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NHL 14 cover voting begins. If you can't pronounce it, you can't vote for it.

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EA has revealed its list of potential NHL 14 cover athletes and just as I expected, I can't pronounce any of them. Regardless, it's that time of year again when real hockey fans gather together to shape the face of the world's hockey game franchise. Whose toothless mug do you want to see on the cover of NHL 13? Below are all of the eligible athletes.

Bruins

 

Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara

 

Lightning

 

Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman

Canadiens

 

P.K. Subban, David Desharnais

 

Maple Leafs

 

Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk

Capitals

 

Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson

 

Panthers

 

Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell

Devils

 

Martin Brodeur, Adam Henrique

 

Penguins

 

Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang

Flyers

 

Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek

 

Rangers

 

Carl Hagelin, Ryan Callahan

Hurricanes

 

Eric Staal, Jordan Staal

 

Sabres

 

Ryan Miller, Tomas Vanek

Islanders

 

John Tavares, Michael Grabner

 

Senators

 

Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek

Jets

 

Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd

   

Western Conference

Avalanche

 

Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog

 

Kings

 

Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown

Blackhawks

 

Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith

 

Oilers

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall

Blue Jackets

 

Brandon Dubinsky, Sergei Bobrovsky

 

Predators

 

Brandon Yip, Mike Fisher

Blues

 

Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron

 

Red Wings

 

Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk

Canucks

 

Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows

 

Sharks

 

Joe Thornton, Logan Couture

Coyotes

 

Keith Yandle, Shane Doan

 

Stars

 

Kari Lehtonen, Jamie Benn

Ducks

 

Andrew Cogliano, Matt Beleskey

 

Wild

 

Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom

Flames

 

Dennis Wideman, Lee Stempniak

   

Now before you go casting your vote, let me first explain the rules. My personal rule: if you can't pronounce the name, you can't vote for the player. As for EA's rules, voting consists of two preliminary rounds, followed by a 16-player bracket. The winner will be revealed as the NHL 14 cover athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The first round, which begins today, features teammate vs. teammate. Just so you know how important your vote is, EA's NHL franchise general manager Dean Richards said, "Players who have graced the EA Sports NHL cover in the past have historically had banner years ni teh season that followed. Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup winning goal in 2010, Steven Stamkos notched a league-leading 60 goals in 2012 and Claude Giroux becoming the Captain of the Philadelphia Flyers this season."

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