It didn't take long for 2K Sports to answer EAs challenge - they've now announced Joe Thornton as the player to be on the cover for NHL 2k7, with these images and a trailer. As a great hockey fan, I must ask - how long will it take for the developers to make the players actually interact with the stone cold hard walls AROUND the ice? I was hoping for at least an animation upgrade, but it doesn't seem like we get that. Either. The hockey genre makes me sick.