NEW YORK – Greek-American Trevor Zegras, NHL player for the Anaheim Ducks, passed the puck to his teammate Sonny Milano who scored a goal in their game against the Buffalo Sabres on December 7 and since then, the move has become known as “The Zegras,” ESPN reported on February 11, noting that Zegras has “been inundated with messages, links and clips of other players in all levels of hockey attempting the move.”
“I obviously get tagged by a bunch of kids that were trying it,” Zegras, 20, told ESPN. “I honestly think that’s the best thing that came out of that goal- seeing everybody have so much fun with it.”
“They’re trying The Zegras in virtual hockey, too,” ESPN reported, adding that “there’s a long tradition in EA Sports’ NHL series in which gamers attempt to recreate famous goals within the game, even if there isn’t a traditional button combination to execute the move, like Alex Ovechkin’s sliding goal and ‘The Michigan’ lacrosse-style goal.”
“Now, those playing ‘NHL 22’ are attempting to send passes over the net to teammates and posting janky, rough, squint-hard-enough-and-you’ll-see-it versions of Zegras’ play,” ESPN reported, noting that “Sean Ramjagsingh of EA Sports, the producer of their NHL series, said they haven’t officially incorporated The Zegras in the game yet, but that discussions are already underway about putting the move in the next edition of the series.”
“As soon as a move like that lights up the internet, there are people that come right to our game and try to replicate it. Try to get the first video out there. It’s incredible to watch,” Ramjagsingh told ESPN. “There are people out there who have figured out ways to use some of the mechanics we have in the game to pull off The Zegras. It’s just extremely difficult.”
A video tutorial is available on YouTube for those interested in imitating Zegras’ move:
“They’re tricking the game to make it happen. You can flip the puck up and do a little jump over when you have control of the puck. So you can flip it up from behind the net and elevate it over the net,” Ramjagsingh told ESPN, adding that “he said that in one-player mode, players in front of the goal will naturally try to knock the puck out of the air due to the programming. You’re the Zegras. They’re the Milano.”
“And in online play, when every single player can be controlled, it’s easy to set up behind the net, try to execute that move, have your partner go up and try to coordinate,” Ramjagsingh told ESPN.
“Whether they’ll officially incorporate The Zegras depends on whether EA Sports believes it’s a realistic play to add to a video game — or just a hockey anomaly,” ESPN reported.
Keso Paghuni “a tester in EA Sports’ ‘Game Changer’ program as well as an avid fan of the series,” told ESPN that he loves The Zegras “because it was always something I wanted to do in the game but there wasn’t a way to do it.”
“Others are trying to legitimize The Zegras,” ESPN reported, noting that “Detroit Red Wings prospect Cross Hanas, a forward for Portland of the Western Hockey League, pulled it off a few weeks after Zegras did” and “Team USA’s Matthew Knies tried one in their Winter Olympics preliminary round game against China, to no avail.”
Ramjagsingh said that “the commonality of The Zegras will help determine if it’s included in the game,” ESPN reported.
“We’ll have to see how players continue to try it,” he told ESPN.