Yesterday, the Winnipeg Jets announced the two players that will be playing in the show match of their upcoming NHL 19 esports tournament.
On top of the $10,000 CAD prize pool, the Finalists will earn the opportunity to play NHL 19 with superstars Patrik Laine and Connor Hellebuyck. We’ve seen NHL teams take the show match route before, mostly featuring NHL Alumni. It’s going to be interesting to see the difference in both online viewership and actual gameplay by having two young superstars featured in the show match. My predictions are that the Twitch viewership numbers will increase and we’ll actually get to watch some pretty entertaining gameplay. I’ve heard from speaking with the Jets that Laine has some thumbs when it comes to NHL 19. Including current NHL superstars into esports tournaments is the right move and will grow the hockey community both on and off the ice.
Fans can watch the Grand Finals and Show Match featuring Laine and Hellebuyck on February 18, 2019 on their official Twitch channel.
Learn more about the Winnipeg Jets NHL 19 Tournament by reading our in-depth article that has everything you need to know.
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