Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs to Grace Cover of NHL 22

Matthews Announced as Cover Athlete for EA Sports NHL Franchise… Again 

Toronto Maple Leafs superstar center Auston Matthews returns to the EA Sports NHL cover in NHL 22. This is after an incredible 2020-21 season that included winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for most goals in the regular season. A season that also saw his team bounced from the 1st round of the playoffs in stunning fashion by the Montreal Canadiens. Matthews last appeared on the cover of NHL 20.

“I’m thrilled to be working with EA Sports again and returning to the ice in NHL 22,” said Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “This year, Superstar X-Factors bring a whole new level of elite competition and strategy to the game, and you’ll be able to unleash my ‘Shock and Awe’ ability for exciting shots at the net.”

NHL 22 Hero

Fans that pre-order NHL 22 will get a variety of bonus in-game content. The EA Sports NHL 22 XFactor Edition includes the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 or Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game, three days of early access, up to 10 HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs, one HUT X-Factor Player Choice Pack, HUT X-Factor Power-Up Starter Pack, up to four HUT X-Factor Power-Up Packs, five World of Chel X-Factor Zone Ability Unlocks, five Unlocked Hockey Bags, two Be A Pro X-Factor Slot Unlocks and XP Boost and Bonus Trait Points.

EA Play members can get more out of NHL 22 with early access. For more information on EA Play, please visit

NHL 22

NHL 22 will be available on Oct. 15, 2021 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Press Release