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Vote: EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

This might be the most important election of the year, perhaps in the history of mankind. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you should still cast your vote for either Mikko Koivu or Niklas Backstrom in the EA SPORTS NHL Cover Vote Campaign.

Beginning today, Wild fans around the world have the opportunity to shape the face of the EA SPORTS NHL franchise, by voting for their favorite Minnesota player to grace the cover of EA SPORTS NHL 13. Theoretically, you can vote for other NHLers to be placed on the cover, but why would you?

The voting process will consist of two preliminary rounds, followed by a 16-player bracket as a field of 60 NHL players is narrowed down to one. The winning player will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas. 

The first round of competition pits teammate against teammate, Finn vs. Finn., forward against goalie, Mikko Koivu versus Niklas Backstrom. Voting for round one starts today and runs until April 11.

Here’s the voting schedule:

· March 29 – April 11: Round of 60: one representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance*
· 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 NHL 13 cover athlete

Fans in the State of Hockey and worldwide are able to vote an unlimited number of times and are encouraged to vote as often as possible at to ensure their favorite Wild player advances through the rounds. Fans can also show their support by tweeting their picks using #NHL13Cover on Twitter. Visit the EA SPORTS NHL Facebook page for insider updates and additional content.

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