NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005's database features over 20 playable leagues, with more than 3000 teams and in excess of 30000 players and staff. The new 2D snapshot view allows coaches to watch the action unfold second-by-second, making key decisions on the fly. As usual, all competition rules and regulations are fully represented for the coming season. Brand new in 2005 are Training Camps. Team can now prepare for the new season, trying out new lines, different tactics, and players hoping to crack the roster.
The North American version includes the rosters from the end of August (2005) and NHL CBA. Owners of the European or digital version received this as a free season update.