From now until June, fans can log onto NHL.com/covervote and log their pick for the cover athlete for the 2013 edition of EA's NHL franchise.
Sponsored by Blackberry and hosted by the NHL itself, the vote consists of a pair of preliminary rounds (that'll pit teammates against one another) followed by a 16 player bracket. All that'll whittle a full field of 60 players down to a sole man who'll get the nod as the cover boy.
The whole sordid affair will look a little something like this:
- March 29 – April 11: Round of 60: one representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance*
- April 12 – April 22: 32-Player Leaderboard: fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance
- April 24 – June 4: Round of 16: single-elimination playoff bracket decides NHL 13 cover athlete