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Ovechkin chosen as EA Sports NHL 21 cover athlete

Alex Ovechkin was named the EA Sports NHL 21 cover athlete on Monday for the new edition of the video game, which will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Oct. 16.

The Washington Capitals captain, who first appeared on the video game's cover for NHL 07, joins Jonathan Toews as the only two-time worldwide cover athletes. The Chicago Blackhawks captain appeared on the front of the NHL 11 and NHL 16 editions.

More: 'Great Eight Edition' to highlight Ovechkin's storied career


Results of NHL Gaming World Championship regional finals

Arttu "ArtuzioFIN" Mustila claimed the GWC European title and the $10,000 USD prize with his victory against Roni "MrNipsuli" Kajan.

Tweet from @ArtuzioFIN: European Champion!!!🏆������ Thanks for the all who have supported me through this run! Especially Rakennustoimisto V.O.Mattila Oy🙌🏻������ Really means lot to me!🥰 #NHLGWC #TeamTuZio #MENN����

ArtuzioFIN, a 22-year-old business student who represented the Chicago Blackhawks, rolled to the title by sweeping each of his three best-of-3 series. He defeated MrNipsul 4-2, 5-4 in the championship round.

ArtuzioFIN, who was the runnerup in the 2018 GWC European regional final, finished his six games with 29 goals, 55 shots, 10 hits, eight penalty minutes and an average attack time of 6:10.

ArtuzioFIN joined United States champion Josh "OFs_HK" Fuss and Justin 'Regs84' Reguly, who won the Canadian Regional Final, as the three regional champions. The 2020 NHL Gaming World Chamionship Final was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Results of NHL Player Gaming Challenge

The NHL Player Gaming Challenge has concluded. All matches are archived on the NHL Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Premiere accounts.

-Match 1: Brady Tkachuk (OTT) defeats Matthew Tkachuk, Noah Hanifin (CGY)

-Match 2: Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns (DAL) defeat Bryan Rust, Zach Aston-Reese (PIT)

-Match 3: Filip Forsberg (NSH) defeats J.T. Compher (COL)

-Match 4: Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy (BOS) defeat Clayton Keller, Conor Garland (ARI)

-Match 5: Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) defeats Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH)

-Match 6: Cam Fowler (ANA) defeats Evander Kane (SJS)

-Match 7: Drake Caggiula, Alex DeBrincat (CHI) defeat Michael Amadio, Blake Lizotte (LAK)

-Match 8: Madison Bowey (DET) defeats Devan Dubnyk (MIN)

-Match 9: Caleb Jones, Darnell Nurse (EDM) defeat Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks, NFL)

-Match 10James van Riemsdyk (PHI) defeats Zach Hyman (TOR)

-Match 11Ryan Reaves, Alex Tuch (VGK) defeat Thatcher Demko, Adam Gaudette (VAN)

-Match 12Colton Parayko, Robert Thomas (STL) defeat Victor Mete, Nick Suzuki (MTL)

-Match 13: Brandon Montour (BUF) defeats Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD)

-Match 14: Anthony Cirelli (TBL) defeats Warren Foegele (CAR)

-Match 15: Joe Morrow (former WPG player) defeats Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ)

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