Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Giroux wins cover of NHL13

Though left off all major award ballots this season, Flyers forward Claude Giroux nevertheless scored one key victory on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old will be seen across the globe on the cover of EA Sports' NHL13, having beat out Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne for the honor.

"Congratulations to Claude on being chosen by the fans as the EA SPORTS NHL 13 cover athlete," said Adam Larry, NHLPA director of licensing and associate counsel. "We cannot say enough about the amazing job done by all those involved with the EA SPORTS NHL Cover Vote campaign. The terrific support that all 60 participating NHL players received from not only fans and gamers, but also other NHL players, the teams, teammates, friends and Twitter followers, drove the success of the campaign in its first year."

That victory was revealed in Las Vegas as the league paused for its final gathering of the 2011-12 campaign.

Giroux struck for career highs of 28 goals, 65 assists and 93 points in 77 games for Philly last season.

He fended off a stiff challenge from Rinne, who saw country music star Carrie Underwood -- married to Predators teammate Mike Fisher -- rally the public to the Finn's cause.

In all, over two million votes were cast to decide.
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