Vote For The Cover Of NHL 13

Following up on the successes of the Madden and NCAA Football Cover athlete voting, EA Sports and are teaming up to allow fans to vote for the cover athlete of the NHL series for the first time ever.

Starting today, three rounds of voting will be held, ending on June 4th in the midst of the Stanley Cup Finals. Fans can go to to vote as often as they want to help their favorite players advance to the next round. The players initially available to vote for include the following:

Eastern Conference
Bruins     Tuukka Rask vs. Tyler Seguin
Canadiens     P.K. Subban vs. Tomas Plekanec
Capitals     John Carlson vs. Brooks Laich
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


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

Sadly, no write-ins are allowed, effectively shattering my dreams. At the end of the first round on April 11, one player from each team (along with two wild card selections chosen by EA) will advance to the next round and voting will begin again.

From April 12th to April 22nd, fans will vote for their top 16 who will then advance to the final round. Then, from April 24th to June 4th, a single elimination playoff bracket will whittle down the players to ultimately decide the cover athlete.

Fans are of course encouraged to vote as often as they like and tweet their picks with the requisite hashtag #NHL13Cover. More information can be found at the EA Sports NHL Facebook Page.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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