Alex Ovechkin scores NHL 2K10 cover

Washington Capitals superstar laces up for 2K Sports' latest hockey game on PS3, 360, Wii, and PS2.

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While scoring sensation Alexander Ovechkin has spent his entire NHL career with the Washington Capitals, hockey's human highlight reel has switched teams in a different way. 2K Sports today confirmed that it has secured Ovechkin--cover athlete of Electronic Arts' NHL 07--to front its own pucks sim, the upcoming NHL 2K10.

Ovechkin's goal celebrations are a mix of joy, anger, and perhaps a hint of terror.

Ovechkin will start promoting the game as early as next week, when he will do a public motion-capture session at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The star will be skating on a temporary outdoor rink from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. PDT with the help of motion-capture technology that 2K Sports touts as brand new and never before used.

2K Sports says the motion-capture session will be used to capture Ovechkin's "signature style" for the game. That will be no easy task, as the four-year NHL career of "Alexander the Great" has been marked by one-of-a-kind goal after one-of-a-kind goal.

NHL2K10 is expected to hit the ice this September for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 2.

Discussion

93 comments
ssn560
ssn560

As for this game, not sure. Hopefully, they put some effort into it. Last year was just awful, 09 was the only EA game that was actually better. It's a neat cover, but 2K needs to step it up.

ssn560
ssn560

eggmcmuff, Detroit got TEN MORE POWERPLAYS than the Pens. So how exactly does your conspiracy theory fit into this? We worked from a 2-0 deficit and battled back to win the cup. We deserve it. Yes, coming from a Pens fan it's obvious, but it's ridiculous to claim the team was "handed" the cup. They worked their asses off to get where they are. It's good for the NHL, anyway.

ReBornClassic
ReBornClassic

I believe that 'NHL 2K8' had the best goalie engine/system ever. I had so much fun playing 2K8 basing my gamestyleas close to NHL realizum. Barely had any repeat goals except for break-a-way goals. The front hand to back hand goal was just to simple to get a gino for your team. Thats why I also loved how they had the trick engine; which containedabout 20 different realistic dekes created for break-a-ways. Anywho Marty Turco did a fantasic Job along with the producers of 2K8 to earn my vote for the best goalie system in game history. And hopefully they can add his work back into 2K10 to make this game 10x the fun.

Astraos
Astraos

That makes absolutely no sense. So my opinion is ignorant? Is that even possible? Hockey is not at the bottom of "everyone's list" Me and two of my buddies specifically watch hockey and college basketball exclusively. And I live in Pittsburgh so its not like I don't have a good football team to watch. I choose not to, because its too slow paced for me. Again thats my opinion. You disagreeing with it does not make it any less valid.

whataguy69
whataguy69

nope hockey is not the best sport. hockey is at the bottom of everyone's list for most watched sport. i like how people state that it's their opinion when the point of this is about opinions. you would be ignorant to say it's the best sport. but hey thats my opinion.

alphamale_84
alphamale_84

Sorry 2K, but even the greatest player in the NHL gracing your cover ain't gonna change the fact that EA has had, and will continue to have your number in the worst way for years to come. The proverbial nail in the coffin just keeps getting deeper and deeper each year.

Astraos
Astraos

Hockey is actually the best sport out there. Thats my opinion though. I wouldn't be ignorant enough to post my opinion as fact.

whataguy69
whataguy69

why is this even posted? nobody cares about hockey. hockey sucks

mc_snap
mc_snap

Egg your right ... the Pens did nothing to win the cup. It was all the refs and bettman. If you going to post about a team you dont like your should state facts not your biased opinion.

zinoalex
zinoalex

I hear a lot of folks dissing the Pens.That's a shame as the Pens have been one of the 2 best teams in hockey the last two seasons.So have the Red Wings. I don't remember a lot of Pittsburgh fans moaning about losing the cup last year.The better team won last year.The better team won this year also.

Colin1192
Colin1192

the game will still be inferior compared to EA's

eggmcmuff
eggmcmuff

Now that Bettman has spent his [you know what] forcing his cash cows to a cup win, can we get some calls that'll get Ovie his? I don't expect 'burgh fans to admit it, but I'd accept "league's li'l darling" status for the Caps gladly & openly if it meant a championship.

