EA has announced that NHL 10, which will be available this autumn for PS3 and Xbox 360, will feature an all-new first-person fighting mechanic and the Stanley Cup Championship.

The new first-person fighting engine enables players to trade punches with an NHL tough guy. Grab and tug an opponent's jersey to land a punch that ignites the fans and sparks your team to victory.

NHL 10 also features more than 200 gameplay refinements that promise to deliver the most responsive and authentic action ever for the series. Players can one-time loose pucks, score from their knees, knock pucks out of the air and lift a leg to fake a shot on goal. The game also features a new 360 degree precision passing mechanic, plus all-new interactive crowds designed to bring the emotion of playoff hockey to life.

"This is the most authentic simulation of hockey we have ever created," said Producer David Littman, a former NHL and minor league goaltender now in his eighth year working on the NHL franchise. "The Stanley Cup is the most difficult trophy in all of sports to win and NHL 10 replicates the emotion, intensity and toughness players require to win the Cup."

NHL 10 is in development at EA Canada and is scheduled for release this autumn on PS3 and Xbox 360.