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Tavares Moves on in NHL 13 Cover Tournament | April

Color me surprised, John Tavares is moving on in the EA Sports NHL 13 cover tournament as the Islanders representative.

The first round saw Tavares go head-to-head with teammate Michael Grabner, with the person who received the most votes between the two moving on to the field of 32. Among the others advancing are stars like Ilya Kovalchuck of the New Jersey Devils and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The second round begins today and runs until April 22. The top 16 vote getters will move on to the third round, which will be a round-by-round bracket style until two players remain. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards show on June 20.

Tavares has his work cut out for him since other players involved in the competition, like Scott Hartnell and David Perron, have taken to social media to campaign for fans votes.

Since Tavares doesn’t have a twitter account guess it’ll be on his buddies Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo to champion him online. If you’d like to vote just click here.