Make a custom NHL12 cover

It goes without saying that Stephen S. is no joke.  He's enjoying the good life as an illustrator for Floyd County Productions, namely "Archer" on FX.  He's assured us that his new role with "Archer" wouldn't conflict with blog stuff we ask him to help us out with.  So we decided to put him to an unreal test to see if he could create a template where anyone with even minimal Photoshop/Fireworks/GIMP skills could put together a great-looking mock cover for NHL12, which is coming out on September 13.
Here's the actual cover for the game this year:
And here's what Stephen S. did…


And then here's what WE did with the foolproof template he's created: