EA Sports NHL 14 gets Windsor's arena name wrong in game

The play-by-play announcer in NHL 14 by EA Sports mistakenly calls the WFCU Centre the WCFU Centre in the game released earlier this month.

Virtual announcer calls home of Windsor Spitfires the 'WCFU Centre' in latest version of game

NHL 14 by EA Sports features the WFCU Centre, but gets the arena's name wrong. (Youtube)

A popular video game that allows users to play hockey in the home of the Windsor Spitfires comes with an error.

The play-by-play announcer in NHL 14 by EA Sports mistakenly calls the WFCU Centre the "WCFU Centre" in the game released earlier this month.

"Ready to go at the WCFU Centre in Windsor, Ontario," the announcer says just prior to puck drop at the virtual arena, which has the correct spelling of the arena name on the ice surface.

The credit union paid $1.62M for those naming rights when it opened.

Youtube user Frank Frohman uploaded a clip of the game in which you can hear the announcer making the mistake at about the 30-second mark of the video below.

The newest version of the game allows a player to create a hockey player and move him up the ranks, from junior hockey to the NHL, in a "Live the Life" mode.

Frohman also tweeted about the error.

Windsor's Kurt Winkler, who has played previous versions of the game, said the mistake is nothing new. Similar features and arenas were available in previous games.

"They have said WCFU in the last three NHL games ('11,'12,'13)," he claimed in a post on CBC Windsor's Facebook page.

Winkler said he exchanged emails with EA Sports in 2012 regarding the mistake.

He claims EA Sports said in a response it would "address the error immediately."

Winkler has started a Facebook page calling on EA Sports to fix the long-running mistake.

"I’m looking into this with our team," EA Sports spokesperson Shirley Chu said in an email to CBC News.

WFCU vice president of external affairs and corporate secretary, Susan Stockwell said the credit union is aware of the mistake.

"The OHL and CHL have brought the matter to the attention of EA Games to be addressed," Stockwell said in an email to CBC News.


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