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EA SPORTS and Launch NHL 13 Cover Vote



Sponsored by BlackBerry, Cover Athlete Decided By Fan Vote for the First Time Ever in the History of the EA SPORTS NHL Series

Starting today, fans around the world have the opportunity to shape the face of the EA SPORTS™ NHL® franchise, by participating in the first ever EA SPORTS NHL®Cover VoteCampaign – sponsored by BlackBerry® and hosted on

The voting process will consist of two preliminary rounds, followed by a 16-player bracket as a field of 60 NHL players is narrowed down to one. The winning player will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas.

The first round of competition pits teammate against teammate and starts today and runs until April 11, the first day of the 2012 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Fans can vote for their favorite player to represent their team in the next round.

NHL 13 Cover Athlete Voting Schedule:

  • March 29 – April 11: Round of 60: one representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance*
  • April 12 – April 22: 32-Player Leaderboard: fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance
  • April 24 – June 4: Round of 16: single-elimination playoff bracket decides NHL 13 cover athlete

Fans worldwide are able to vote an unlimited number of times and are encouraged to vote as often as possible at to ensure their favorite player advances through the rounds. Fans can also show their support by tweeting their picks using #NHL13Cover on Twitter. 

The star-studded list of candidates participating in the campaign features NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin, 2011 Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry, NHL All-Stars and some of the most popular players in the NHL.

Complete list of matchups:

Eastern Conference



Tuukka Rask vs. Tyler Seguin




Steven Stamkos vs. Victor Hedman



P.K. Subban vs. Tomas Plekanec


Maple Leafs


Phil Kessel vs. Tyler Bozak



John Carlson vs. Brooks Laich




Stephen Weiss vs. Tomas Fleischmann



Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Adam Larsson




Evgeni Malkin vs. Marc-Andre Fleury



Claude Giroux vs. Scott Hartnell




Henrik Lundqvist vs. Brad Richards



Eric Staal vs. Jeff Skinner




Derek Roy vs. Thomas Vanek



John Tavares vs. Michael Grabner




Erik Karlsson vs. Jason Spezza



Evander Kane vs. Andrew Ladd











Western Conference



Matt Duchene vs. Gabriel Landeskog





Anze Kopitar vs. Drew Doughty



Patrick Sharp vs. Duncan Keith





Jordan Eberle vs. Taylor Hall

Blue Jackets


R.J. Umberger vs. Ryan Johansen





David Legwand vs. Pekka Rinne



T.J. Oshie vs. David Perron



Red Wings


Pavel Datsyuk vs. Jimmy Howard



Henrik Sedin vs. Alex Burrows





Logan Couture vs. Brent Burns



Shane Doan vs. Keith Yandle





Loui Eriksson vs. Jamie Benn



Corey Perry vs. Jonas Hiller





Mikko Koivu vs. Niklas Backstrom



Mikael Backlund vs. Matt Stajan








NHL 13 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver and has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI.

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