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The 2009 edition of EA Sports ice hockey simulation refreshes all of the existing NHL and international team rosters and schedules and adds the Russian Elite League and sees the the addition of the "Be A Pro"-mode in which players create a new player and only control him on the field. This mode is also available in multiplayer for up to 12 players in 6-on-6-matches in which every player on the ice is controlled by a human.

The defensive stick control has also been revamped and now allows for example to prevent direct passes. And it's possible to control both puck and stick with one hand in the offensive, allowing the player to better outplay the goalie. Of course all this complicates the already complex controls even more so that now it's possible to switch to the control scheme from NHL '94 which only needs a few buttons and one analog stick to be successful.


NHL 09 Windows You have received a trade proposal.
NHL 09 Windows Saku Koivu gets shorthanded goal.
NHL 09 Windows A small fight on the ice.
NHL 09 Windows Three stars are highlighted after the patch ends.

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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows Juhani Ojaniemi (128)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Xbox 360 Sep 11, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 Sep 09, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Sep 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Sep 17, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IC-Games PlayStation 2 Nov 20, 2008 89 out of 100 89
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 4.4 out of 5 88
gameZine (UK) Windows Oct 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Oct 06, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Dec 24, 2008 B 75
Gamekult Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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Server shutdown

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