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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 Maine Menu
NHL 09 Windows Broadcast view.
NHL 09 Windows A shoot out since the game ended 4:4.
NHL 09 Windows Hybrid Controls.

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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows Juhani Ojaniemi (125)

Critic Reviews

Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 3 Sep 17, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Da Gameboyz Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9.1 out of 10 91
Boomtown Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation 3 Sep 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Deaf Gamers Xbox 360 Sep 27, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IC-Games PlayStation 2 Nov 20, 2008 89 out of 100 89
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Console Monster Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 84 out of 100 84
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2008 B+ 83
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 16 out of 20 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.