Astraos
Astraos

Yes they should have. Crosby and Malkin are the faces of the NHL, whether you like it or not. No the Cup was not "rigged". Thats one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. Ovechkin is a great player, as are Crosby and Malkin. No one has to pick sides. And to who said Ovechkin plays for his team and Crosby doesn't, I dare you to look at their stats. Look at Sid's assists compared to goals. Then look at Ovechkin's. He's a goal scorer. Sid is a playmaker. Two different styles of hockey. Both good. Neither "better". Please have a clue before you speak next time.

Padrepride
Padrepride

They should have put Crosby AND Malkin on there.

kemar7856
kemar7856

well he is the best scorer in the league Washington would be crap without ovechkin

burback2
burback2

not to mention their atrocious baseball where your outfielders will end up with at least one error a game from missing a routine fly ball or I can hit a home run almost as I please even with the sliders customized. The only thing 2K sports has going for it these days is NBA.

burback2
burback2

2K needs a year off of hockey. I think they should actually try watching some hockey before putting out a hockey game. This series has gone south ever since Sega gave up its sports division. Its only going to get worse for them with all the momentum that EA has with NHL 2010 unless they can think of something new and exciting like EA and the skill stick. I will not call it NHL 10 sounds to wierd for me. That sounds like its the tenth NHL game out.

QVT
QVT

So 2Ks big feature this year will be...hotdog goal celebrations?

parhar67
parhar67

Who cares 2K hockey SUCKS EA is way better at hockey games just like 2K is better at basketball games.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Penguins won the cup fair and square guys, but that still does not mean I like it. I don't mind Malkin but I cannot stand Crosby, I think I could live with Kobe over Crosby, at least Kobe wins games for his teams, and when he gets the wind knocked out of him he doesn't sit out the rest of the game. Kobe just goes back out and drains a 25 footer in your face.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Great athlete, he should be the face of the NHL, not Sidney the whiner.

xophaser
xophaser

He has a missing tooth on the cover, or what seem to be. Put in Happy Feet of the Penguins or is that for the wii version.

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

Woah, I never though i would see the day! EA cover to 2K cover! It is weird, but congratz again Ovie!

ChampMLG
ChampMLG

To all you people that think you know hockey and think you know anything about the Penguins: Go play John Madden.

LostAdvenger
LostAdvenger

As much as I disapprove of Ovi, I'm glad that Malkin or Crosby didn't make the cover. Just something about being the face of virtual hockey doesn't seem appealing.

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

cool. ovechkin is dope nasty. cant stand crosby or malkin or the penguins to all those complaining

gut_eater
gut_eater

Hopefully 2k sports pull it's head out of it's a$$ and gets back into making a decent hockey simulation like it used to.

StephenBassford
StephenBassford

Well, that was one heck of a goal in the video... Dang...

N4villu5
N4villu5

At least its not Crosby or Malkin on the cover. Somehow the NHL rigged the finals because Crosby is the supposed "face" of the NHL, and sportscasters never shut up about him. Although conspiracy theorys are fun to think about, I still think the Wings should have won the cup. What did they do wrong? They took Abdelkader off the team to make room for Draper to come back... I mean seriously Abdelkader was hot, scoring goals, not to mention he was young, and fast. If the wings didnt mess with the lineup they had in Games 1 and 2, they most likely would have won the cup. Maybe Babcock will learn that experience doesnt win game 7's when all the old farts are tired. (Dont get me wrong, our older guys are still great players, they just cant keep up with the young guns) Oh well... Maybe next year.

zinoalex
zinoalex

With the youthfulness of the Pittsburgh Penguins team, it would have been nice to see either Crosby or Malkin on the cover.The cover is meant to excite the gamer into buying the game.the above two players would have.

shoeman12
shoeman12

There's a reason the Capitals got knocked out in the playoffs, Ovechkin plays greedy. It's a one man team.

