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EA Sports NHL Video Game - The Curse Of The Cover

Updated on May 9, 2012

For the first time in history, hockey fans will be given a chance to vote for who will appear on the cover of EA Sports NHL 13. The spot is normally reserved for the games biggest stars, however rumors of a curse may have made some players reluctant to accept the honor in past seasons. In recent years the talk of a curse has subsided, as players like Ovechkin and Stamkos have had career years since appearing on the cover.

So who will the fans vote for? Well the first player that comes to mind might be Sidney Crosby, despite being injured the past few seasons, he is still the best player in the game today. Although if there is anything to the talk of a curse, Crosby would be the worst possible choice for the cover. Evgeni Malkin has been dominant this season, and he will certainly receive plenty of votes. Prior to this season there would be a lot of talk of Alex Ovechkin, but his play this season doesn't seem to warrant a spot on the cover. Vancouver's Sedin twins have been impressive in recent seasons, but much like Ovechkin, their play this season has dropped off.

Stamkos has already appeared on a cover, otherwise he would make an excellent choice. Claude Giroux, Erik Karlsonn and Brian Elliot are also names that come to mind. You can choose whoever you like, just go the EA Sports website, and cast your vote >Click Here

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EA Sports Curse

It all started back in 2000, when Barry Saunders appeared on the cover of the world's best selling sports video game, John Madden Football. Prior to the 1999-2000 NFL season, the game's cover had always shown the face of former coach and television analyst John Madden, who the original game was named after. For the first time ever, an NFL player was shown on the cover of the popular video game, and here is where the curse began. As you might already know, Barry Saunders abruptly retired from football, and never even played a game in the 1999-2000 season, or ever again. In the years to come, each and every player than appeared on the game's cover would seem to suffer freak injuries, or other tragedies, leading to speculation that appearing on the Madden cover would result in being cursed.

The "Madden Curse", is more talked about, however there is also a long list of hockey players who appeared on the cover of the NHL game that suffered bizarre tragedies and surprisingly ineffective seasons following the release of the game. Below is a list of players that have appeared on the NHL game cover, and how they preformed in the season immediately afterwards.

1999 - Eric Lindros:
During the mid 1990s, Eric Lindros was the most dominant player in the game, a member of the feared "legion of doom" line. Lindros managed an impressive 93 points in the 1998-1999 season, but then his season was cut short due to injury. He would never again play at the same level as he did prior to appearing on the NHL 99 cover, he bounced around the league playing for various teams, without really making much of an impact.

2000 - Chris Pronger
: In the season after appearing on the cover, Pronger played well and set a career high in goals scored, however he did miss the entire 2002-2003 season with an injury that threatened to end his career.

2001 - Owen Nolan
: Nolan had a breakout season in 2000 with 84 points, but after appearing on the cover of NHL 2001, his point total dropped by almost half in the next season.

2002 - Mario Lemieux: The "Magnificent One" staged an amazing comeback before appearing on the 2002 cover, but in the 2001-2002 season, Lemieux would only play 24 games and the Penguins missed the playoffs.

2003 - Jarome Iginla
: Iggy lead the league in scoring in the season prior to his cover appearance, then followed that up with one of the worst seasons of his career, scoring only 67 points and falling out of the top 30 in league scoring.

2004 - Danny Heatley: Heatley wasn't the first choice to appear on the NHL 04 cover, Joe Thornton was facing assualt charges, therefore it seemed inappropriate for Joe to appear on the cover. EA selected Heatley as their second choice, then just four days after the official release date, Heatley was involved in an accident, his Ferrari slammed into a wall at around 80 mph, ejecting him and teammate Dan Snyder from the vehicle. Heatley suffered a broken jaw, a minor concussion, a bruised lung and kidney, and tore three ligaments in his right knee. Snyder was fatally injured with due to fractured skull, fell into a coma, and died just six days later. EA attempted to change the cover to Joe Sakic following the accident, although many copies had already been shipped and sold.

2005 - Markus Naslund
: Naslund was dominant in the 3 seasons prior to appearing on the cover of NHL 05, however since his cover appearance he failed to put up the same kind of numbers. During the final years of his career, he was never an impact player.

2006 - Vincent Lecavalier
: Lecavalier played well after appearing on the cover, and showed no signs of being cursed.

2007 - Alexander Ovechkin
: It appeared that the curse was over when Ovechkin displayed absolute dominance after appearing on the NHL 07 cover.

2008 - Eric Stall
: Nothing wrong with Eric Stall's performance in the 2007-2008 season.

2009 - Dion Phaneuf:
The curse resumes when Dion Phaneuf appears on the NHL 09 cover. Since leaving the flames, Phaneuf has been mediocre at best, and in a recent poll amongst NHL players, he was voted the most overrated player in the NHL.

2010 - Patrick Kane
: Patrick Kane was arrested for punching a cab driver just weeks after appearing on the NHL 10 cover.

2011 - Jonathan Toews: A gold medal at the Olympics and a Stanley Cup, safe to say that Jonathan Toews wasn't feeling cursed.

2012 - Steven Stamkos:
Well, this curse thing is losing a lot of steam, Steven Stamkos shows no signs of any curse, he continues to put up big numbers every year.


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