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The 2008 edition of EA's ice hockey simulation includes many improvements to the Skill Stick feature that was introduced in NHL 07. Another novelty is the Goalie mode where players can manually take control of the goalie through a 3rd-person camera. Players can create and work towards custom players and a rumble feature introduces a new form of communication where the player can call for the puck by tapping the ice with the stick.

In addition to NHL teams, this edition also features international teams and the 29 AHL teams, as well as the new jerseys for the regular NHL season.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 version do not contain a fantasy draft to create a dream team to take through the Stanley Cup in the Dynasty mode, but have the Sweden's Elitserien and Finland's SM-liiga. Commentary in this version is done by Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.


NHL 08 Windows Some of the people watching the game.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Title screen.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Optional side camera.
NHL 08 Windows Main menu

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1UP PlayStation 3 Sep 11, 2007 A 100 PlayStation 3 Oct 01, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Console Monster Xbox 360 Nov 08, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Oct 22, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Sep 13, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 PlayStation 3 Sep 21, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Boomtown Xbox 360 Nov 01, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Video Game Talk PlayStation 2 Oct 16, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Oct 22, 2007 C 50


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Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions on 8th February 2011.

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