Starting this week, 14-year-old Lexi Peters will be stick handling past men twice her size as she plays in the starting lineup for the Buffalo Sabres. Or the Vancouver Canucks. Or any NHL team the 90-pound left-winger chooses.
Because when video game publisher Electronic Arts releases the latest edition of its popular NHL series on Tuesday, Lexi will be the first female in its virtual hockey roster.Other highlights:
She sent a typewritten letter to the executives of one the largest video game makers in the world, asking them to add women players.
She wrote: "It is unfair to women and girl hockey players around the world, many of them who play and enjoy your game. I have created a character of myself, except I have to be represented by a male and that's not fun."
...The 4 foot 11 teen has played hockey for four years. She and a teammate spent hours creating a whole custom hockey team, modeling the players after their own all-girls team, the Purple Eagles. The best they could do was give the characters long "hockey" hair.
..."I was so excited," says Lexi. "My dad called my grandpa immediately, who called my Uncle Chris, like a chain reaction."
I've heard the mullet referred to as a Soccer Rocker, but never Hockey Hair. Must be a Canadian thing.