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Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos Is Your ‘NHL 12’ Cover Boy

A hearty congratulations goes out to Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos for realizing an achievement few professional athletes dare to dream about: landing on the cover of one of EA Sports legendary sports video game franchises.

Via the Toronto Star:

“You look at the players who have been on (the game box) in the past and what they’ve done in their career ‹ it’s just a tremendous honour,” Stamkos told QMI Agency. “I grew up playing this game, so to see myself on the cover, it’s almost surreal.”

While this is all hunky dory and a great story right now, there could be a problem with the image gracing the cover of NHL 12 down the road: Stamkos will become a restricted free agent on July 1st, so there’s a chance – however minute – that the talented, dynamic, 21-year-old center might not even be playing for the Lightning when the game comes out in September. That wouldn’t be good. But then again, I’m sure EA Sports has someone in their graphics department that could do a little Photoshoppery on the cover. If not, I’m always here with MS Paint. Lemme know.

Stamkos scores EA Sports’ NHL cover [Toronto Star]