EA Sports has announced that Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid will grace the cover of the upcoming NHL 18.

McDavid becomes the first player in Oilers history to be the featured athlete in the series. Wayne Gretzky was the cover star of EA Sports’ NHL Slapshot game for the Wii.

“Representing NHL 18 as the cover athlete is an incredible honor,” said McDavid via release. “I’ve played EA SPORTS NHL every year since I was kid. To appear on the cover, something that has been done previously by so many players that I respect and admire, is very exciting.”

You can check out the cover for yourself below.

NHL 18

In addition to the game’s cover, EA Sports released the first gameplay trailer for NHL 18 as well as the full feature set.

NHL 18 launches on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who preorder the game’s deluxe edition will gain access to the game three days earlier on September 12.


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