LAS VEGAS -- Gamers take note. The new cover athlete for EA NHL 12, which will be in stories Sept. 13, is Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
Stamkos follows a two-year run on the EA cover by Chicago Blackhawks stars. Patrick Kane was the 2010 cover athlete, followed last season by teammate and fellow Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Toews.
"I am very excited to be part of illustrious group of guys (who have been on the cover)," said Stamkos, who added the EA NHL game has "probably been at the top of my Christmas list since I was six years old."
"I even bought a copy to play with teammates in Tampa," Stamkos said.