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Giroux Faces Malkin, Tavares Meets Rinne in EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Semifinals

Sponsored By BlackBerry And Hosted On NHL.com, More Than 19.5 Million Fan Votes Cast To Date in the First Ever EA SPORTS NHL Cover Athlete Campaign

GUILDFORD, UK - May 24, 2012– EA SPORTS™ and NHL.com announced today that the semifinals matchups for the EA SPORTS NHL ?13 Cover Vote, sponsored by BlackBerry ?, will be Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux versus Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.?Fans have cast more than 19.5 million votes to date.

Beginning today at http://www.nhl.com/covervote, fans can vote an unlimited number of times for their favorite player to advance to the finals. The winner of the cover vote campaign will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL ? 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas (7pm ET on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. and CBC in Canada).

NHL ? 13 Cover Vote Semifinals Breakdown
Bracket A Bracket B
Claude Giroux vs. Evgeni Malkin John Tavares vs. Pekka Rinne

NHL 13 Cover Athlete Voting Schedule:

????????? May 24– May 28: Semifinals

????????? May 29– June 4: Finals

The NHL 13 Cover Vote campaign, gives fans the opportunity to select the face of the EA SPORTS NHL ? franchise. Fans can create awareness for the campaign and their favorite player by using #NHL13Cover on Twitter.?

The first ever cover vote campaign for the EA SPORTS NHL ? franchise has been embraced by NHL fans, teams and players who have utilized social media platforms to campaign. Recent outstanding examples of team and player engagement include:

????????? Madden NFL 13 Cover Athlete Calvin Johnson Jr. supports Datsyuk

????????? New York Islanders’ #JT91 Cover Vote Campaign enlists NHL players for support

????????? I Voted for Geno: Pittsburgh Penguins coaches


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