There has been a mounting pile of circumstantial evidence that EA Sports Hockey League, and possible GM Connected as well, will not be included in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of NHL 15. What may be the most damning now is the actual back of the box, found on the Costco website, that lists it as being only two players online. EASHL is confirmed to return for the 360 and PS3 and the back of the box for that version does display the 12 player maximum.
The hope would now turn to EA vowing to patch the mode/s in at a later date. That won’t save the game from a loss of sales though even if they do. EASHL has a large and passionate community that will turn away from the game if it isn’t there. Make sure to check out last night’s Press Row Hangout which featured extensive discussion on the ramifications and possible reasoning behind what looks to be the loss of EASHL and GM Connected.