In a fresh development for hockey enthusiasts, the National Hockey League (NHL), in partnership with the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA), and Sweet, a top-tier digital collectibles platform, recently unveiled NHL Breakaway.
This all-new digital collectibles highlight platform is designed to provide fans and collectors with a highly interactive experience, allowing them to collect, trade, gift, and display notable NHL highlights and participate in various challenges for exclusive rewards. The move sees the NHL join the growing trend of engaging sports fans with digital collectibles.
A Closer Look into Key Features of NHL Breakaway
To provide an optimal user experience, NHL Breakaway has been designed with the following major features:
Trade Lounge: This platform section is a focal point for fan interactions. Here, collectors can trade packs and highlights, emphasizing favorite NHL plays and players. Search and filter options allow users to navigate available highlights for trading and view their personal transaction history.
Public Profiles: This feature provides the platform with a social flavor. Users can show off their hockey fandom by integrating their unique collectibles into their NHL Breakaway profiles, displaying their zest for the sport.
Gamification: The platform integrates several challenges tied to completing specific set categories such as highlights, team sets, and NHL player sets. Completion of these challenges leads to special rewards, including real-life NHL experiences and exclusive packs.
David Lehanski, NHL Executive Vice President of Business Development & Innovation, emphasized the league’s dedication to creating fan-centric digital collectibles, saying, “We’ve been committed to developing digital collectibles designed and customized for the NHL and wholly focused on connecting with hockey fans in the most authentic and engaging manner possible.”
Platform Development: Early Adopters and Future Directions
Months before the official roll-out of NHL Breakaway, the platform opened its arms to early adopters, recognizing them as “Founding Fans.” Feedback from these inaugural users plays a critical role in defining the future trajectory of the platform, in terms of relevance and engagement for all Web3 fans and collectors. With this initiative, NHL Breakaway sets a course for upping fan interaction within the hockey world on the back of digital collectibles and immersive experiences.