Washington Capitals: Breaking down Alex Ovechkin making the NHL 21 cover

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is on the cover of NHL 21.

This marks the third time in Alex Ovechkin has been on the cover of a hockey video game. The Washington Capitals forward was previously on NHL 07 and NHL 2K10.

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

Gameplay in NHL 21 has gotten smarter, faster and a whole lot flashier with innovative moves and massive improvements on both sides of the puck. Players now have more options than ever before to take control of the game and impost their playstyle on opponents.

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Players can dazzle with slips, banks and chips, while pulling off some of the most recognizable superstar-inspired moves. However, players will also have to deal with improved goalie positioning and control, as netminders are adapting to the game’s skill level faster than ever before with brand-new desperation moves and animations.

This year’s iteration also takes HUT, the game mode that allows players to create their fantasy lineup of NHL players, alumni and icons, and compete with them online, to the next level with HUT RUSH.

HUT RUSH is a streamlined version of HUT that lets players jump into HUT games quickly, rack up achievements, and unlock rewards by scoring with style. With a scoring system that rewards skill and creativity, HUT RUSH will provide plenty of cannot miss moments.

Other game features include World of CHEL, the revamped Be a Pro mode and franchise mode. Be a Pro gives you a chance to live out your NHL dreams both on and off the ice, giving you the opportunity to become an NHL superstar like Ovechkin.

There are actually three versions of the game you can choose from: the standard edition, the Great Eight edition, and the Deluxe edition. You can preorder the game now by clicking the link here. The game is set to release on Oct. 16.

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Alex Ovechkin has been the most impactful player of the game of hockey and it’s great to see him once again grace the cover of hockey’s most popular video game. We can’t wait for the game to release and it’ll be fun to play while we wait for a new hockey season to begin.