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Washington Capitals Cyberfaces
For those of you who aren’t aware, there is a cyber-community of folks who make custom graphics for video games, including for EA Sports NHL. Apparently, ‘cyberfaces’ are popular, and are shared on the message boards like www.thebreakaway.net. This one thread of faces dates back to 2008. I looked up all the Capitals and found most of them, though I couldn’t find Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, Eric Fehr, John Erskine and Joel Ward (though youngin’ Tomas Kundratek is included).
Here’s a video of one of the artists, detonator2112, demonstrating his work.