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In EA's upcoming NHL 13, a pair of ladies will be able to hit the ice and check with the best of them. While last year's NHL 12 allowed players to create a female athlete, this year's iteration will include two female ice stars as playable characters for, according to EA, “the first time ever in a professional league simulation sports video game.”

In NHL 13, former Team USA's Angela Ruggiero and former Team Canada's Hayley Wickenheiser (who both also happen to be four-time Olympic Ice Hockey medalists) will be playable “Legends,” joining the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri and Dominik Hasek. Honestly, I'm not a big ice hockey fan, so only Gretzky is ringing a bell in my uninitiated brain. Still, I can fully appreciate how awesome it is to have Ruggiero and Wickenheiser on the game's roster.

According to General Manager Dean Richards, Ruggiero and Wickenheiser's appearances is a part of a commitment to create greater representation for women's hockey, something that began in NHL 12.

“With the release of NHL 12, we added generic female characters to our Be A Pro mode based on a request from a 14-year-old female fan who emailed our staff because she felt underrepresented as a hockey videogame fan,” Richards said. “This year we are very excited to continue our effort of creating a more representative experience for female hockey fans by adding two of the greatest female athletes to every play the game.”

Whomever you plan to play as, you can look for NHL 13 to skate onto store shelves Sept. 11.

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