EA Sports announced on Monday that Ovechkin will be the cover athlete for its NHL 21 video game set to release on Oct. 16. For the second time in his career, the Capitals’ superstar will hold the honor and joins Jonathan Toews as the only two-time cover athletes in the game’s history.

Recognize Greatness with The Great Eight himself 🏒🔥 @ovi8 is your #NHL21 global cover athlete! 💪 pic.twitter.com/OdToWCZU0O

When learning the news, Ovechkin shared his appreciation and of course had to crack a joke in classic Ovi fashion.

“It’s a huge honor to be on the cover of NHL 21 for the second cover in my career,” he said. “More importantly, I’m glad I’m looking just as good on the cover this year as I did in 2007!!!”

EA Sports made the announcement with a powerful video it released on Twitter, citing Ovechkin’s accomplishments and impact on the league as why he was ultimately chosen for the honor.

The narrator of the video walks viewers through Ovi’s incredible career. The video opens with images from his childhood and early years in the league and paints the picture of the young Russian star moving overseas to chase his dreams, barely speaking the language.

It progresses to show highlights from his playing career – both actual footage and video game recreations of those moments. EA Sports then recognized Ovi for his impact on the game beyond his own play by referencing the future generation of hockey players he inspired.

NHL 20’s cover athlete Auston Matthews had a cameo appearance where he tells a story of watching Ovechkin play when he was just a kid in the stands.

“I was at that game,” Matthews said. “That memory has just been kind of engraved in my mind. It was probably the greatest goal I’ve ever seen.”

The narrator then mentions Ovi’s critics – the ones who said he wasn’t the greatest because he had never won the cup – and his ability to silence them and remind them that the league wouldn’t be the same without him.

The video even features a clip of Ovechkin asking Sidney Crosby who he thought would win the Hart Memorial Trophy. Crosby responds, “you,” showing that even his greatest rivals recognize how much he means to the game.

Ovi’s history-altering career and inspiring story led EA Sports to select him as the lead representative for their innovative game, which will now feature the new “Be A Pro” experience to give players the chance to live the life of an NHL star both on and off the ice. EA Sports says the game will allow players to, “Impress the front office, go early on draft day, and chase greatness as players earn a spot on the first line, compete for the Stanley Cup, and become the league’s next best,” just like Ovechkin did in his career.

“Our community has been asking for an invigorating Be A Pro experience that puts them in the same spotlight as their favorite NHL stars, like Alex Ovechkin,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, Executive Producer of NHL 21. “Ovechkin’s gameplay legacy, on and off the ice, is helping us to bring the next generation of EA SPORTS NHL gameplay to life with NHL 21.”

The NHL 21 Great Eight Edition will be released on Oct. 16 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and is now available for preorder.

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Alex Ovechkin checked off another box on his career résumé on Monday when he became just the second player in NHL history to grace the cover of EA Sports’ NHL series twice. Ovi’s first appearance on the cover was in 2007.

Ovechkin isn’t the only player from the area to recently be named a cover athlete for one of EA Sports’ newest games. Earlier this summer, Baltimore Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson was announced as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 21.

Following Monday’s reveal of Ovechkin on the cover of NHL 21, the Capitals official Twitter posted a side-by-side photo of the two designs, tagging the Ravens account with the caption “It’s a DMV thing.”

The exchange was a fun one between two teams less than 50 miles from one another. While the Capitals and Ravens don’t play in the same city, there are still plenty of fans who support both teams. Whether Baltimore is in the ‘DMV’ is a debate for another time…

What can’t be debated, though, is both the Ravens and Capitals have a player that sports the No. 8 on gamedays that is one of the best athletes in their respective sports. While Ovechkin is on the backend of his legendary career, Baltimore fans hope the 23-year-old Jackson has yet to even come close to reaching his full potential.

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First up in our look around the sports world, athletes and celebrities from all over celebrated Kobe Bryant’s birthday in their own ways over the weekend.

The Phillies’ Bryce Harper sported a Bryant jersey underneath his own for gameday vs. the Braves, rapper Drake showed off his Kobe shoe collection on Instagram and Diana Taurasi put up a season-high 34 pts for Phoenix in a custom mamba jersey.

Diana Taurasi wore a custom Mercury jersey on Mamba’s birthday 🙏 @highlighther (via @phoenixmercury, @wnba)

Next up, the disrespect is real as Celtics fans showed up virtually in the stands with brooms in their hands as Boston completed a first-round series sweep against the Philadelphia 76ers. Absolutley savage!

Lastly, it’s official! NHL 21 released their official trailer for The Great 8 edition of the game with the one and only Alex Ovechkin on the cover. Congrats Ovi!

Recognize Greatness with #NHL21 available worldwide October 16th 🏒🎮 Pre-order NHL 21 Great Eight Edition and get 3 Days Early Access 👀

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Source: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/capitals/alex-ovechkin-selected-ea-sports-nhl-21-cover-athlete

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