If you happened to catch the NHL Awards from Las Vegas on Wednesday night then you’re probably aware that Steven Stamkos was named the cover boy for EA Sports’ NHL 12, currently scheduled for a September release. Stamkos follows back-to-back cover appearances by Chicago Blackhawks (Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews).

In the event that you tuned out of the awards show upon hearing Jay Mohr pronounce Yzerman as ‘Why-zerman’, or in between embarrassingly awful musical performances – here’s a first look at EA’s new cover athlete in virtual action: