It may not be common knowledge, but ice hockey is one of my favourite sports. I’ve been a fervent fan of the San Jose Sharks for over 20 years, travelled to America to watch them play, and won them countless Stanley Cups over a number of NHL games. Aside from the Resident Evil series, the NHL games were the go-to games during my formative years, in fact I was borderline obsessed with the sport and games, with the games convincing me that I would go on to play in the NHL (let’s ignore the fact that I am 5’6 and lived nowhere near an ice rink). I scribbled stats upon stats in notebooks and folders, detailing every bit of each of my dynasties like a fanatic. However, as the years went on and time became an expensive currency, my time on the ice was cut to the occasional shift, eventually only purchasing NHL every couple of years. While I’ve flirted with the NHL titles recently, they haven’t sucked me in like the games of yore did. I told myself that this year would be the year that I invested more than a handful of hours into the title, and as a result, I am well and truly back on the bandwagon, as NHL 19 is one the best-crafted sports experiences in recent times.