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EA Sports takes Patrick Kane off of NHL 16’s cover

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EA Sports announced that Patrick Kane will not appear on the cover of their upcoming video game NHL 16.

Here’s the statement they released on Wednesday:

If that tweet is giving you trouble, here’s the text of the release:

“In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16.

He will not appears on the cover nor participate in other promotional activities.”

The original plan called for Kane to be on the cover of the title with Jonathan Toews. It would have been a callback to the past, as Kane was the cover star for NHL 10 while Toews took over that role for NHL 11.

Instead, it appears that Toews will be alone for NHL 16:

ESPN’s Katie Strang reports that Kane, 26, may lose other sponsors depending upon how the ongoing rape investigation turns out.

Video: Brian Campbell’s campy campaign to be NHL 14’s cover star

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Whether it’s the Florida Panthers’ doing or the work of EA Sports, Brian Campbell’s campaign-style video to be NHL 14’s cover star sports a desirable mixture of cheese and genuine laughs:

There’s plenty of good/cringe-inducing stuff in that video (the “Mmm … mmm … good” bit infringes on taste, if not copyrights), but the attacks on Kris Versteeg could use some tweaking.

While the karaoke clip begs for a full treatment, golden opportunities were missed to mock Versteeg in more meaningful ways.

Specifically, he should probably be teased for his hair from last season:

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Or his fantastic handlebar mustache from 2013:

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Honestly, “Soupy” might need to pull out a few extra spin-o-ramas to beat that ‘stache and the Hulk Hogan hair.