Markus Naslund Cover Athelete for NHL 2005

Vancouver Canucks left winger signs on with EA Sports as the cover athlete and spokesman.

Vancouver Canucks' Markus Naslund has signed a deal with Electronic Arts to be the cover athlete and spokesman for its upcoming EA Sports NHL 2005.

"Being selected as an EA SPORTS cover athlete is one of the most prestigious distinctions in pro sports," Naslund said. "I've been playing the EA SPORTS NHL series since the beginning back in the early 90s. I can't wait to be more involved with NHL 2005, it promises to be the best yet."

Named the NHL's most outstanding player in 2003, Naslund captained the Canucks to their first division title in 11 years last season, and will be represent Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey (who knew) this fall.

Developed by EA Canada, NHL 2005 will be available on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and the PC this fall.