A Richmond business is making it possible for hockey fans to play with professionals – albeit virtually.
The Richmond Gaming Stadium is hosting a free online hockey challenge in collaboration with four professional hockey players on May 17.
The event will start with an open, single elimination tournament to give community members the chance to compete with the hockey pros. Community members will compete against each other on EA Sports’ NHL 20 game, in the open tournament, for a chance to play against a real professional hockey player.
Those players include Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen; Ottawa Senators’ Thomas Chabot; Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin; and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois.
“Being able to connect with the hockey community at a time like this is important for me, and this tournament allows that to happen,” said Seguin in a statement, adding that he looks forward to playing in the tournament.
Chabot had also “jumped on board” when he heard about the tournament.
“We all recognize how important our fans are and to be able to have fun playing video games with them is amazing,” said Chabot.
The first tournament takes place at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.
Winners of the two tournaments will play each other and, which will be live streamed on The Gaming Stadium’s Twitch channel – a livestreaming platform.
For more information and to register, visit here by 10 a.m. on May 17.