NHL ’11 Cover Announced
July 21, 2010
Now as I’m sure all you lads know, Electronic Art’s latest installment in it’s award winning NHL series has been announced, and so has it’s cover athlete. Last year it was Patrick Kane, this year it’s Jonathan Toews, which comes as a small shock to us here at TSH. While Toews is most certainly deserving of the honor, the talent pool for this years cover was wide and deep. Take a look below to see who we think would of been good candidates, alongside a comparison with EA’s choice, as well as who might have been given the cover before NHL ’10 even came out. Get ready to shelf some tenders and school some dusters when the game hits stores September 7th boys!
Jonathan Toews, the 22 year old Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks captured the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP, and more importantly a Stanley Cup this year after only his third season in the league. These three facts alone could have led to him being ultimately chosen for this years cover. In the regular season he posted a decent 25 goals and 43 assists, but it was his playoff performance that pushed him over the edge. With 7 goals (3 game winners) and 22 assists in the playoffs Toews was second in post season points.
Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks is an established name in the NHL. At 29 years of age he has always been a playmaker. Putting up large numbers every year in the assist column, often known to setup his twin brother Daniel. This year however, Henrik flexed his scoring might as well, scoring 29 goals and tallying for 83 assists. Combined they were enough to win him the Art Ross Trophy for points leader in the regular season, as well as the Hart Memorial Trophy for MVP of the regular season. While Sedin didn’t earn the international cover this year, Henrik and Daniel are prominently featured on the Swedish cover of NHL ’11, seen on the left.
Why not a goalie? Ryan Miller showed he was a premier goaltender this year with an impressive Olympic performance, as well as a phenomenal season with 41 wins 5 shutouts and a save percentage of .929. He was named this years top goalie and received the Vezina Trophy for such, and was also named the NHL Foundation player of the year, which is awarded every year for the player who applies the core values of hockey to enrich the lives of people in his community. Since EA started awarding individual players covers there has only been one goalie to grace an NHL branded game and that was with NHL ’97 featuring John Vanbiesbrook. So why not a goalie, a goalie that has talent on the ice and is a role model off the ice?
Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning in his second year in the NHL, scored 51 goals to tie for the Maurice Richard Trophy for the leagues leading scorer. 51 is an impressive number for anyone, a number that should skyrocket the young 20 year old into the ranks of young superstars like Ovechkin, Crosby and Kane. Then as always we have Sidney Crosby lurking in the background. Crosby captured the scoring title this year along with Stamkos (51 goals) and was thought to be the guy to take this years cover before last years NHL ’10 even debuted. NHL ’11 marks the 20th year of the series and it was thought that they would obviously choose one of the superstars, Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. However Ovechkin already got his face on the box back in ’07, so Crosby looked to be standing alone. But it looks like Crosby’s getting dusty on EA’s pine again, maybe next year buddy.