Just four days after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup concluding the 2013 NHL season, work has already begun on getting ready for the 2013-2014 season. While the NHL Entry Draft will be conducted on Sunday, EA Sports is conducting some hockey business of their own.
Earlier today, EA Sports announced that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur won the fan-voted contest to be the NHL 14 cover athlete. He beat out Sergei BOBROVSKY ! with over 22 million votes to become the first goaltender to grace the game’s cover since 1997.
Martin Brodeur might also be one of the oldest active athletes to grace a sports video game cover. At 41 years old, the NHL 14 cover athlete has quite the accomplished career. He has the NHL record for career wins (669), wins in a season (48), most shutouts (120), most game appearances (1,191) and career minutes (70,028).
This isn’t the first time that a cover athlete has been voted on. NHL 14’s predecessor, NHL 13, featured the series’ inaugural public poll in a search for its first fan-voted NHL cover. The honors went to Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, the first Flyers cover athlete since Eric Lindros on NHL 99.
NHL 14 will be on sale for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 10, 2013. You can view the announcement trailer below.