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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 Loading screen.
NHL 09 Windows Let the deathmatch begin.
NHL 09 Windows Title screen.

Promo Images

NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot


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A decent hockey game Windows SnubPollard (146)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Sep 22, 2008 A 100
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 3 Sep 17, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Sep 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Boomtown Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IC-Games Windows Nov 20, 2008 89 out of 100 89
G4 TV: X-Play PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2008 80 out of 100 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.