Like each year, EA launched a voting campaign to determine which real athlete will get the cover of NHL 14. For this coveted spot, sportsmen will need to rely on their community to vote them through a series of rounds.
First up, 60 people will go head to head with their own teammates, to decide the best player for each team individually. Then, EA will add wildcards to those results. The next round will consist of 32 players trying for a spot in the top 16. Once these are known, players will go into playoff elimination rounds, until the winner takes all. We’ll list all candidates below.
|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|
|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|
There’s also an interesting infographic about the last NHL 13 release and the success rate of previous cover players. There’s no Madden curse here it seems. To cast your vote, go to http://covervote.nhl.com.