EA Cover Curse
Perhaps the most severe case of the curse crossing over from the Madden
Following his appearance on the cover of NHL 2004
, Atlanta Thrashers winger and All Star game MVP Dany Heatley wrecked his Ferrari by driving it off the road at an excessive speed. Heatley suffered a broken jawbone and his passenger, teammate Dan Snyder, was killed in the accident.
Heatley was held responsible for the accident and was replaced on the cover of subsequent NHL 94 printings by Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic.
Many years after the game's release, the modding community is still highly active. A forum called "NHL04 Rebuilt" is dedicated to various fan-made modifications, ranging from roster updates for existing leagues, total conversion mods for competely different leagues and even retro rosters. Some aspects of the game, particularly the handling of statistics within the menus, are improved over the stock version as well. It is estimated that 10,000-15,000 people play these modified versions of NHL 2004
, which the community leaders attributing this to the very good gameplay compared to other EA Sports' NHL-licensed titles on the PC.