EA SPORTS has kicked off the NHL 14 cover vote contest by matching up teammates in each conference. While we had speculated that the NHL 14 cover vote would have a legends category EA decided against rolling out the same voting they used in Madden.

“Twitter Vote Thursdays”

This year fans can double their voting power by using these player specific hash tags on “Twitter Vote Thursdays.” Each player specific hashtag used on Twitter on Thursdays will be counted as two official votes. Fans can join the conversation about the cover vote every day by using #NHL14CoverVote on Twitter and Instagram.

A few key match-ups:

  • Jordan Staal vs Eric Staal in Carolina’s match-up
  • Ryan Miller against Vanek in Buffalo. Miller could win the cover, but be playing in a new city next year.
  • No Hartnell in Philly’s bracket.
  • Brodeur could retire and still win.
  • Six goalies are nominated.

NHL 14 Cover Vote Schedule:

  • Round of 60 – April 22-28: Teammate vs. teammate. One representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance. **
  • 32-Player Leaderboard – April 29-May 5: Fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance.
  • 16-player Bracket – May 6 – May 26: Weekly round-by-round, single-elimination playoff bracket decides finalists.
  • The Finals – May 27- June 2: Winner takes the NHL 14 Cover.

Be sure to vote at CoverVote.NHL.com

NHL 14 Cover Athlete Candidates

Eastern Conference
Bruins
Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara
Lightning
Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman
Canadiens
PK Subban, David Desharnais
Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk
Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson
Panthers
Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell
Devils
Martin Brodeur, Adam Henrique
Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang
Flyers
Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek
Rangers
Carl Hagelin, Ryan Callahan
Hurricanes
Eric Staal, Jordan Staal
Sabres
Ryan Miller, Tomas Vanek
Islanders
John Tavares, Michael Grabner
Senators
Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek
Jets
Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd

Western Conference
Avalanche
Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog
Kings
Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown
Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith
Oilers
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall
Blue Jackets
Brandon Dubinsky, Sergei Bobrovsky
Predators
Brandon Yip, Mike Fisher
Blues
Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron
Red Wings
Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk
Canucks
Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows
Sharks
Joe Thornton, Logan Couture
Coyotes
Keith Yandle, Shane Doan
Stars
Kari Lehtonen, Jamie Benn
Ducks
Andrew Cogliano, Matt Beleskey
Wild
Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom
Flames
Dennis Wideman, Lee Stempniak

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