NHL 08 gets Staal-ed

Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal skates away with cover athlete spot for Electronic Arts' next pucks game.

Carolina center Eric Staal

The Carolina Hurricanes are no longer the reigning Stanley Cup champions--the Anaheim Ducks snagged that title last week--but at least the team's star center Eric Staal has a new honor to help fill the Cup-shaped hole in his heart. Electronic Arts today named Staal the cover athlete of the upcoming hockey game NHL 08.

The 23-year-old Staal has played three seasons in the NHL, missing one game, scoring 86 goals and more than 200 points, and winning one Stanley Cup championship for the 2005-2006 season. He joins a number of Cup-winning cover boys for EA's hockey series, including Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Sakic, Mario Lemieux, and Peter Forsberg.

While Staal is the first of his family to grace a game's packaging, he might not be the last. Younger brother Jordan Staal just completed his first year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, led the league in shooting percentage (22.1 percent) and shorthanded goals (7), and is a finalist for the 2007 Calder Trophy, which goes to the most outstanding rookie. Then there's Eric's other younger brothers Marc and Jared, a pair of highly drafted prospects who have yet to make their NHL debuts.

Electronic Arts' NHL 08 is set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PC this fall.

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dmcneill777
dmcneill777

matnaami: How dare you insult a great hockey player! You shouldn't be judging Staal and Tie Domi by their looks!

dmcneill777
dmcneill777

I think E. Staal is cool, but they should have put an Anaheim Duck on the cover, since they finally won the Cup

seith999
seith999

Crosby played the last two weeks of the season on a broke foot and he won the art ross, deffinetly should have been Crosby

foever86
foever86

i dont care who makes it to the cover...as long as the game is actually good and enjoyable

Gretzky_99rockz
Gretzky_99rockz

Yeah! Go CANES! Eric Staal is a great player. Although there could have been somebody else i think he's a great pick.

Neo9898_98
Neo9898_98

Weird Choice... but whatever. Also, No Wii version? Thank god I bought a new graphics card back in November and will be able to play this on my PC.

matnaami
matnaami

that sucks.. he looks like an inside out baby... he's ugly as F*** you may as well put friggen Tie Domi on cover... they should have put Koivu since he did win the King Clancy Trophy which recognizes the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice... or how about a good player NOT STAAL... how about Giguere... they dont have players.... crosby is also the NHL's **** hes good but is a little Pu**Y

dashizy666
dashizy666

staal was 40th in scoring this is bull.

dashizy666
dashizy666

Crosby a wannabe? That's a load of bull. Hew only one the Pearson, hart, and the Art Ross trophies. Yeah he must suck. The cover should have went to Luongo. Staal have a good year last year when he won the Cup. He didn't make the playoffs this year.

slash_rotl
slash_rotl

i would have liked more if Crosby was on the cover, but Staal is a great player too.. Go Pens and Ducks!!!

shmenghy
shmenghy

ZuljinRaynor : "barbierian205 isn't Neidermayer the guy who took a cheap shot on that other guy and got suspended or something? hehe, that's a good choice. That was Rob Niedermayer, not Scott." it was Pronger, not either of the Niedermayers

Full-Throttle
Full-Throttle

I'm really not sure Stall should of gotten the nod. Maybe last year. Atleast it wasn't Crosby I guess.

someone068
someone068

there needs to be a wii hockey game. seriously think about it. it could be awesome.

WarGn0mE
WarGn0mE

i agree Unr3al39, kipper definitley deserves a spot on a coer of one of these games. he owns all

leafs_ducks
leafs_ducks

screw crobsy.. that guy is a jerk.. he sux.. hes a wanna be..

rupprupp29
rupprupp29

Staal is certainly a very good player, but Crosby would be a much better choice for something like this. He's the face of the NHL right now. Ask anybody to name one player in the NHL, and I don't think one person would say 'Eric Staal'. A good number would say Crosby.

zidanem9c
zidanem9c

Oy oy let's not bash on Brodeur now. He's a legend, and a legend he shall remain. And congrats to Staals' brothers on their great accomplishment. Maybe they will be amongst the legends someday.

bam_boozled_ber
bam_boozled_ber

eric staal is an elite young player you americans dont know hockey. he is a team player and tries his hardest every game. crosby is a weiner and doesnt deserve the cover.

rupprupp29
rupprupp29

"Crosby choked (in the playoffs) too." At least he was there. Eric Staal watched all of this year's playoffs, yet he still gets the cover...

