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As the Stanley Cup playoffs have come down to the final four teams, another competition now sees four remaining players left in the running: the race for the cover of EA Sports’ NHL ’15.  The New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur won the cover spot last year, and it is now time for a new player to claim this much sought-after honor.

What started as a field of 60 players (two from each team) has been narrowed down to four individuals: Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Drew Doughty (LA Kings), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues), and P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens).  Hockey fans everywhere have been voting for who they think deserves to be the NHL ’15 cover boy the official NHL.com cover voting page as well as on Twitter (tweet #NHL15____, filling in the blank with Bergeron, Doughty, Oshie, or Subban to cast your vote).  But now that we’re down to the final four players…let’s take a closer look at who’s still in contention, shall we?

 

Patrice Bergeron

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Quick facts:

  • #37 C for Boston Bruins, “A” (has played 10 seasons with Boston)
  • Born in Ancienne-Lorette, PQ, Canada, on July 24, 1985
  • 2013-2014 regular season: 80 games, 30 goals, 32 assists, +38 rating
  • 2013-2014 postseason: 12 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, +1 rating
  • Career stats (regular & postseason): 754 games, 206 goals, 355 assists in 10 seasons

Awards/honors:

  • 2003-2004 Young Stars game
  • 2004 World Championship gold medalist
  • 2005 World Junior Championship gold medalist, MVP, All-Star team
  • 2010 Olympic gold medalist
  • 2010-2011 Stanley Cup winner with Boston Bruins
  • 2011 joined Triple Gold Club (most recent member)
  • 2011-2012 Selke Trophy winner
  • 2012 Spengler Cup winner with Team Canada
  • 2012-2013 King Clancy Trophy winner
  • 2013-2014 nominee for Selke Trophy

 

Drew Doughty

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Quick facts:

  • #8 D for Los Angeles Kings (currently in his sixth season with LA)
  • Born in London, ON, Canada, on December 8, 1989
  • 2013-2014 regular season: 78 games, 10 goals, 27 assists, +18 rating
  • 2013-2014 postseason (as of 5/22/14): 16 games, 1 goal, 9 assists, +7 rating
  • Career stats (regular & postseason): 508 games, 71 goals, 192 assists in 6 seasons

Awards/honors:

  • 2008 All-Rookie Team
  • 2008 World Junior Championship gold medalist, Best Defenseman, All-Star team
  • 2009 World Championship silver medalist
  • 2009-2010 Norris Trophy finalist
  • 2010 Olympic gold medalist
  • 2011-2012 Stanley cup winner with LA Kings
  • 2014 Olympic gold medalist

 

T.J. Oshie

(Photo: NHLPA)

Quick facts:

  • #74 R for St. Louis Blues, “A” (has played six seasons with St. Louis)
  • Born in Mt. Vernon, WA, USA, on December 23, 1986
  • 2013-2014 regular season: 79 games, 21 goals, 39 assists, +19 rating
  • 2013-2014 postseason: 5 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, -3 rating
  • Career stats (regular & postseason): 395 games, 95 goals, 167 assists

Awards/honors:

  • 2013 World Championship bronze medalist
  • Member of 2014 USA Olympic team

 

P.K. Subban

(Photo: NHLPA)

Quick facts:

  • #76 D for Montreal Canadiens (has played five seasons with Montreal)
  • Born in Toronto, ON, Canada, on May 13, 1989
  • 2013-2014 regular season: 82 games, 10 goals, 43 assists, -4 rating
  • 2013-2014 postseason (as of 5/22/14): 13 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, -1 rating
  • Career stats (regular & postseason): 323 games, 51 goals, 144 assists

Awards/honors:

  • 2011 All-Rookie Team
  • 2012-2013 Norris Trophy winner
  • 2013 NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2014 Olympic gold medalist

 

There you have it, hockey fans: your final four NHL ’15 cover contenders!  Each player’s respective team is getting involved in the campaigns as well, especially on Twitter; the Bruins, Kings, Blues, and Canadiens all have giveaways for people who vote for their players, and T.J. Oshie and P.K. Subban each have campaign videos up on YouTube. (Links to Oshie’s videos: 1 2 3 4.  The video for Subban is here).  Voting for this round ends on Sunday, May 25th, and #NHL15 tweets on Thursdays count for double, so get your votes in now!

 

Who will it be? #NHL15Bergeron? #NHL15Doughty? #NHL15Oshie? #NHL15Subban?

Well, that’s all up to you.

Stephanie is currently a student at Roger Williams University and is working toward a BFA in Creative Writing and Film. She is hoping to pursue a master's degree in Sports Journalism after graduating. Stephanie is a former basketball player and now enjoys writing from the sidelines (though she wouldn't be opposed to watching from a press box). She quite literally turned into a full-fledged hockey fan overnight, and she is the lone Rangers/Blackhawks fan in a family of hardcore Bruins fans. During the offseason, she enjoys writing, film, traveling, and theatre. Twitter: @stephanielynn_

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