The EA Sports NHL video game will have a split cover, with Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse donning the front of NHL 23.
The official covers for all versions of the game will be released later this week.
Zegras, one of the top rookies from the past NHL campaign, becomes the first Anaheim Ducks player selected for the main cover, with Teemu Selanne and Jonas Hiller adorning various international covers in the past.
Nurse is the first woman to appear on the cover, with the IIHF license allowing for proper women's hockey action for the first time in NHL 22. Nurse was named Olympic MVP after her incredible performance that saw Canada win gold back in Beijing 2022.
"(NHL 23 is) a special combination of two of the most influential players of today’s game," said Clappy, NHL 23's community manager. "You have Sarah Nurse the first ever woman on an NHL cover, and who recently set the record for the most points in women’s and men’s Olympic competition, and Trevor Zegras who just in his rookie year, is completely changing the fabric of the league and inspired the new Zegras flip you’ll see in-game."
A full breakdown of new features in NHL 23 and a confirmed release date is expected later this week.
NHL 16 planned to have a split cover with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews before Kane was removed due to sexual assault allegations.