16 Players Advance in EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Campaign

April 25, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ announced today the 16 NHL players who have advanced to the next round of the EA SPORTS NHL ®13 Cover Vote presented by BlackBerry ®. Beginning today on NHL.com, the cover vote campaign shifts to a 16-player bracket format as players compete in head-to-head matchups for a spot in the quarterfinals. The winner of the cover vote campaign 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.

NHL ® 13 Cover Vote Round of 16 Breakdown
Bracket A Bracket B
Claude Giroux vs. David Perron Pavel Datsyuk vs. Evander Kane
Evgeni Malkin vs. Steven Stamkos Henrik Lundqvist vs. Erik Karlsson
Anze Kopitar vs. T.J. Oshie Pekka Rinne vs. Patrick Sharp
Scott Hartnell vs. Tyler Seguin Jordan Eberle vs. John Tavares

NHL 13 Cover Athlete Voting Schedule:

·         April 25 – May 2: Round of 16 – Bracket A matchups open for voting

·         May 3 – May 10: Round of 16 – Bracket B matchups open for voting

·         May 11 – May 23:  Quarterfinals

·         May 24 – May 28: Semifinals

·         May 29 – June 4: Finals

Presented by BlackBerry ® and hosted on NHL.com, the campaign gives fans the opportunity to select the face of the EA SPORTS NHL ® franchise. Fans worldwide are able to vote an unlimited number of times and are encouraged to vote as often as possible at http://www.nhl.com/covervote to ensure their favorite player advances through the rounds. Fans can also get involved and tweet their support by using #NHL13Cover on Twitter. 

The first ever cover vote campaign for the EA SPORTS NHL ® franchise has been embraced by both NHL fans and NHL players with 13 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 NHL ®13 Cover Campaign Video - YouTube

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

·         Vote Hartnell for EA SPORTS NHL ®13 Cover Campaign Video - YouTube


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