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Fans to vote who suffers the potential misfortune of being the NHL 13 coverboy

Mar 29, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

NHL 13

Today, the NHL and EA Sports announced a collaborative initiative to select who will grace the cover of NHL 13 — a voting campaign, brought to you by and BlackBerry!

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. Visit the EA SPORTS NHL Facebook page for insider updates and additional content.

“The EA SPORTS NHL Franchise has had a rich tradition of outstanding cover athletes including Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup Winners, NHL All-Stars and Hall of Fame Members,” said David Le, Marketing Director, EA SPORTS. “With fans selecting the cover athlete for NHL 13 they now control who gets to join that prestigious club.”

The opening-round matchups are as follows:

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

If someone hasn’t already started the #CoverboyStajan hashtag, I’d like to now.

Finally, I’d be remiss without mentioning the rich and colorful history of the EA Sports NHL Curse* — you know, the one where a player agrees to appear on the cover, then watches his career go in the tank.

The most notable victim is former Philadelphia Flyer Eric Lindros. After appearing on the cover of NHL 99 he suffered a collapsed lung, was stripped of his captaincy, missed 10 weeks with a concussion, returned to action…and was then crushed by Scott Stevens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

In closing, good luck to this year’s competitors!

*Yes, I know Steve Stamkos was on the NHL 12 cover and has 55 goals this year.

  1. govtminion - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Nah, Stamkos still counts as a curse. He’s having a monster year, but he’s golfing in a week and a half despite having been to Game 7 of the Eastern Finals last year. That’s got to count for curse-worthy, right?

    You know what has my attention? Look at the Capitals. Think of all the players who could be listed there. And it’s Carlson v. Laich? Really?

    • epictron1 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Can you really blame Stamkos for the Lightning’s collapse? It’s truly not his fault they’re not in the playoffs. Blame Stevie Y for putting the whole year on a 42 year old goalie.

      • govtminion - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        No, no, quite the opposite! You misread me- if anything, I wonder how bad that team would be if he WASN’T scoring near-nightly. He’s the bright point on an otherwise god-awful year in Tampa.

        And yes, Roloson was a bad idea. Guess what the Lightning need to go shopping for in the offseason?

    • danphipps01 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      … well, Backstrom’s missing, I guess, but that’s about it as far as good players go.

  2. cardsbluesrams02 - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    blues should have been elliott vs. halak, now that woulda been interesting

  3. rcmylott - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Who are the sabres nominees?

  4. abrienza428 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Wasn’t Kane on it the year he scored the gwg in OT to win the Cup?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      The curse was that nobody saw the goal go in, leading to the most awkward initial reaction in possibly modern sports.

      Sorry. Best I got.

      • abrienza428 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Haha, I guess you’re right. Had to be the worst Stanley Cup winning call ever.

  5. buffalomafia - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM


  6. velocirapist - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    So where’s Rick Nash? I think it’s gotta be Stajan or Umberger.

  7. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    HAHA, I can only laugh at my Wild’s options. Sadly there are non better, maybe you can add Yakupov on there for us seeing as we will win the draft
    :) Here’s to dreaming about Yakupov! lol

    I honestly think they should add RNH in his Red Deer Rebels jersey and push hard for their be a pro mode (start in the CHL).

  8. cruuuzcontrol - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Whatever. Unless it’s Lundqvist, I’m cutting whoever out and replacing him with Ryan Callahan. <3

  9. tarotsujimoto74 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    They created an ad showing how if there ever was a curse for this game, it’s ended. Kane getting the Stanley Cup GWG in his year, Toews having a career year last season, and Stamkos with 55 goals so far.

  10. kiopta1 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I would go with Dat.

  11. rca26 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Fingers crossed for a Legwand-Bozak final.

    That said, Peyton Hillis won the Madden cover vote, so I guess everything is fair game.

  12. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Despite everybody and their favorites, it should be Evgeni Malkin, no doubt about it.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      great point, yet such a horrible name “joethorntonisclutch”… just messing around, mine is worse.

  13. The Baseball Gods - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    If you have to bring up an example from 13 years ago, then there is no curse.

  14. travishenryskid - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Vote for Stajan

  15. transam7816 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    If you have to bring up an example from 13 years ago, then there is no curse.
    Agree. There’s only the madden curse. That’s it. Don’t try to get a following for something that isn’t there

  16. spokedjackets - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Pulling for the underdog Jaime Benn, kid is a future star in this league. Putting him on the cover would make EA look like they were ahead of the curve, and made his year, not cursed it.

