EA’s annual tradition is upon us as the video game publisher has announced their next cover athlete for the NHL series.
Since 1994, EA has already featured at least one player on the cover of their yearly hockey entry. Starting in 1997 with John Vanbiesbrouck, EA went to a single player on the cover, and this year is no different.
Today, EA announced that Nashville Predator’s defenseman PK Subban will don the cover of their newest entry, NHL 19.
“Growing up, and still to this day, my friends and I love seeing who is on the cover and ultimately getting to play the game,” he said. “Being the cover athlete for NHL 19, for me, represents growth within our sport, embracing different personalities, and showing that anything is possible. I’m honored to be able to sport the Smashville colors on this year’s cover.”
Subban sits in a rare group of defensemen who have been chosen as the featured athlete for EA’s award-winning series. With Subban’s appearance in NHL 19, EA has now featured four defensemen on the cover. The previous three were Scott Stevens (NHL ’96, shared with Detroit’s Steve Yzerman), Chris Pronger (NHL 2000) and Dion Phaneuf (NHL 2009).
NHL 19 launches on September 14 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Those who preorder the Legends or Ultimate Editions of the game will gain access starting September 11.
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