EA SPORTS™ and NHL.com announced today that Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne have been selected by the fans as the two finalists in the EA SPORTS NHL®13 Cover Vote sponsored by BlackBerry®.Giroux and Rinne narrowly beat out Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares, respectively, in the tightest round of competition yet. Fans have cast more than 23 million votes on NHL.com thus far in the campaign, including nearly four million votes in the semifinal round.
Beginning today until June 4 at 11:59pm ET, fans can vote an unlimited number of times at http://www.nhl.com/covervote for their choice for the EA SPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Athlete. The winner will be unveiled at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be televised at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network in the U.S and on CBC in Canada.
The NHL® 13 Cover Vote campaign, gives fans the opportunity to select the face of the EA SPORTS NHL® franchise. Fans can create awareness for the campaign and their favorite player by using #NHL13Cover on TwitterTM.
The first ever cover vote campaign for the EA SPORTS NHL® franchise has been embraced by NHL fans, teams and players who have utilized social media platforms to campaign. Recent outstanding examples of team and player engagement include:
· When You Don’t Vote for #71 – Penguins’ “Vote for Geno” campaign
· Johnny’s Barber Shop – Get Strong for John – Islanders Mikael Grabner campaigns for John Tavares
· Get Strong for John – Islanders Mikael Grabner campaigns for John Tavares
NHL® 13 Delivers Major Innovations that will Change the Way You Play the Game
EA SPORTS NHL® 13 promises the biggest change to the franchise since the introduction of the Skill Stick in NHL® 07. Headlined by all – new True Performance Skating, and supported by an innovative new A.I. system dubbed EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q., NHL® 13 will deliver a revamped gameplay experience that accurately captures the speed, creativity and strategy of NHL hockey.
‘Every Stride Matters’, the latest trailer for NHL® 13 can be viewed here.
In addition, NHL® 13 will also deliver new experiences that connect hockey fans to their friends and the real world of hockey with the all-new GM Connected and NHL Moments Live modes. NHL® 13 will be available on September 11, 2012 in North America and September 14, 2012 in Europe.