Mar 29; Newark, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates with the puck during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Lightning 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

NHL 13 Cover Athlete Fan Vote: Hedman vs. Stamkos

Recently announced, the NHL and EA Sports is following suit behind the Maddon Line of Games, and are having the fans vote for who will be on the cover for NHL 13.  The first round of voting starts off with two skaters from each team, and for the Lightning, the choice is between Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos.  Last year, Stamkos was named the cover athlete for EA Sports NHL 12, joining Lightning Captain, Vincent Lecavalier (NHL 06) as the only Lightning skaters to be selected for the cover.

Prior to Stamkos being named to the NHL 12 Cover, the Chicago Blackhawks snagged the previous two covers with Patrick Kane (NHL 10) and Jonathan Toews (NHL 11), marking the first time players from the same team went back to back.  Thanks to the voting system this year (and Stamkos’ 55 goals), the Lightning could be in the same situation, or set a new precedent with Stamkos possibly repeating as the cover athlete.

Since the announcement by EA and the NHL, numerous players have turned to Twitter to start campaigning for your votes, here are a few of my favorites:

(Victor Hedman, D TBL) @heds77: I know i don’t have a chance on making the #NHL13cover. But you can always dream big ,right? haha .. #BeBold

(Scott Hartnell, F PHI) @Hartsy19: It would be first of its kind to have someone laying on the ice for #NHL13Cover #hartnelldown #firstgingytoo

(Gabriel Landeskog, F COL) @GabeLandeskog92: Let’s be realistic,I’m prob not gonna be on the NHL13 cover but I’d love to have the bragging rights over @Matt9Duchene. #NHL13COVER #BeBold

(Evander Kane, F WPG) @EKane9Jets: Hey everyone as @aladd16 said vote for the right Jet to be on the #NHL13Cover so #BeBold #number9 Thanks for all the support.

(Brandon Prust, F NYR) @BrandonPrust8: I’ll vote 4 whoever has me over for dinner tonite @BRichards_1991 @HLundqvist30 Go to n vote for me! #NHL13COVER

(Brad Richards, F NYR) @BRichards_1991: @BrandonPrust8 you eat at my place every second day. That not worth anything?

(Henrik Lundqvist, G NYR) @HLundqvist30: @BrandonPrust8 not sure I can compete against @BRichards_1991 home cooking.. But I’ll let you ride the lambo for a week..#NHL13COVER #BeBold

(Paul Bissonette, F PHX) @BizNasty2point0: Dear @EASPORTS, upset you have discriminated against the 4th line players by not giving fans a chance to vote them on the #NHL13Cover.

Photo Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Either way you vote, Hedman or Stamkos, let us bring the thunder to EA and be relentless in our voting.  The world needs to see more of our Tampa Bay Lightning!

So who will it be Lightning Nation?  Heds or Stammer?  Click HERE to vote!

– Jim Courteau

Follow me on Twitter @BlackSheepJim

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