  17. themajorleagueblog - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    You are wrong, you know, there is no curse to the NHL series. Lets look at history, shall we.
    Kelly Hrudey, who was the first NHL cover athelte, sustained wins, but allowed more goals. He wasn’t really cursed, just nothing happened for the Kings.
    NHLPA Hockey 93, the second NHL game had 3 men on the cover, Brind’Amour, Richter and Randy Mollet. Brind’Amour had more goals and more game winners than he’s ever had. Richter did worse. Randy Moller was worse, so you could say a curse was growing. NHL 94, the best NHL game until the 360-PS3 era, had Tomas Sandstrom and Andy Moog, Sandstrom maintained his play, even though he was traded to the Penguins. Andy Moog, had an average 3.27, also had 24 wins in a transition year to Dallas. NHL 95 came out to start the 1994-95 NHL season and featured Alexei Kovalev and Kirk McLean on the cover. Though, Kovalev had less goal due to injury, he still helped the Rangers down the stretch. Kirk McLean, who was the goalie goal scored on the cover, McLean had one of his best GAA seasons, posting a 2.75. NHL 96, started the 1995-96 season, had Scott Stevens and Steve Yzerman battling for the puck, Yzerman was electric with 95 points. Stevens maintained his no negative +/- streak alive having a +7. NHL 97 would begin the trend of 1 player-1 cover. Starting with John Vanbiesbrouck and the Rat Trick Florida Panthers. Vanbiesbrouck had a 2.87, which was okay and helped the Panthers in games they probably should’ve lost. 98 had Peter Forsberg, had 94 points, better than the year before, and help them in the playoffs. 99′ had Eric Lindros he had 83 points and got the Flyers in to the playoffs, something they didn’t do for his “cover” season. In 1999-00, for NHL 2000, Pronger had 62 points, the most of his career. In 2000-01 for NHL 01, Owen Nolan of the Sharks was on the cover. Nolan had 75 points, and did okay in the playoffs, nothing like the year before, but that stuff happens, he only played 57 games. 2002 had Mario LEMIEUX(hey, that rhymes). In his 2001-02 campaign, injuries plagued his season, so, I guess that goes in your favor in the “Curse” idea. In the 2002-03 season, Iginla’s season was shorten, but he still played well, 67 points. I might need to get holy water for this. Well, the 2003-04 season had 3 cover athletes. Originally, Joe Thornton was supposed to grace the cover. He assualted two police officers, allegedly. So, Heatley’s cover was printed(I still have NHL 2004 with Heatley), he returned and got 31 games and played well in those 31. 25 points in 31 games. Sakic had 87 points, which got him an all-star seed in St. Paul. Two different covers for NHL 2005, the lockout season, Markus Näslund in North America/Worldwide and Olli Jokinen in Europe. I’m not even going to talk about that year. In NHL 06, for the 2005-06 season, Vincent Lecavalier of the Bolts got the US/Canadian cover and Tuomo Ruutu, then with Chicago, got the European/Worldwide cover. Ruutu had a terrible season. Lecavalier had a good season, not great, but good. NHL 07 was the first NHL game to have 3 different cover(NHL 99 had Pronger, Naslund. NHL 2000 had Nolan and Jere Lehtinen). NHL 07 had Alexander Ovechkin in North America, Europe(except Finland and Sweden); Henrik Lundqvist had Sweden and The Finnish Flash Teemu Selanne had his first cover. Alexander Ovechkin had his career high in goals and points that year with 65 goals and 112 points, got the Capitals in the playoffs for the first time in his career. 2007-08 wasn’t good for Teemu, his production slowed down for the first time since 2000-01. Henrik Lundqvist, had a 2.23 GAA his NHL career low…so far, and got his NYC moniker, “King Henrik”. NHL 08 had as much as covers as NHL 10, a lot. Eric Staal had the US/Canada cover. Jaromir Jagr had Europe except Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Eric Staal scored 82 points, which would never be as high as of 2007. Jaromir Jagr got hurt, but he almost matched his career high, but got hurt 55 games in the season. Mark Streit was in his final year in Montreal, he had played almost a full year, and got 62 points. The Big Z had his career high in points and goals. NHL 09 had Dion Phaneuf with Calgary worldwide, Alexander Ovechkin had the Russian cover and Alfredsson of the Sens was the Swedish cover. Phaneuf was okay that year. Ovechkin was Ovechkin. Alfredsson was a good leader, but not a points leader. NHL 10 in the 2009-10 season had, Patrick Kane worldwide, he was the first American on the cover since NHL 97 with Vanbiesbrouck. The first cover just for Denmark, had Mikkel Boedker of the Coyotes. Finland has Mikko Koivu of Minnesota. Mark Streit graces the cover again in Switzerland and Nicklas Backstrom had the Swedish cover. Kane had a cup season and had the game winning SCF goal. Boedker, had a weak season. Koivu had a good 2009-10 campaign, having his career high 71 points. Streit had 49 points, which isn’t that great, but played all 82 games. Backstrom had 101 points, mostly to Ovechkin, had his career high goals and assists with 33 goals and 68 points. NHL 11 had Conn Smythe winner and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews , making it the first year-to-year teammate cover athletes ever in the NHL series. In Sweden, The Sedins graced the cover. In Switzerland, Mark Streit had the cover honors for a third time, beating Teemu Selanne for the most covers of 1 player. Toews had his career high in points and assists. Mark Streit did not play that year. Daniel had 41 goals and 63 assists in 82 games he played, a career high in goals. Henrik had 94 points, a career high in assists. NHL 12 had young superstar, Steven Stamkos worldwide. Jonas Hiller had the Swiss cover. The first two men-two cover athletes since NHL 06. Stamkos is going for 60 goals and Hiller has a 2.52 GAA.
    So as you can see, the notion of the cover curse doesn’t exactly exist in the NHL.

  18. nyrangersfan - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    The cover should go to the All-Star, Hat-Trick scoring, MVP winner Gaborik no doubt! Anyways, When will this game hit stores anyway? And it probably won’t be any different from ’12 right? They usually wait like three or four years to make any major changes to the game like they waited between the ’09 and ’12 games.

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