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New rules and updated rosters and season schedules feature in this update of the longrunning NHL series, as do many new features.

Deking is now performed using the left analog stick, with swift signature moves of star players that confuse opponents and reward skill. The same stick is used to increase the accuracy when shooting. While preparing for a shot, a bull's-eye appears in the enemy goal and you can quickly move the target to the corners for precision. To add to the individual qualities, statistics such as speed and size are now reflected during gameplay in the players' momentum and turning radius. To get past opponents quickly, you can generate momentum for quick speed boosts.

With the introduction of R.P.M. (Realistic Puck Momentum) dynamics, there is more randomness with the puck, as a shot off the mask can now stun goalies. Another small addition is the deformation of the ice during the match. In the player creation mode, where you can now apply bruises, broken noses, black eyes and scars to your players, the thumbstick is used for "face sculpting" - changing the different features.

All the regular game modes are present, of which the Dynasty Mode from the previous version is the most complete, with scouting and full management options, inside and outside the arena. Contrary to the last game, you can now intervene during simulated AI games and win the match for your team.

The PC, PS2 and Xbox version support online multiplayer games, and as a special bonus, the original NHL 94 game, one of the first in the series, has been included with the PS2 edition.


NHL 06 Windows Main Menu
NHL 06 Windows End of game
NHL 06 Windows Referee does not give a penalty.
NHL 06 Windows Puck brakes the glass wall.

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GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2005 88 out of 100 88 GameCube Sep 15, 2005 87 out of 100 87 Windows Sep 16, 2006 87 out of 100 87 Windows Sep 14, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Daily Game GameCube Oct 05, 2005 8 out of 10 80
X-Power Xbox Sep 12, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot GameCube Sep 08, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
1UP Windows Nov 09, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Difference GameCube Nov 05, 2005 12 out of 20 60
GameSpy Windows Nov 16, 2005 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Server shutdown

On 1st September 2007, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, Xbox and Windows versions.

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