As long as hockey is still sort-of on the minds of the sporting public (thanks to some spectacular Stanley Cup games between the Pens & Red Wings), EA Sports figured the time was right to announce the cover boy for their upcoming “NHL 09″ game.
And the winner is: Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Casual sports fans outside of southern Alberta may not know much about Dion, but they’re sure to know his current gal pal:
Alluring actress Elisha Cuthbert.
Phaneuf had been skating along in semi-obscurity from the mainstream media, when Hollywood gossip sites popped up pictures of the player bouncing around the beaches of Hawaii with an eager Elisha.
And now here he is, a finalist for the Norris Trophy who’s mug will be featured on a popular worldwide video game. All because of scoring Sean Avery’s sloppy seconds.
NHL 09 is scheduled for release in September. By then, EA Sports might be able to convince Cuthbert to pose with Phaneuf for the cover shoot.
Unless that was EA’s plan all along. And then they’ll crop out Dion’s features and end up with an all-Elisha cover.
At least sales would rise - among other things.