Play it loud Swedish hockey fans: Elias Pettersson’s digital self is headed your way.
EA Sports announced Wednesday the emerging Vancouver Canucks star will grace the cover of NHL 20 in Sweden.
“Winner of the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year, Pettersson continues his rise as one of the biggest hockey talents in the world,” EA said in a statement.
Pettersson’s cover will only be available in Sweden; fans in Vancouver are stuck with the Auston Matthews covers, an EA spokesperson explained in a Wednesday email.
“We create regionally exclusive covers to further engage with our fan base in certain regions. The Pettersson cover is exclusive to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,” EA Sports explained. The cover for the Finnish version of the game features Patrik Laine.
“Each year we look to elevate NHL athletes that not only represent our product vision, but also embody the culture and lifestyle that surrounds hockey,” the company added. “We have a huge number of fans who play NHL 20 in Sweden, so we often create regionally exclusive covers that engage our fan base there.
“This past year, Elias Pettersson stood out with an incredible rookie season, and coupled with his style of play, he was an obvious choice for us to put on the cover.”
Pettersson’s affinity for video games is well documented. It was pointed out many times during his rookie season he used to dream of playing in the NHL while playing the famous EA Sports game as a youngster.