Cover athlete, beta revealed for 'NHL 17'

 St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is the 'NHL 17' cover athlete. St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is the 'NHL 17' cover athlete. EA SPORTS

EA Sports revealed Wednesday evening that St. Louis Blues  star forward Vladimir Tarasenko will be featured on the cover of NHL 17.  The player was chosen via a fan vote in which more than six million votes were cast through twitter and NHL.com.

“It’s an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year,” said Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues .  “As a player, it’s a big deal to be fan selected for something like the Cover Vote, and I’m excited to be involved in the game this year.”

The company also announced that all players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are now able to register to take part in the NHL 17 public beta, which begins July 28.  It features three playable game modes.  Those who sign up to become an NHL 17 Insider will receive early access to the beta, as well as early access to news, trailers, and more before worldwide release on September 13, 2016.

“Last year we held our first ever beta and the feedback we received from fans helped us create a great experience at launch,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, Lead Producer, NHL 17.  “For NHL 17 we’re opening up access to more players and we can’t wait for them to get their hands on the game.”

The beta will feature three modes: Online Versus, EA Sports Hockey League, and Hockey Ultimate Team.  Access to the game's Creation Zone will also be available.  Beta registration is open now and concludes on July 7 at 11:59pm PDT.  The beta itself is scheduled to begin on July 28 at 12:00pm PDT and end on August 4 at 11:59pm PDT.

Those interested in participating can register to do so at www.easports.com/nhl/beta

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