EA Sports: It's in the game. Hockey fans, players young and old, video gamers across the globe...everyone loves the fast-paced NHL video game series from Electronic Arts.
The game's developers consistently improve the in-game realism and authenticity, giving the gamer the chance to control his or her favorite team or player for exhibition games, playoff series or entire seasons.
Many NHL superstars—including Washington's Alexander Ovechkin, Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and, most recently, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos—have graced the cover in prior years' editions.
However, this year, the game's marketing team devised a strategy that allows fans to vote for the 2013 version of the game's cover athlete. Two players from each team entered, and a winner moved on to the next round. The contest now features six players from a pool of the top-eight vote-getters who all deserve the honor of gracing the game's cover.
It's the precise blend of skill, popularity and the right looks that separate the true next face of EA Sports NHL '13 from the contenders.