NHL ’13 Cover Vote

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Brace yourselves hockey fans. A bracket is heating up. No, I am not talking about March Madness, I am talking about EA Sports’ fan vote for the NHL ’13 cover. This is the first year fans will be able to vote for who they think should be on the cover of the much awaited game. In the past, cover-players have been announced as a surprise to NHL fans. Previous cover-players include: Alexander Ovechkin (’07), Eric Staal (’08), Dion Phaneuf (’09), Pat Kane (’10), Jonathan Toews (’11), and Steven Stamkos (’12). At http://www.nhl.com/covervote, fans are able to choose between two candidates given for each team. The two candidates from each team are pre-selected. Fans are allowed to vote up to 10 times a day for either every teams’ players or just one player if they so choose. After April 11th, players will re-enter a new bracket of choices based on who ‘won’ their category. Most of the selections of players seem fairly obvious, highlighting the key players from this year’s season.

Here are photos of the first round choices:

Twitter is taking a big role in the NHL ’13 cover discussion. Using the hashtag #NHL13Cover, the NHL is maintaining an active conversation about who should win. Players are tweeting and asking fans and followers to vote for them. Some of the players are joking around about making the decision about which teammate to vote for. See NY Rangers’ Brad Prust’s tweets from this morning: 

Is there anyone you think deserves the cover the most? Any teams that have the wrong players as choices? Do you think players tweets that ask for votes will actually make a difference?

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6 comments on “NHL ’13 Cover Vote

  1. Eric says:

    Malkin is the league’s leading scorer, and will win the Art Ross trophy as he did in ’08-’09.He is a deserving choice.

    Who is Dion Phaneuf, anyway.

    The face of the NHL, Sidney Crosby, has taken a back seat to many lesser talents. He will have another MVP season in 2012-13

  2. Update: The NHL13 Cover Vote ended at midnight yesterday. There were over 25 million votes. Still no official word on the winner… Hopefully we don’t have to wait until the game comes out. One thing is for sure, either Giroux or Rinne will be gracing the cover.

  3. Update: The winner of the EA SPORTS NHL13 Cover Athlete will be unveiled live at the 2012 NHL Awards on June 20th.

  4. And the winner is: Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers. Here is the photo EA Sports released on their Fb page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151052388410996&set=a.10150772360240996.464351.333387460995&type=1&theater

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