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The NHL is Down to Three Active Players Who Appeared in NHL '94

Illustration for article titled The NHL is Down to Three Active Players Who Appeared in emNHL 94/em

Hyping the cover vote for NHL 14, the league reached back to that old 16-bit crowd-pleaser, NHL '94, to make this adorable video. It's appropriate because one of the finalists is the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur, the only active goalie whose NHL career is older than the video game.

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So, once again, it's time to check on who is left in the league who appeared in one of console sports gaming's greatest titles. Interestingly, Brodeur is not one of them. NHL '94 released in March 1993 and would have used the league's 1992-1993 rosters. Brodeur had been called up for four games in the 1991-1992 season for four games when the New Jersey Devils' two starting goalies were hurt. The next year, he was back in the AHL before returning for the 1993-1994 season.

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So he even though he's 41 and played in 20 seasons, he still doesn't belong to that exclusive fraternity of Active Players in the League Who Appeared in NHL '94. Its membership is Teemu Selanne, Roman Hamrlik and Jaromir Jagr, all of whom logged time in the playoffs. Alexei Kovalev also appeared in the game and in this past NHL season but officially announced his retirement in March. Selanne and Hamrlik are considering retirement. Jagr, who is three weeks older than coal, will skate until he falls apart.

Brodeur faces another goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, in the final round fan vote for the NHL 14 cover.

Watch the NHL 14 Cover Vote Finalists in NHL '94 Style Video [Operation Sports]

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Jagr is still active? Hot damn, that dude was on the collectible cards when I was a little kid.