With the success of the cover votes for their other sports titles it comes as little surprise that EA Sports is now spreading a similar initiative to the NHL series. The cover athlete of NHL 13 is being determined by fan voting with the first round already underway.
All of the 30 teams have two representatives to start which is similar to how Madden NFL 13 handled it. One player will advance from each team to the round of 30 where things change somewhat. Instead of a tournament bracket the top 16 players in terms of total number of votes in that period will move on to a round of 16 where the bracket format will begin.
The first round runs until April 11 and is completed from the NHL.com cover vote page.