EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote

For all you gamers out there now is your chance to vote for the upcoming EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Athlete. For those unfamiliar with the series, you can read our review of EA SPORTS NHL 12 here.

Electronic Arts Inc. announced that starting today, Thursday March 29th, fans can cast their vote in the first ever EA SPORTS NHL Cover Vote Campaign. The vote is sponsored by Blackberry and hosted on NHL.com.

The vote takes a playoff like feel with two-preliminary rounds leading into a 16-player bracket eventually taking 60 players and ending up with one winner.

Round 1 begins today, March 29th and goes until April 11th. The round pairs two teammates from each team against one another. One winner from each team and an additional two wildcards will advance.

Round 2 begins April 12th and runs until April 22nd. With 32 players to choose from, the top 16 players advance to the playoffs.

Round 3 goes from April 24th to June 4th. In a single-elimination playoff type bracket, the NHL 13 cover athlete will be decided.

Fans can vote an unlimited amount of times by going to NHL.com/CoverVote. Fellow Twitter users can use the hashtag #NHL13Cover to show their support.

Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the cover athlete for NHL 12 and is in the mix of match-ups, his first foe being fellow teammate Victor Hedman. Most likely going to blow by round 1, I wonder what would happen if he outright wins the NHL 13 cover? Not as likely as you might think, but you never know. The first round match-ups can be found here as well as below.

After looking at the first round match-ups, who do you think is going to make it to Round 2? Who is going to win it all? Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Erik Karlsson or someone else?

Have a question or comment, email at EB@hockeyworldblog.com or contact on Twitter @HWBEB.

Eastern Conference
Bruins Tuukka Rask vs. Tyler Seguin Lightning Steven Stamkos vs. Victor Hedman
Canadiens P.K. Subban vs. Tomas Plekanec Maple Leafs Phil Kessel vs. Tyler Bozak
Capitals John Carlson vs. Brooks Laich Panthers Stephen Weiss vs. Tomas Fleischmann
Devils Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Adam Larsson Penguins Evgeni Malkin vs. Marc-Andre Fleury
Flyers Claude Giroux vs. Scott Hartnell Rangers Henrik Lundqvist vs. Brad Richards
Hurricanes Eric Staal vs. Jeff Skinner Sabres Derek Roy vs. Thomas Vanek
Islanders John Tavares vs. Michael Grabner Senators Erik Karlsson vs. Jason Spezza
Jets Evander Kane vs. Andrew Ladd
Western Conference
Avalanche Matt Duchene vs. Gabriel Landeskog Kings Anze Kopitar vs. Drew Doughty
Blackhawks Patrick Sharp vs. Duncan Keith Oilers Jordan Eberle vs. Taylor Hall
Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger vs. Ryan Johansen Predators David Legwand vs. Pekka Rinne
Blues T.J. Oshie vs. David Perron Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk vs. Jimmy Howard
Canucks Henrik Sedin vs. Alex Burrows Sharks Logan Couture vs. Brent Burns
Coyotes Shane Doan vs. Keith Yandle Stars Loui Eriksson vs. Jamie Benn
Ducks Corey Perry vs. Jonas Hiller Wild Mikko Koivu vs. Niklas Backstrom
Flames Mikael Backlund vs. Matt Stajan


  1. How the hell can Stamkos possibly be on the cover again…? He should’t even be a choice for Tampa…. LUNDQVIST ALL THE WAY!!!

    • I thought it was odd he was in the mix as well. I mean, he is clearly going past the first round and possibly into the third. From there who knows, but it is possible. But I too hope he does not make cover again. Nothing against him, I just think someone else gets a shot.

      Lundqvist is good, but not sure if the goalies will make it on the cover. That being said, I think some biases against teams will hinder players, such as Evgeni Malkin.

      Overall, kind of neat and I think it will be hard to predict who will win.

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