Vote for the Cover of NHL 14

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
In a tradition as noble and respected as the playoff beard and kissing the Cup, the digital ice masters at EA Canada are kicking off the contest to let gamers vote on who should be on the cover of NHL 14 *.

*Sergei Bobrovsky

According to Dave McCarthy, NHL Vice President Consumer Products Marketing over 25 million votes were cast in last year's competition which resulted in Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers being placed upon the cover.

Voting is now open online and gamers can begin to whittle the massive list of candidates down*.

*Vote Bobrovsky

The voting will kick off by putting teammate against teammate then proceed thusly:

Round of 60 – April 22-28: Teammate vs. teammate. One representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance. **

32-Player Leaderboard – April 29-May 5: Fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance.

16-player Bracket – May 6 - May 26: Weekly round-by-round, single-elimination playoff bracket decides finalists.

The Finals – May 27- June 2: Winner takes the NHL 14 Cover.
**Wild cards to be selected by EA SPORTS and should include Bobrovsky

Here is the list of all eligible players. Pay no mind to the one true answer, which has been bolded for your convenience.

Eastern Conference

Bruins- Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara
Lightning- Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman
Canadiens- P.K. Subban, David Desharnais
Maple Leafs- Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk
Capitals- Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson
Panthers- Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell
Devils- Martin Brodeur, Adam Henrique
Penguins- Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang
Flyers- Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek
Rangers- Carl Hagelin, Ryan Callahan
Hurricanes- Eric Staal, Jordan Staal
Sabres- Ryan Miller, Tomas Vanek
Islanders- John Tavares, Michael Grabner
Senators- Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek
Jets- Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd

Western Conference

Avalanche- Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog
Kings- Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown
Blackhawks- Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith
Oilers- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall
Blue Jackets- Brandon Dubinsky, Sergei Bobrovsky
Predators- Brandon Yip, Mike Fisher
Blues- Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron
Red Wings- Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk
Canucks- Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows
Sharks- Joe Thornton, Logan Couture
Coyotes- Keith Yandle, Shane Doan
Stars- Kari Lehtonen, Jamie Benn
Ducks- Andrew Cogliano, Matt Beleskey
Wild- Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom
Flames- Dennis Wideman, Lee Stempniak

If you're one of those gamers who dislikes reading long, propoganda-filled* news stories, but loves trailers, EA Canada has a special treat for you.

*Vote Bobrovsky

The voting for the cover of NHL 14 is now open (vote Bobrovsky) and the game is set to release on September 10th, 2013 in North America and September 13th in Europe.
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.