After a voting process that saw NHL fans select one of eight possible choices, it was announced at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night that St. Louis Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko will be on the cover on NHL 17 when it hits stores this fall.
Tarasenko beat out Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks in the final vote of the contest.
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It’s the first time since 2000 — Chris Pronger — that a member of the St. Louis Blues will grace the cover of the game. Tarasenko continued his rise to stardom with a 2015-16 season that saw him tally 40 goals and 34 assists in 80 games. He also had 15 points in 20 playoff games.
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Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.