Written By: Steve Vegvari
Fans of the EA Sports’ NHL series have been eagerly awaiting the release of NHL 19.
For up and coming NHL pro-player Harley “Sitful” Sitko, he sunk his teeth into the open beta for NHL 19 in order to tide him over. For the past three years, Sitful has been well on the NHL grind, improving his skills, and determined to continue competing on the pro-level circuit.
He finally got his first real taste of the competitive scene when he participated in the NHL Gaming World Championship. Participating in the Canada Regional, Sitful managed to get considerably far during the LAN. Currently, Sitful is playing NHL for Simplicity Esports. As the new season of NHL is around the corner, Sitful is very hopeful for the future of his competitive career and the opportunities NHL 19 hold for him.
NHL 19 adds new playing handling systems, and improved on-ice mechanics. These small tweaks will undoubtedly effect any competitive player’s strategies, even in the slightest. So I discussed these changes with Sitful, and got his thoughts on the changes NHL 19.
Steve: Can you start off by telling us a little about yourself?
Sitful: My name is Harley Sitko, and I am from Barrie, Ontario. I am 18 years old and I am a NHL Pro player for Simplicity Esports.
Steve: When did you start playing NHL?
Sitful: I started playing NHL when I was 14, but it was mostly just for fun with friends from school. I just loved playing the game, and loved the grind. When I saw there were tournaments and ways to make money on the game I loved to play, I instantly jumped in to it.
Steve: At what point did you feel confident enough to start competing?
Sitful: I felt very comfortable and confident to start competing when I was 17 years old playing NHL 17. That is when I started to take the game really serious and began to push to try and be the best.
Steve: How did you become involved with Simplicity?
Sitful: I actually got involved with Simplicity thanks to my friend Matthew, aka Yung Gren. He was joining the organization and asked me if I wanted him to put in a good word for me.
Steve: Since you’ve began playing NHL, what have been the biggest changes you’ve seen in the game that has influenced the way you play?
Sitful: Well, I started really taking it serious in NHL 17, so I have only really been grinding in the game for only two years now. So I honestly haven’t noticed to many big changes in the game. But NHL 19 the new game that’s coming out there is a lot of huge changes that will make the game very well played and enjoyable.
Steve: Can you talk us through your experience during the NHL Gaming World Championship?
Sitful: The NHL Gaming World Championship was nothing other than amazing. The event itself was just incredible it was actually the first LAN event I have ever been to. So to have that being my first LAN event ever is very special. Also, the people I met in person there were super nice.
Steve: Are you hoping to participate in any competitions when the new season begins?
Sitful: I am hoping to play in a lot of the new competitions that the new game has to offer. I am very excited to see what’s to come in the near future for NHL esports.
Steve: Did you get to participate in the demo of NHL 19?
Sitful: Yes, I got to play the NHL 19 beta a lot when it was out and the only thing I can say is “wow!”
Steve: What are your first impressions? Anything in particular stick out either positively or negatively?
Sitful: The new game is unreal, the new skating and collision engines are unbelievable. This will 100% help the better player to win in this years game. The skill gap has definitely gotten an increase which is great for esports this year.
Steve: Do you think the new skating systems or collision engine will improve or detract from competitive play?
Sitful: I think that this will most definitely improve the game. These new engines are the best that the game has had since coming over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Steve: Where can people find you online?
Sitful: You can find me online on Twitter and also Sitful on Xbox One and Sitful-_- on PlayStation 4.
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About The Author: Steve Vegvari
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.