For over 20 years the EA Sports
NHL series has dominated the hockey video game world with its realistic and fun gameplay coupled with year-by-year innovation.
The annual announcement of who will be that year's cover boy for the game has always been a fun debate for fans as
NHL enters its 22nd season. For NHL 13, EA Sports is changing the way its cover athlete is chosen. Instead of being selected in-house, fans will have the opportunity to decide who gets the honor.
Beginning today and ending June 4, puckheads will be able to vote from a list of 60 players leading up to the announcement of the cover winner on June 20 during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
Here's how the three rounds of voting will break down:
Voting will take place at
NHL.com/CoverVote and fans can do so an unlimited number of times. A Twitter hashtag, #NHL13Cover, will also track the cover athlete tournament discussion. Updates and other content will also show up on the EA SPORTS NHL Facebook page.
So which 60 players made the cut? Join us after the jump.
Here are the Eastern Conference matchups:
Bruins: Tuukka Rask vs. Tyler Seguin Canadiens: P.K. Subban vs. Tomas Plekanec Capitals: Brooks Laich vs. John Carlson Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Adam Larsson Flyers: Claude Giroux vs. Scott Hartnell Hurricanes: Eric Staal vs. Jeff Skinner Islanders: John Tavares vs. Michael Grabner Jets: Evander Kane vs. Andrew Ladd Lightning: Steven Stamkos vs. Victor Hedman Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel vs. Tyler Bozak Panthers: Stephen Weiss vs. Tomas Fleischmann Penguins: Evgeni Malkin vs. Marc-Andre Fleury Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Brad Richards Sabres: Derek Roy vs. Thomas Vanek Senators: Erik Karlsson vs. Jason Spezza
Eric Staal and Steven Stamkos are the only ones in the East that have already appeared on a cover in North America.
Here now are the matchups in the Western Conference:
Avalanche: Matt Duchene vs. Gabriel Landeskog Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp vs. Duncan Keith Blue Jackets: R.J. Umberger vs. Ryan Johansen Blues: T.J. Oshie vs. David Perron Canucks: Henrik Sedin vs. Alex Burrows Coyotes: Shane Doan vs. Keith Yandle Ducks: Corey Perry vs. Jonas Hiller Flames: Mikael Backlund vs. Matt Stajan Kings: Anze Kopitar vs. Drew Doughty Oilers: Jordan Eberle vs. Taylor Hall Predators: David Legwand vs. Pekka Rinne Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk vs. Jimmy Howard Sharks: Logan Couture vs. Brent Burns Stars: Loui Eriksson vs. Jamie Benn Wild: Mikko Koivu vs. Niklas Backstrom
Lots of youth in the West. Who's up for a Pavel Datsyuk campaign?
Looking at the 60 players, one of them will end up as the
NHL 13 cover boy. Who do you think will end up with the winning vote?
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