The winner of the first-ever EA SPORTS NHL Cover Vote campaign, sponsored by BlackBerry, is Philadelphia Flyers forward and NHL superstar Claude Giroux! Players from around the country got the chance to decide who would grace this year's most popular hockey game, and this hard hitting French-Canadian took home the prize. Congratulations to Giroux who is now part of the EA Sports family and will be the face of NHL 13. Do you agree with the outcome of this election?
- All-New GM Connected – The franchise's most popular mode connects you and friends with the real world of hockey, allowing you to manage, play, or coach in a 30-team, human-controlled league. You can also take your GM Connected experience with you using the mobile companion app, ensuring that you'll never miss a single moment.
- All-New True Performance Skating – Driven by real-world physics and more than 1,000 new gameplay animations, True Performance Skating authentically replicates the explosiveness, momentum, and top-end speed of today's NHL players. With a new layer of creativity added in-game, combined with control offered by the Skill Stick, you now have the entire toolset of an NHL player at your fingertips.
- EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. – With a completely overhauled A.I. system players are now fully aware of others on the ice, resulting in quicker, smarter, and more true-to-life decision-making. EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. also delivers the deepest and most customizable set of real-world hockey systems and strategies ever.
- NHL Moments Live – Rewrite or relive history as you replay some of the most thrilling moments from today's NHL. From Gagner's historic eight-point night and Crosby's epic return to the ice to new moments that are added throughout the season, you'll always be challenged to see if you have what it takes to play like a star.