hexkun
hexkun

Sorry he's not quite up to your standards nightshade_01, he's only won the Art Ross, the Lester B. Pearson, the Rocket Richard, the Calder, the Hart and including the additions of this year, another Rocket Richard, Lester B. Pearson, and maybe even Hart. And of course he's terrible if he only led his team and the league in playoff points up until that point. He should be more like Crosby and whine to the referees whenever somebody touches him or better yet, go off with an injury. That would make him a much better player. Did you catch the sarcasm or are you a little too thick? I'm not saying Fleury didn't stand on his head come playoffs or Malkin didn't put up points but Ovechkin is one of, if not the most dynamic and exciting players in hockey and that's why he's on the cover.

jwrebholz
jwrebholz

OVECHKIN?! You have to be kidding me. That loser not only A: didn't get the scoring title, he B: didn't get the Smythe trophy and C: didn't even make it past the second round of the playoffs! If anyone deserves to be on that cover it's Malkin or Crosby. Hell, I'd put Marc-Andre Fleury on that cover before that mutton-head.

spacer69
spacer69

Hopefully its the Capitals year 2010!

xxxMoreBeerxxx
xxxMoreBeerxxx

Release the hate. It won't stop the Pittsburgh Penguins from being 2009 Stanley Cup Champions or 2009 Stanley Cup Champion, Sidney Crosby, from being the best all around center in the league. You can talk all you want about Bettman fixing the SCF but how do you explain the Dead Wings 23 powerplays to 2009 Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins, 14 powerplays. Seems to me the fix was the other way around and the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins, shocked the world.

KingKevo71789
KingKevo71789

They may as well put Gary Bettman on the cover, given he's done more for the NHL than any player. By that, I mean screw it up in pretty much every way imaginable, from the crap TV deal to the post-lockout rules that make the NHL a sissy game to the shootout (I'm a purist that views it as a gimmick) to the new uniforms that now make my Avalanche ugly to look at aesthetically as well as performance-wise. I guess only the glamour teams like Detroit and Pittsburgh were allowed to keep old cool styles or get new cool ones. Ovi is the best pure goal scorer this game has seen since Gretzky, and even Malkin is starting to surpass Cindy Crosby, the so called savior. Everyone who's not in the tank for the Pens knows Bettman wanted him lifting that cup more than anything, kind of like how David Stern wanted a Cleveland-LA final in the NBA.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Did you see Bettman skating the Cup around while holding Crosby's hand? Bettman finally accomplished what he wanted... to bad nobody saw it. It's amazing how bad Bettman gets booed wherever he goes. Now that Cindy has the Cup can we take off the skirts and get back to how real hockey should be played! As far as NHL 2K's hockey goes... 2K blew it years ago and still hasn't done anything even close to interesting compared to NHL 09. But I am curious to see if 2K has learned anything and innovated anything... or if they are still reheating the same lame formula again.

LostAdvenger
LostAdvenger

Yeah, GB is a powerful man, but I don't think that he has control over Fleury's .960, or the two garbage goals that got past Osgood. And the only "bad" penalty call of the night was on Jordan Staal.

buzzguy
buzzguy

Dude, hockey is not "fixed". Back in the early 80's there was a seemingly unstoppable dynasty in the New York Islanders. Than a little team with some guy named "Gretzky", among others, usurped them. It happens all the time. Deal with it. Oh yeah, and I'm looking forward to what 2K can do this year.

Spanishflea12
Spanishflea12

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xxxMoreBeerxxx
xxxMoreBeerxxx

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup Champions!!! People like mbrown333 can eat crow. They just like ovenchicken cause they don't know any better.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I prefer to play real hockey.

LostAdvenger
LostAdvenger

eggmcmuff, I just noticed that you are a caps fan! Well, I see why you're being so sore about any criticism that your poor, precious team receives. I promise that I will only say nice things about them, like that time they made it to the SCF, and you guys almost won a game too! And how nice is it that Ovi and Chris Cooley send their jerseys to each other. That's cute.

nick0091
nick0091

86blackhorseman, the only reason he can get a lot of shots on goal, is because he has such a great shot. Also not all those shots are goals, but a lot great rebounds and scoring chances. He can let the shot fly, when most players wouldn't be able to get it off, this is just one of the reasons he is so effective.