VR Hockey League Season 4 kicks off tonight for the first of the next eight weeks’ near-night clashes between eight teams divided into League A and League B. The VR Hockey League (VRHL) began its inaugural season in April 2020 and offers the first multiplayer VR hockey simulator Hockey League Pick-Up.
Tonight’s game featured Demons against Dynamo Yaks. The Demons have made it to the Finals over the previous three VRHL seasons and Dynamo Yaks are a new team, so a huge challenge was expected on the ice for the Yaks.
Unfortunately for the Demons, the Dynamo Yaks came out on the ice to win and came away with victory in the upper and developing leagues. The final scores were 7-2 in League A and 7-6 in League B.
I asked VRHL pitcher Itsabrassbonanza why he thought the finalist team from the previous two seasons had failed to secure the victory tonight.
“Sometimes they struggled to get the puck out in their own zone,” he said, adding that “the Yaks just took advantage of the opportunities that were given to them. “
Itsabrassbonanza also pointed out that “Bolty had a huge game for them [the Dynamo Yaks] with four goals. The Yaks managed to dominate both sides of the puck all night and it gave them the win.
Hockey League Pick-Up (PULH) became one of the first games available on Oculus App Lab earlier this year as a full multiplayer hockey game that uses realistic physics and motion controls. Customizable features for players include player-selectable jerseys and stick skins.
The VRHL draft took place on June 12 when the captains selected their teams of six. These teams were then divided into League A and League B. Teams A and B will compete in separate installments and League B players will be allowed to participate in League A matches, but League players A are not allowed to compete in League B. This gives players in League B the opportunity to develop skills with the potential to be part of an A team next season.
Players who have not been selected in the draft can register as substitutes for the league matches. They are classified as VRHL free agents and the replacement of teams may create opportunities for them to be drafted into a team in future seasons.
VRHL Season 4 Teams
When and where to watch
VR Hockey League games take place almost every night for the next 8 weeks, and then teams will advance to the finals. A full schedule and individual team schedules are available on the VRHL website.
You can watch league games on the official VR Hockey League Twitch channel or catch Hockey League Pick-Up anytime on the Twitch channel of game creator, Wraith of Electric Falcon LLC.
Join the community
Hockey League Pick-Up (PULH) is available on Oculus headsets, including the Quest. This is a free game available through App Lab.
As always, we encourage you to engage with other members of the VR community. You will certainly find many dedicated fans who enjoy hockey in physical and immersive reality on the Hockey League Pick-Up Discord server.
Stay tuned to VR Fitness Insider for more information on Hockey League Pick-Up and the VR Hockey League.