Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse on NHL 23 cover art

EA Sports is making big firsts this year as two athletes will be featured on the NHL 23 game cover, including a woman.

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Indeed, Canadian player Sarah Nurse and young Anaheim Ducks sensation Trevor Zegras will be the two faces of the franchise for the next edition of the game.

This is not only the first time that two athletes have shared an NHL cover, but also that a woman has found herself on it.

Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse on NHL 23 cover art

— NHL 23 coverage for PS4 and Xbox One consoles. Courtesy, EA Sports

— The cover of the X-Factor edition of NHL 23. Courtesy, EA Sports

For EA, this decision to bring together a woman and a young NHL superstar allows us to “represent an exciting new generation of talented hockey players,” it says.

The sports video game giant has also adopted the same strategy for its traditional soccer game FIFA, while French international Kylian Mbappé will share the FIFA 23 cover with Australian Sam Kerr, who plays with Chelsea FC Women.

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To return to the two athletes concerned, it goes without saying that they both deserved this honor.

Zegras caught the eyes of the hockey world on several occasions last season with his sensational fakes and his famous « Michigan » goals.

He had also been at the heart of a superb goal from Sonny Milano, who had hit the puck on the fly after receiving a « Michigan pass » from the American’s stick, which was positioned behind the opposing net.

As for Sarah Nurse — who is the cousin of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse — she is part of the Canadian national women’s hockey team within the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). She notably helped Canada win gold at the last Olympic Games in Beijing, thanks to a record 18 points (5 goals and 13 assists), and thus became the first black woman to win a gold medal in ice Hockey. In 2018, the 27-year-old Ontarian also helped the maple leaf to win silver at the PyeongChang Games.

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