twitch – April 29 and 30
The Northern Arena NHL Cup Season 1 winner will be crowned at the Cup Final, and fans can watch the ceremony streamed on the official Northern Arena Twitch channel. The Champion will receive a cash prize of CA $3,000, while second place and third place get CA $1,500 and CA $500, respectively. That’s not all, however – additional prizes and other surprises from your favorite NHL teams will be awarded throughout the season and during playoffs.
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