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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.

Screenshots

NHL 09 Windows Replay mode.
NHL 09 Windows Player information.
NHL 09 Windows Face off in front of the enemy teams goal.
NHL 09 Windows Players arrive at the arena.

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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows Juhani Ojaniemi (128)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Age Xbox 360 Sep 22, 2008 A 100
GameFocus PlayStation 3 Sep 28, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 3 Sep 17, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Sep 17, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation 3 Sep 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Boomtown Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 9 out of 10 90
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 16 out of 20 80
gameZine (UK) PlayStation 2 Oct 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80

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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.

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