: Since the publication of this article, several screens of the cover star in action have been released, as have a pair of videos. Check them out in the story below!Original StoryIn West Philadelphia, drafted and trained; on the ice rink is where he spent most of his days...
After 24 million fan votes were tallied since the end of March, the cover vote
has been finalized and we have ourselves a winner. See him for yourself -- Philadelphia Flyers center, Claude Giroux.
Giroux beat out Nashville's goalie, Pekka Rinne in the finals, who also had a very strong following of supporters, many of whom wanted to see a goalie grace the cover for the first time. In a statement from EA Sports, Giroux said this about his new position as coverboy:
The support fans have given me throughout the campaign has been unbelievable. I am very excited to be on the cover of NHL 13 and I want to thank everyone who campaigned and voted for me - especially my teammates, the Flyers organization, and of course all the NHL fans who voted and tweeted.
Here are several screens and a pair of videos to celebrate the announcement of the latest cover athlete:
Who did you vote for? Any Giroux or Rinne voters here? NHL 13
hits the rink on September 11th in North America and September 14th in Europe.