Last week, the reveal trailer for the highly anticipated NHL 14 video game was released. Just as EA Sports did last year, they are holding a contest to see what NHL player will grace the cover of this year’s installment, and they’re leaving it up to you! Each team has two possible contenders, and this year’s candidates from the Blackhawks are Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith.
The voting starts with two preliminary rounds, which advances to a 16-player bracket, much like the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Speaking of which, the player that generates the most votes throughout this process will be announced as the NHL 14 Cover Athlete during this year’s Stanley Cup Final. According to EA Sports, over 25 million votes were cast last year, with Claude Giroux being the winner.
To vote this year, head on over to http://covervote.nhl.com and submit your ballot. Two more votes can be collected for each player if you use the player-specific hashtags on “Twitter Vote Thursdays.”
NHL 14 Cover Vote Schedule (From www.EA.com)
Round of 60 – April 22nd-28th: Teammate vs. teammate. One representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance.
32-Player Leaderboard – April 29th -May 5th: Fans vote for their favourite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance.
16-player Bracket – May 6th – May 26th: Weekly round-by-round, single-elimination playoff bracket decides finalists.
The Finals – May 27th – June 2nd: Winner takes the NHL 14 Cover.
Here are the candidates:
Buffalo Sabres: Ryan Miller, Tomas Vanek
Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith
Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows
Only six short days are in between today and the day that the final Blackhawk will be decided! Vote Now!
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