Phaneuf body checks his way onto NHL 09

According to an article in The Calgary Sun, Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf will be gracing the cover of EA's NHL 09. Focusing on more defensive gameplay and hard-hitting checks, EA Sports decided to give the cover nod to one of the hardest-htting, and high-scoring, defensive players in the league.

"There are always a lot of options for who we want on our cover, and Phaneuf was a perfect choice for us this year," said David Littman, lead producer of NHL 09.

Currently in development at EA Vancouver, NHL 09 is scheduled to hit retail before the puck drops on the new season.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.