EA Sports' NHL series will see a goalie on the box for the first time since NHL 97, as Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils won the annual cover vote to become the cover athlete for NHL 14. Brodeur beat out runner-up Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets goalie. Brobrovsky won this year's Vezina Trophy, which is given to the goaltender that is considered the best in the league.
The cover vote tallied over 22 million votes, though EA has not revealed how the votes break down. NHL 14 is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 in North America on September 10, and will launch worldwide on September 13.
Fans Cast More Than 22 Million Votes on NHL.com In The Second Annual EA
SPORTS NHL Cover Vote Campaign
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., - June 28, 2013 - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA®) announced today that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has been selected by fans as the EA SPORTS NHL®14 cover athlete. Brodeur defeated Columbus Blue Jackets goalie and Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky to claim the cover. The NHL 14 cover will be the first to feature a goalie since John Vanbiesbrouck appeared on the cover of NHL '97. NHL 14 will be available on September 10, 2013 in North America and by September 13, 2013 worldwide.
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"The support I've received throughout the cover vote campaign has been incredible," said Brodeur. "My kids pushed me to participate in the campaign, and they are really excited to see their dad on the cover of the game they play all the time. I want to thank all the NHL fans who campaigned and voted for me."
"We would like to congratulate Martin Brodeur on being selected by the fans as the EA SPORTS NHL 14 cover athlete," said Adam Larry, NHLPA Director of Licensing and Associate Counsel. "This year's cover vote built off the momentum generated last year, successfully engaging hockey fans with the 60 NHL players who participated in the NHL 14 campaign."
"We would like to congratulate Marty for this exceptional recognition of his accomplished career and salute our fans' appreciation for his incredible achievements both on and off the ice as they campaigned rigorously and voted him as the NHL 14 cover athlete," said Dave McCarthy, NHL Vice President of Consumer Products Marketing. "Throughout the cover vote campaign, our teams and fans exhibited creative and relentless support for their favorite players and their passion and dedication to hockey is the best in all of professional sports."
Hosted on NHL.com for the second straight year, the EA NHL 14 campaign gave fans the opportunity to select the face of the EA SPORTS NHL® 14 cover. Fans cast more than 22 million votes in the second annual cover athlete campaign.