Last spring, Chicago's Jonathan Toews
and Patrick Kane
pulled off quite the feat. Sure, there was that Stanley Cup title in which they both figured prominently -- Toews winning the Conn Smythe and Kane potting the Cup-winner -- but what was perhaps under the radar was that when Jonathan Toews
was named the cover athlete for EA SPORTS NHL '11, it was the first time that teammates took the honor in back-to-back years.
No one can say for certainty if Patrick Sharp
or Marian Hossa
will give the Blackhawks an EA cover hat trick, or if someone such as Boston's Tim Thomas
could be the second straight cover athlete to receive the honor after lifting the Cup for the first time.
But it will be somebody. And at the 2011 NHL Awards, we'll all find out who.
For the first time since EA SPORTS began featuring specific cover athletes on its NHL video game franchise in 1997, the company will be announcing its NHL '12 cover athlete on Wednesday, June 22 at the 2011 NHL Awards, which are being held at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC in Canada). The announcement will be with a video presentation during the Awards show, which is being hosted for the second time by comedian Jay Mohr.