EA SPORTS, NHL.com unveil 32 advancing players for next round of EA SPORTS NHL 13 cover vote

by NHL.com


Anaheim Ducks: Corey Perry
Boston Bruins: Tyler Seguin
Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Vanek
Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund
Carolina Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner
Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp
Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene
Columbus Blue Jackets: R.J. Umberger
Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn
Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk
Edmonton Oilers: Jordan Eberle
Florida Panthers: Stephen Weiss
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar
Minnesota Wild: Mikko Koivu
Montreal Canadiens: P.K. Subban
Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne
New Jersey Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk
New York Islanders: John Tavares
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist
Ottawa Senators    Erik Karlsson
Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux
Phoenix Coyotes: Shane Doan
Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin
St. Louis Blues: T.J. Oshie
San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture
Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos
Toronto Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel
Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin
Washington Capitals: Brooks Laich
Winnipeg Jets: Evander Kane
Eastern Conference Wild Card: Scott Hartnell
Western Conference Wild Card: David Perron

EA SPORTS and NHL.com announced today the 32 NHL players who have been selected to take part in the next round of the EA SPORTS NHL13 Cover Vote presented by BlackBerry.

The second round of the cover vote campaign, which begins today at NHL.com/CoverVote and ends April 22, shifts to a 32-player leaderboard format where the top 16 vote-getters advance to a 16-player bracket. The winner of the cover vote campaign will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas.

This announcement follows the first round of competition, which featured 60 NHL players and pitted teammate against teammate contending to represent their team. The top vote-getter for each team plus two-wild card players advanced to round two. The first ever cover vote campaign for the EA SPORTS NHL franchise has been embraced by both NHL fans and NHL players with 10 million votes cast thus far, and NHL players utilizing social media platforms to promote themselves and their teammates. Outstanding examples of player engagement on social media include:

·Vote Hiller for EA SPORTS NHL13 Cover Campaign Video - YouTube

Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards rally for Brandon Prust's vote - Twitter

·Vote Hartnell for EA SPORTS NHL13 Cover Campaign Video - YouTube

EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Athlete Voting Schedule:

·April 12 - April 22: 32-player Leaderboard - Fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; Top 16 vote-getters advance

·April 24 - June 4: Round of 16 - Single-elimination playoff bracket decides NHL13 cover athlete