EA has announced Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets and Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks, have been chosen as the EA SPORTS NHL 20 cover athletes for Finland and Sweden, respectively.
Patrik Laine becomes the first hockey player to star on EA SPORTS NHL covers for two consecutive years. Laine’s recognizable shot is also replicated in NHL 20 as a “Signature Shot.”
“It was awesome to hear that EA SPORTS chose me as the cover athlete for the second time. The new cover art looks even cooler than the previous one! This kind of recognition gives me the motivation on the ice to prove that I’m worth all the hype,” says Patrik Laine. “As everyone already knows, I’ve been a passionate fan of the NHL game since childhood. The season is very demanding physically and mentally , and in return, playing EA SPORTS NHL on a console with friends is a really good way to relax,” Laine says.
Elias Pettersson was the winner of the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year for the Canucks and is one of the biggest hockey talents in the world.
“As a lifelong fan of EA Sports NHL, it’s a tremendous thrill for me to appear on the cover of the NHL 20. Playing in the NHL has been a dream come true, and it feels great to follow up my rookie season with this huge honor,” says Elias Pettersson. ”While I expect that being on the cover means that I will probably face more intense battles with my teammates this season, I want to let them know right now that when NHL 20 is launched, I will be ready for any and all competition.”
For everyone else, Auston Matthews was announced as the NHL 20 cover athlete, back in June.