It will be game on for St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who on Wednesday was named as winner of the fan-selected vote to be featured on the cover of EA SPORTS NHL 17.
The announcement was made during the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Tarasenko, who had career highs of 40 goals and 74 points for the Blues this season, was the top vote-getter among more than 6 million ballots cast on NHL.com and Twitter.
"It's an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year," Tarasenko said. "As a player, it's a big deal to be fan selected for something like the cover vote, and I'm excited to be involved in the game this year."
Video: Vladimir Tarasenko wins EA Sports NHL 17 cover vote
EA SPORTS also announced that all players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can register now for the NHL 17 public beta beginning July 28 and featuring three playable game modes. Players who sign up to become an EA SPORTS NHL 17 Insider will receive early access to the beta, as well as early access to news, trailers, and more before worldwide release on Sept. 13 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The beta will feature three modes: Online Versus, EA SPORTS Hockey League, and Hockey Ultimate Team; as well as access to the Creation Zone. Beta registration is open now until July 7 at 11:59 p.m. PT; the beta is scheduled to begin on July 28 at noon PT and end Aug. 4 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Fans can register now for a chance to play NHL 17 first by clicking here.
New features in EA SPORTS NHL 17 include unprecedented on-ice gameplay control, new depth and customization in EA SPORTS Hockey League, and the all-new Synergy and Dynamic Sets features coming to Hockey Ultimate Team, as well as Draft Champions, Franchise Mode and World Cup of Hockey game modes.