Toews, Durant score EA Sports NHL, NBA covers

Blackhawks center and 2010 playoffs MVP heads up publisher's annual hockey sim, while top-scoring Thunder forward fronts Elite 11.

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Both the NHL and the NBA concluded their seasons this month, as the Chicago Blackhawks took home the Stanley Cup on June 8 while the LA Lakers capped E3 2010 last Thursday by hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Now, Electronic Arts is looking ahead to the 2011 season, announcing this week the cover athletes for its upcoming hockey and basketball simulations.

Between a gold medal and a Stanley Cup, Toews is having a pretty good year.

On the ice, EA has gone with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews to be the face of NHL 11, which will also be the 20th anniversary installment in the series. Beyond his Stanley Cup win, the Blackhawks center was named NHL playoffs MVP this year, and he also picked up a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics as part of the Canadian hockey team. Just 22 years old, Toews is currently the youngest captain in the NHL and has more than 65 points in each of his first two seasons.

In development at EA Canada's Burnaby branch, NHL 11 will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the North America this September. Additions to this year's game include broken sticks, an upgraded face-off system, and the inclusion of the Canadian Hockey League.

Durant, with the rock.

EA won't be drawing its NBA Elite 11 cover star from the Lakers, or even league runner-ups, the Boston Celtics. Instead, Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant has been chosen to front the box of EA's basketball sim franchise. Though his team lost to the Lakers during the first round of this year's playoffs, Durant led the league in scoring, the youngest player to do so.

EA Canada's Vancouver arm is developing NBA Elite 11 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and it is due out this September. For an idea of what to expect from EA's rebranded hoops sim, check out GameSpot's just-published first hands-on with the game.

Discussion

48 comments
dbzfreak
dbzfreak

Another Blackhawk...really?! I mean come on change it up a bit. I just don't care for Chicago especially after getting stuck in O'Hare over and over. I really don't like that city.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Durant vs MJ.Its future vs History.Like always old is GOLD.ill stick with 2ksports

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

At least Toews' cover is more exciting than Patrick Kane's. Last years was just boring. But back 2 back Hawks? They could have used one of the Sedins, Mike Richards or Chris Pronger, maybe even Crosby (who I hate) O well, Peace! Go Eagles!, Go Flyers!

RajBauer
RajBauer

Kobe should have been the cover. He is way better than James. Although much respect to Durant he played well but I am planning on getting elite and having Kobe on the cover would have been perfect although MJ looks awesome on the 2k11 cover as well.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Congratulations Toews! It's about time the Hawks won the Stanely.

watchuwa
watchuwa

durant sucks. lebron james is the best.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Another accomplishment Toews can add to his list.

xblane
xblane

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MrBubbles59
MrBubbles59

good choice by picking durant. hes definitely one of the best in the nba!

profstrange
profstrange

wow, two player from same team on the game's cover two years in row. I am not sure if it is ever done in any sport before.

Supernatural24
Supernatural24

@King_Gamer19: I guess you'll have to quit gaming all together because everyone will have to pay immediately for a new game to play online sooner or later.

irishmurph
irishmurph

Ya Toews!!!!! Chicago deserves it

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

It doesn't matter who's on the cover of any of the sports games I'm sticking with 2K because I don't have to buy them new to play online. So F*CK EA & all them greedy bastards. God I can't wait until EA loses there NFL license

buzzguy
buzzguy

2 Hawks in a row for NHL covers! Blasphemy!

X_XSlashX_X
X_XSlashX_X

Ryan Miller should've got the cover for NHL 11 for his performance in the Olympics without him we wouldn't have even come close to getting the gold.

metalmoog
metalmoog

Woohoo! Another Blackhawk again. Kane last year and Toews this year. Aargh, now I'm going to have to buy 2011 also! Here's hoping for a retro edition next year with JR on it!

Cruse34
Cruse34

Ya for Toews he's from Manitoba!!!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Poor Durant, competing against MJ (nba 2k10). EA better go the extra mile in ads and shelf spaces.

RAGINGxPONY
RAGINGxPONY

Kinda sucks that it's 2 blackhawks in a row, but whatever i don't really care.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Another Blackhawk? Never thought they'd go back to back with the same team.

POPEYE1716
POPEYE1716

two years in a row blackhawks players head up the covers for NHL

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I see the Durant choice as a direct response to 2k's selection to use MJ. One is the history of the sport, the other is the future. Good strategic choice.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Kevin Durant deserves this, I'm glad to hear he's goin to be on the cover

TakeDaCannoli
TakeDaCannoli

Yeah two blackhawks in a row sucks, but it shoulda been Malkin last year...

SoGodly
SoGodly

Sadly, people will go with NBA 2K11 since it has Jordan, despite the gameplay being EXACTLY the same as NBA 2K. Hopefully NBA Elite improves, I'm tired of playing the same game over and over, with the same flaws since the franchise started back in 99.

Kahne9Fan
Kahne9Fan

@KingOfOldSkool I heard they are also putting Kane on the cover of the next crazy taxi game.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

I hope they come out with special bundle for NHL being it 20th anni.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Jonathan Toews fits, and so dose Durant

AwesomeChange
AwesomeChange

Yes! Durant is a boss. My second favorite player in the NBA behind Tyreke Evans. But doesn't 2K11 have Jordan as the mascot? That's a clear disadvantage to NBA Elite if it wants to best 2k11

silverdoe
silverdoe

They can't wait for Lebron to decide which uniform he will wear for the cover. Shame. Hope Kobe makes a cameo on 2K cover. If anything better than MJ, that's MJ with Kobe, maybe a shot at MJ's final All-star with Kobe!

glennvolio
glennvolio

I'd rather it be Marty Brodeur, but Towes deserves this too. As long as it isn't Crosby, I'm happy.

cjasko94
cjasko94

NBA 2K 11 MJ NBA Elite 11 Kevin Durant gunning it with 2K like always :)

Supernatural24
Supernatural24

Well deserved for Toews. Though, unfortunately, it's a second-straight Hawk. I've got nothing against Chicago, but no team should get another cover within a year after the previous release.

Smallville417
Smallville417

Durant is deserving. If only we had kept our team in Seattle.....

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

Blackhawks two times in a roll? It should be a different team every year.

Tyralyon
Tyralyon

I like your line of thought KingOfOldSkool! Let's go Hawks!!!! :D

zMd113
zMd113

Way to go Durant!! I wasn't expecting this but good job! Go OKC THUNDER!!

Colin1192
Colin1192

Toews is definitely more deserving of the cover this year than Kane was last year

dAvIdguY349
dAvIdguY349

I'd like to see someone other than a blackhawk get the cover, Toews should get it this year though, my fingers are crossed for a Red Wing next year

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

Toews deserves it. Kane didn't last year.

somestupidloser
somestupidloser

Old news. Puck Daddy got a hold of this story a week ago.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Kane was on NHL 10 but when someone just joined the Triple Gold Club you let it slide

Deltayoda
Deltayoda

@KingofOldSchool Hahaha, great comment

ChrisGamer5757
ChrisGamer5757

Uhh EA you had a Blackhawk on the cover last year, people will have a problem with this, He may be the MVP but you gotta spread the love around...

imapyro9944
imapyro9944

how bout someone not from the blackhawks this year?

Aureolux
Aureolux

I hear Toews is pretty beastly at Mario Kart Wii. :p

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

Chicago Blackhawks ftw.. Kane on NHL 10, now Toews on NHL 11.. next year it will be Duncan Keith on NHL 12 and Kris Versteeg on DJ Hero 3