Patrick Kane checks NHL 10 cover

Chicago Blackhawks wunderkind gracing follow-up to EA Sports' award-winning hockey game, due out on PS3, 360 in September.

Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin made headlines two weeks ago when he made the cover of 2K Sports' NHL 2K10 after hitting the cover of EA Sports' NHL 07 a few years ago. Now, Electronic Arts is countering with a high-scoring cover star of its own for NHL 10: The Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane. The game is due out on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall.

Just how much good does a mouth guard do if it's not worn in the mouth?

EA's youngest NHL game cover athlete to date, Kane has emerged as one of hockey's most talented players in just two years. He won the Calder Trophy as 2008 Rookie of the Year, and he led his team to the Western Conference Finals. To date, he has scored more than 20 goals and more than 70 points in each of his two seasons.

Speaking to GameSpot Sports, Kane heaped praise on NHL 10. "It's obviously an honor to be on there but the game itself is very realistic," he said. "You're playing along the boards, kicking the puck, things like that, which is very realistic to a real NHL game. You see the fans banging on the boards, fans waving the towels in the playoff games."

EA also announced today that Canadian junior hockey sensation John Tavares will promote the release of NHL 10 as a spokesperson. Many believe Tavares will be the top pick in this year's NHL draft. Kane was the first overall draft pick in the 2007 NHL draft.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Kane is only the second US-born athlete to be featured on the cover of EA Sports' hockey game franchise. The first was New York Rangers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, who appeared on the box for NHL 97.

NHL 10 has been the subject of much critical acclaim. GameSpot named it Best Sports Game of E3, praising the game's new features, such as first-person rink-brawling, improved goalies, new animations, and gameplay refinements. Its most recent predecessor, NHL 09, was named GameSpot's Best Sports Game of 2008.

Check out the trailer of NHL 10 below.

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Recker
Recker

He usually looks like a tool...So, I think the cover is fitting. Who barrels after a puck while chewing on his mouth guard...oh wait, he does. At least the Blackhawks are gettin some publicity on the cover!

HillyBilly
HillyBilly

That's kind of a silly pic of him. His mouth guard is sticking out and his helmet looks too big for his head. Anyway I'm surprised by this choice. I thought they would've finally put Crosby on the cover, having just won the Stanley Cup and all.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

His mouth guard does look a little stupid :/

nailclipper
nailclipper

ohjtbehaaave, why are you giving such a hard time to "sid the cod" crosby? Hes 21 and he just won a stanley cup

INFAMOUSHAVOC
INFAMOUSHAVOC

Pat Kane Chicago Proud of you glad to see a Chicago star on a sports game cover.now all we need is an mlb and nba cover doubt that going to happen oh well.

FUBAR24
FUBAR24

ive had this game reserved for about two months and i cannot wait

iamahalo2newb
iamahalo2newb

ohjtbehaaave did you see Crosby raise the cup? Did you see the next one finally see his day of glory after being robbed of it last year? Crosby = Stanley Cup Champion Captain 2009 ... priceless!

iamahalo2newb
iamahalo2newb

Sidney Crosby...face of the "new" NHL...the great next one...and now Stanley Cup Champion!!! Just thought I'd throw that out to all the Crosby haters...who say Crosby is a baby, but look like little baby whiners themselves. Any Dirt Red Wings need a handshake? hahahaha!

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@Alex I could care less about the Wings. It was nice seeing an upset in the Finals... especially because Cindy Crosby really had nothing to do with it. He sat and watched in a game 7 as the unsung hero's like Talbot got the job done. Crosby's a B!tch... but I don't expect Penguins fans to admit it or care that he gets ridiculous special treatment. Bettman got what he wanted... the almost bankrupt Pens with Mario and Cindy getting the Cup... and the franchise being saved. Mission accomplished. Maybe next time you roll out the red carpet for a team and player like Crosby... try not to make it so obvious. Hopefully now we see old style hockey again where there's not 10 PP's a game which actually slow the game down to a boring halt... and keep many of the Stars on the bench half the game watching penalty kills.

burback2
burback2

I know its not a big deal at all but am I the only one who is annoyed by EA calling this years sports titles "10" ? What was wrong with NHL 2010. Sounds like it is the 10th NHL game and I'm sure there are alot of none hockey fans out there who are going to assume that it is the 10th NHL game.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@ohjtbehaaave Someone's mad the stacked Detroit Red Wings got the ass kicking they deserved...

ColonelRadec
ColonelRadec

I love the trailer, I might pick it up when it released. This will be my first hockey game ever.:o

Laxryan23
Laxryan23

Agree with DarthTall Go Sharks though!!!

DarthTall
DarthTall

The best part is at :41...go Kings go!

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littlestreakier
littlestreakier

this trailer looks great! i can't wait to buy this, 1st day buy for me.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Great choice having Kane on the cover, I can't wait for NHL 10 the best sports game (regardless if you like hockey) out there now if only EA could do something similar with Madden

encore33
encore33

i think that the cover is supposed to be like a hockey rink with the skate blade grooves in it.

redheadsrulez
redheadsrulez

goleafsguy. we can only hope crosby never graces us with his face on a cover for any nhl game. and by the way leafs suck, go habs!!

parhar67
parhar67

I would of picked malkin....highest point scorer regular season and playoffs? Top of that he won a stanley cup and 23 years of age? I mean come on already. They put Stall on the 08 cover when there were like 50 other people better than him. Last year it was phaneuf....i mean they just put random people on. Great game but bad bad cover choices. I havent agreed with a cover since the PS2 days...maybe with the exception of NHL 07 with ovechkin. Bottem line Malkin should of been it.

Hott-FuzZ
Hott-FuzZ

But regardless, the NHL games are only getting better

Hott-FuzZ
Hott-FuzZ

Too bad he was garbage in the playoffs. Wheres datsuyk?

gbyrd99
gbyrd99

Pretty sure NHL 97 he was wearing a Florida Panthers jersey... GG

NightRain
NightRain

Patrick Kane owns! Great choice! "The picture doesn't even look like it's the real thing,looks like a really good drawing." That must be EA Sports' new style of covers. Look at the Madden 10 cover. It has the same style. I think Tiger Woods too, IIRC...

ktContainer
ktContainer

Toews would have been the better choice

goleafsguy
goleafsguy

I can't believe Crosby still hasn't been on the cover of a game.

Scooter540
Scooter540

The picture doesn't even look like it's the real thing,looks like a really good drawing.

jojobaker15
jojobaker15

Awesome. This is going to be another great NHL game

SpeedsterSim
SpeedsterSim

Would have been nice if they used a picture from the winter classic