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Trevor Zegras, Sarah Nurse Announced as NHL 23 Cover Athletes

Adam WellsAugust 24, 2022

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Olympic gold medalist Sarah Nurse and Anaheim Ducks breakout star Trevor Zegras are the cover athletes for NHL 23.

EA Sports made the cover announcement today, with a full reveal coming Thursday:

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What’s better than one cover athlete?<br><br>Your two official <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHL23?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NHL23</a> cover athletes <a href="https://twitter.com/tzegras11?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@tzegras11</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/nursey16?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nursey16</a> ⭐️⭐️<br><br>See the full reveal tomorrow <br>➡️ <a href="https://t.co/QhoZN09ldb">https://t.co/QhoZN09ldb</a> <a href="https://t.co/06XIVh92ud">pic.twitter.com/06XIVh92ud</a>

Drafted No. 9 overall by the Ducks in 2019, Zegras made his NHL debut in the second half of the 2020-21 season. He showed tremendous potential with 13 points in 24 games.

After making Anaheim's opening-night roster for the 2021-22 campaign, Zegras established himself as the face of the franchise. The 21-year-old led the team with 38 assists and ranked second with 23 goals and 61 points in 75 games.

Zegras was named to the All-Rookie team and finished second to Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider in Calder Trophy voting.

Nurse had a historic performance for the Canadian women's national team at the Beijing Olympics. Her 18 points and 13 assists were the most in a single women's tournament.

With Canada's 3-2 win over the United States in the final, Nurse became the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in ice hockey.

CBC Olympics @CBCOlympics

The first, but definitely not the last 🥇<br><br>Sarah Nurse is the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey 👏<br><br>In Beijing, the Hamilton, Ont. native set two new Olympic records for most points (18) and most assists (13) in a single women's tournament <a href="https://t.co/LI01tQGmft">pic.twitter.com/LI01tQGmft</a>

NHL 23 will mark the first time since 2003 that EA Sports will feature multiple cover athletes. This will be the 32nd installment in the long-running franchise that dates back to 1991.

A release date is expected to be announced during the full reveal of the game on Thursday. It will be released on the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series S.

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