As you all know by now this isn't really the place to go to find hockey and video game news, but I had to touch on this.
It seems like video game company EA will incorporate a minor league into its next NHL game, NHL '11.
Now, its kind of like minor league hockey except its called major junior hockey up there and it's played by 16-20 year olds.
You can say they're professionals, so its OK if they're in a video game.
I guess it'd be like adding Class A, AA or AAA teams to a major league baseball game or the next Tiger Woods game having the top Nationwide or Hooters Tour players available.
That's all well and fine and I have no real issues with it.
But you could see where this might lead. It'll only be a matter of time before we see some major high school programs ending up in an NCAA football or basketball game (with no names, of course - no way the students could get paid off their exploitation, but that's a whole other thing) but more realistically, I could see AAU basketball and baseball coaches selling their names and uniform colors to the video game makers so they're part of the "owner" or "general manager" settings.
It seems far fetched - but is it really?