Although the Presidential election is still two years away, a different voting process has been taking place, and it hasn’t been on Capitol Hill.
While the 2014 NHL Awards ceremony is only a few weeks away, hockey fans and gamers alike have been voting on who they believe should be on the EA Sports NHL 2K15 video game cover.
A month-long voting process that began in May gave fans the opportunity to choose who they wanted on the cover, and the list of NHL stars was a talented one. Erik Karlsson, Phil Kessel, Matt Duchene, Logan Couture, Drew Doughty, T.J. Oshie, P.K. Subban and Patrice Bergeron were all on the ballet for the NHL 15 cover.
The players were separated into a head-to-head bracket, and a series of voting proceeded as one-by-one players were eliminated until only two players remained. At the 2014 NHL Awards ceremony, one of the finalists, Subban or Bergeron, will receive the honor of having their image on the cover of the video game.
There is no question why Bergeron was one of the finalists this year. He is consistently a fan favorite in the Boston Bruins community, and he is respected around the NHL. Bergeron excels in the defensive zone, especially in the face-off dot, and he has also been a strong captain for the Bruins. He is a three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy nominee, which commemorates the NHL forward who excels most in the defensive zone. Bergeron won the award during the 2012 season, and was snubbed by the Chicago Blackhawks‘ Jonathan Toews in 2013.
This year, Bergeron was also nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to a player who displays commitment, perseverance and teamwork, while enriching the community.
Bergeron is one of the league’s most talented forwards and his consistent excellence on and off the ice solidifies the claim.