The folks at EA Sports dropped us a note saying that NHL 06 has shipped and should go on sale at most retailers today.

NHL 06 is the latest installment in the #1 worldwide selling hockey franchise.

The game features an all-new Skill Stick and the return of classic deke controls, letting you express your playing style by pulling off the highlight reel moves of an NHL All-Star. With an all-new intuitive control scheme that provides smoother gameplay, NHL 06 delivers a complete game experience true to the sport itself.

Vincent Lecavalier, the highly-skilled assistant captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning and one of the most decorated young stars in the NHL, graces the game's cover. In 2003-04, Lecavalier, then 25, led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Championship in an exciting seven-game series against the Calgary Flames.