EA Sports has begun the process of determining who will be its cover boy for the next edition of its NHL video game -- and in Boston, that process begins with a battle:
Zdeno Chara vs. Tyler Seguin.
Eventually the contest will whittle it down to just one player league-wide who'll be the face of NHL 14, though EA has opted to begin the contest by pitting teammates against each other to see who advances with the right to represent the franchise among the broader competition. In these parts that pits the stoic captain against the speedy young stud in a competition that will be decided according to the votes made at NHL.com/covervote between now and April 28.
With the playoffs looming, Bruins fans can only hope the intense rivalry sure to develop between teammates doesn't lead to a division that ends the way it did for Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, and The Rockers.
When the dust does settle from the duel between Chara and Seguin, the victor will join a representative from each of the other 29 organizations, plus two wild cards, in the round of 32. The 16 most popular players in a weeklong vote will then be placed into a bracket, which will be reduced via single-elimination playoff until just two candidates remain. Then the fans will decide who graces the front of their game, this time between May 27-June 2.
Also note that fans can vote through Twitter on Thursdays, and their votes will count twice if they use a specific hashtag. For Chara, that'd be #NHL14Chara; for Seguin, not shockingly, that'd be #NHL14Seguin. (Advantage to Seguin there, since his nearly 250,000-follower lead over Chara -- 248,633-0 -- would suggest a stronghold on that demographic.)
Other locally tied candidates worth pointing out include Dennis Wideman, the maligned ex-Bruin who joins Dartmouth College-product Lee Stempniak as the faces of the post-Jarome Iginla Flames; Keith Yandle of Milton and Cushing Academy trying to represent the Coyotes; Boston University product Brandon Yip competing with Mike Fisher (Mr. Carrie Underwood) for the Predators' nod; Teddy Purcell (Lightning) and Jimmy Howard (Red Wings) repping the University of Maine; and ex-University of New Hampshire Wildcat James van Riemsdyk (and not Phil Kessel) among the Maple Leafs' choices.
Click here to see the whole list for the contest that last year drew more than 25 million votes.
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