Monday, May 30, 2011

Potential NHL 12 Covers

With media releases of NHL 12 detailing new additions and features to the game every week now, there is beginning to be a lot of hype surrounding the game. With the Winter Classic a playable option now, and goalies free range (again) for players to hit, there will no doubt be a great deal of pre-orders for this game set for release in mid-September. One question remains though: who will be on the cover of the NHL 12 Switzerland edition? It can't be Mark Streit again, he didn't play... El Nino? Jonas Hiller?

Alright, on a serious note, there's always lots of talk about who will be on the North American edition and that announcement in soon to come with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) coming up shortly. Fans are already weighing in for Steven Stamkos, Tim Thomas, Ryan Miller, Henrik Sedin, and Shea Weber to grace the cover, but really it's a crapshoot (Sidney Crosby is yet to be on the cover, but Dion Phaneuf and Patrick Kane have).

In the early days of the NHL franchise, the cover was an action photo with usually two or three players on the cover, but EA has stepped away from that and have only used one player on the cover annually since NHL 97... until recently. Sweden's NHL 11 cover last year featured both Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and we have to admit - it looked really good. With this being said, we feel like EA Sports is ready to bring back featuring multiple players on the cover. We also feel like they are ready to branch out to include coaches on the cover, and players not necessarily on the ice. Here are a few potential NHL 12 cover ideas from some of the major news stories of the past season:

This hit made national headlines and brought some serious heat onto the game of hockey. EA Sports could launch this violent cover with its EA Sports MMA game.
Everyone remembers Bruce Boudreau from the HBO 24/7 series. For us, his interview with sauce on his face is a classic from the past season and leaves us wondering what kind of sauce it is. Pasta sauce? Wing sauce? If EA goes with this they also need to rename the game NHL "F*cking" 12.
We feel like this could be a serious candidate. Andrew Ladd, captain of the Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets in an actual skating pose that the NHL series likes to use.
The popularity of the All Star Weekend greatly increased with Brendan Shanahan's Fantasy Draft. There was plenty of talk about who would be picked last, and EA could celebrate this momentous occasion.
And since EA has never used Sidney Crosby on their cover, they could use probably his most popular pose from this season and honour their addition of having the Winter Classic at Heinz Field in the NHL 12.

What do you think would make a good cover for the game?



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41 comments:

  1. that Ladd one could work!

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  2. Love the Phil Kessel cover. I almost forgot about that pic.

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  3. Ladd one is good but he needs a jetpack!

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  4. Would have loved to seen James Reimer on the cover with God looking down at him.

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  5. That has to be chicken wing sauce on Bruce Boudreau

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  6. Dude, great idea, great article. But I would have really love to see Brent Johnson's one-punch K.O. of Rick DiPietro on the box cover.

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  7. Great post. I can't wait for NHL 12 to come out.
    I also liked Nintendo Ice Hockey Video Game Review. Use to play that with my brother growing up.

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  8. That Phil Kessel pic still makes me laugh.
    I like Sal's idea. Gotta love goalie violence.

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  9. I didn't know they had different covers all over the world.

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  10. Poor Phil Kessel..lol

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  11. Is Crosby on the ground amusing to you people?

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  12. Please don't put the Sedin sisters on any covers. Sweden already had to suffer.

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  13. Stamkos! Really? Should've been Thomas considering he won the cup, broke records, and NHL fixed things for goaies this year.

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  14. Boudreau's a fat ass slob. I'm a Pens fan, no wonder I hate him. I strongly dislike the Crosby one. Anyone who thinks he isn't the very best hockey player should just jump off a bridge and die!

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  15. Yeah. He far surpasses "The Great One". Lace up today, Gretz, and see if you are as good as you think you are with the outfits the goalies wear these days.

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  16. If Gretzky played today, he'd been ranked in the same group as Jeremy Roenick. A descent hockey player, but in the end loses because he doesn't have Cups.

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  17. You all must be high or drunk. Crosby's a bitch! Boudreau's a good coach, Gretzky is GREAT! and don't talk about JR.

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  18. Gretzky was a has-been. If he played today, he would be a total FAIL!

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  19. You know who's a FAIL!?!? U above me who posted that comment.

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  20. I was hoping for Chara to knock that Canadien BITCH's head off. I hate the Canadiens and their organization. If only it were P.K. Subban tho. He's the dirty bitch on their team. No good ass face. Serves the Canadiens right for whining about Chara. He's a Cup Champ isn't he? Burrows too. If I had a question for him, it would be: How do Patrice Bergeron's finger taste? I also ask Scott Hartnell how Kris Letang's finger tasted.

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  21. Yeah, the NHL should do something about biting.

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  22. I agree with the guy whos the penguins fan. Budreau is a fat ass, and he never gets the Caps anywhere (and I'm a Caps fan).

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  23. Caps suck, bro! So does your beloved "Ovie". Who'd he ever beat? What he ever do? No Cups for Caps! As for Sid, he's got one. BTW, I'm a Wings fan.

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  24. Ha! Ha! Like the Ladd one.

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  25. Brent Johnson absolutely dropped Diaper-etro. Good idea.

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  26. Isles and Canucks are scum. Who agrees. Good song for Burrows for the Mr. above me is: Bite The Bullet, by Bullet.

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  27. Chara one id funny. Good NHL Awards show today.

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  28. Henrik Zetterberg cover please.

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  29. WOOOOOOOOOO! There should be one of Burrows biting Bergy up there. That would make a good one. Kudos to the guy up there who mentioned that.

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  30. I'm here cuz I think of the Awards show as the last breath of hockey for the year, sure, the draft is cool, but it doesn't have games and our favorite players. So whos here because of the NHL Awards show tonight, or last night, I guess is what you could say?

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  31. I am too. :0. Pretty weird.

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  32. I'm here because I searched "NHL 12 cover" and I saw the pictures as links, so I went to them and BAM, here I am leaving comments to you guys. It is weird that were all here cuz of the Awards and their reveal.

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  33. After seeing Skinner give his acceptance speech, and Vingeault laughing, I came to conclusion that: Vineauglt want him! (Skinner).

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  34. Well, goodnight guys.

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  35. Stamkos. The cover boy? Whats wrong with Crosby, Thomas, Broduer, Backstrom, Backstrom (Wild), or Mason. hey're are other good players out there.

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  36. That Phil Kessel one is funny. He looked like the nerd that nobody wanted on their team.

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  37. Kessel is a good player.

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  38. how about jagr in a pens uniform?

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  39. Ironically, Kessel could be first to be picked ths year, and Ovechkin piacked last. Karma

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