P.K. Subban, Patrice Bergeron face off for NHL video game cover
EA Sports's annual competition for cover down to 2 Canadian rivals
They may be out of the playoffs, but the competition is just heating up between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs’ P.K. Subban and the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron have made it to the final two in a fierce competition to become the cover player for the annual release of EA Sports's popular NHL video game.
It may be playing out off the ice, but this competition has all the heat of an NHL final and it's now in the dying minutes of regulation play.
Voting ends at midnight on June 1.
"The response has been really awesome. There’s a ton of support from the teams, the players and their fans," said Shirley Chu, a spokeswoman for EA Sports.
"Montreal in particular has done so much to support P.K. Subban."
Subban has been rallying the troops, offering up thanks, and recently prizes to those who tweeted for his shot at the cover.
He's also got support from some big names, including Quebec comedian Sugar Sammy, former MMA champion George St-Pierre and actor Romany Malco.
The Bruins have been pushing hard for their star forward, offering up their own incentives including signed sticks, jerseys and pucks.
Finalists narrowed down
EA Sports has been featuring players on the cover of its popular video game since it launched in 1994. However, for the last three years, fans have had a chance to vote on who deserves that top spot.
EA first narrows it down to eight players and then lets fans make their picks in the finals until there's only one left standing.
The initial list also included Erik Karlsson, Logan Couture, T.J Oshie, Drew Doughty, Phil Kessel and Matt Duchene.
Chu said that the two finalists, who faced off in the second round of the playoffs, have both shown they deserve the honour.
Votes are cast online or via Twitter and Instagram. Each tweet using #NHL15Subban or #NHL15Bergeron counts as a vote for the respective player.
In the past week, Twitter has been flooded with 1.2 million tweets supporting Subban and another 2.1 million casting a vote for Bergeron.
Voting closes at midnight on June 1.
The winner will be revealed at the 2014 NHL Awards on June 24. The video game is slated for release in the fall.