Much like they're doing for their upcoming Madden 13, EA is running a poll to determine the cover athlete for the next iteration of their NHL franchise, NHL 13. Just like with football, the first round sees each team represented by two players. Voters may vote for one representative from each team and may vote as often as they'd like by heading right over here.
Before explaining how the rest of the vote will work, here are all your eligible skaters:
Eastern ConferenceThe first round runs until Aprill 11th, when one victor from each team and two wild cards advance.
Devils - Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Adam Larsson
Flyers - Claude Giroux vs. Scott Hartnell
Islanders - John Tavares vs. Michael Grabner
Penguins - Evgeni Malkin vs. Marc-Andre Fleury
Rangers - Henrik Lundqvist vs. Brad Richards
Bruins - Tuukka Rask vs. Tyler Seguin
Maple Leafs - Phil Kessel vs. Tyler Bozak
Canadiens - P.K. Subban vs. Tomas Plekanec
Sabres - Derek Roy vs. Thomas Vanek
Senators -Erik Karlsson vs. Jason Spezza
Capitals - John Carlson vs. Brooks Laich
Hurricanes - Eric Staal vs. Jeff Skinner
Jets - Evander Kane vs. Andrew Ladd
Lightning - Steven Stamkos vs. Victor Hedman
Panthers - Stephen Weiss vs. Tomas Fleischmann
Blackhawks - Patrick Sharp vs. Duncan Keith
Blue Jackets - R.J. Umberger vs. Ryan Johansen
Blues - T.J. Oshie vs. David Perron
Predators - David Legwand vs. Pekka Rinne
Red Wings - Pavel Datsyuk vs. Jimmy Howard
Avalanche - Matt Duchene vs. Gabriel Landeskog
Canucks - Henrik Sedin vs. Alex Burrows
Flames - Mikael Backlund vs. Matt Stajan
Oilers - Jordan Eberle vs. Taylor Hall
Wild - Mikko Koivu vs. Niklas Backstrom
Kings - Anze Kopitar vs. Drew Doughty
Sharks - Logan Couture vs. Brent Burns
Coyotes - Shane Doan vs. Keith Yandle
Stars - Loui Eriksson vs. Jamie Benn
Ducks - Corey Perry vs. Jonas Hiller
The second round of voting starts on April 12th and will close on April 22nd. The top 16 vote-getters in this round go to the round of 16. That round will be conducted single-elimination bracket style and will start on April 24th and conclude on June 4th. At the close of the final round, the NHL 13 cover athlete will officially be announced.
For those of you who balk at the notion of voting for your favorite player because of some "cover athlete curse" or another, EA has released a little video to dispell that myth.
Once again, for you chance to vote for your favorite player to be on the cover of NHL 13, head over here and cast your vote!