ZuljinRaynor
ZuljinRaynor

Philadendron Brodeur choked in the playoffs...couldn't have been him. I was really thinking it was going to be Crosby. Crosby choked too. barbierian205 isn't Neidermayer the guy who took a cheap shot on that other guy and got suspended or something? hehe, that's a good choice. That was Rob Niedermayer, not Scott.

SolidKeevo
SolidKeevo

Horrible team, mediocre player. They didn't even make it to the playoffs this season, and his stats didn't even jump out anytime during last season. So may other people deserved this alot more. Roberto Luongo, Sidney Crosby, Martin Brodeur, and a handful of people from Buffalo. Eric Stall, in now way, deserves this cover. I think I'll make my own cover, print it off of the computer or something.

Pittfan666
Pittfan666

Jordan Staal had a better year than his older brother, and other players have had better seasons than these two, ridiculous.

NYR_Fan
NYR_Fan

I don't get why they would put a guy on the cover who had an off-season. Great player but he had a bad season and his team flopped after winning the Cup the previous year. Makes no sense. Crosby would be an obvious choice but what about Selanne or Scott Niedermayer? Tons of better choices than Staal. Or Emery like that guy said. He's got personality which the NHL desperately needs to sell the game. Same with Avery, but even though I'm a Rangers fan he's not an elite player and only elite players should be coverboys in my opinion.

tzv
tzv

Crosby didn't get the cover because he wanted too much money. There are contractual agreements that come with being on the cover, you have to do PR for the game, do commercials, etc. For some players the money that comes with the being on the cover isn't worth it.

ericfarr
ericfarr

why not on the wii im not happ[y about that one

barbierian205
barbierian205

isn't Neidermayer the guy who took a cheap shot on that other guy and got suspended or something? hehe, that's a good choice.

Absynthetic
Absynthetic

Killer_101 i agree they should have put Luongo

nuck44
nuck44

I'll get it :D for my PS3 :D

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

eric staal? carolina sucks now, bad choice for a cover imo

bleigh316
bleigh316

how did sydney crosby not get the cover??

Unr3al39
Unr3al39

Yeah like Kiprusoff. He owns :P

Killer_101
Killer_101

they should have putted a goalie!!!

JFannn
JFannn

what about Scott Niedermyer??

devilzrule27
devilzrule27

Seems like EA sports is a year off with this one. He had a phenomenal season two years ago but last year he took a step down in production. With an added emphasis on defense and skating maybe they should have put Scott Niedermayer on the cover since he is great at both. If not him then why not Crosby or Lecavalier. Staal would have been a good choice last year, and they did use him in a boat load of advertising as well, but this year. Not like it matters anyway I just hope the game is even better then last years which was awesome.

CidStormwind
CidStormwind

I dont really care who's on the cover.. however.. i do care what platforms its released on.. how come theyve not announced a Wii version? I mean.. theres a ps2 version in the works..

DarthTall
DarthTall

Coming from a diehard LA Kings fan (Lord knows that's not easy), I am still hopeful that sometime before I die I will see a King on the cover of a new hockey game. Maybe. And as much as I hate the Ducks, my hat's off to them.

hovan316
hovan316

They should have put Sidney Crosby...I mean, he was the best player for 2006/2007. It only makes sense...

Craton
Craton

his name is emery

2LiveKrew
2LiveKrew

Should have been that black guy from the Senators, now THAT guy has charisma.

s3lFc0nTr0l
s3lFc0nTr0l

lets face it, hockey is dead in USA. when NBC cuts to the horse race before an OT playoff game, and it wasnt even the race it was prerace activites, you know ur sports not doing to well. (not to mention the 1.1 rating game3 of the finals got lol)

darren05r
darren05r

why is everyone saying it should have been him or him or whoever? EA arent going to change their minds, you might as well accept it. i have no idea who this guy is, i live in the Uk, but you know what, good on him.