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This year's edition features many different modes of gameplay for the NHL enthusiast. Players can start the game right away in play now mode, play an international game, play through a playoff series, or start a franchise. The franchise mode puts you in charge of a team for a 10-year legacy. You can either play every game during a season or simulate each game and take a manager role. After each season, you have the option to play around with the roster in anticipation of next season. You can draft new players, sign free agents, make trades with other teams, and retire old players. Statistics are kept throughout the life of a franchise in several categories.

Also new this year is the use of the right analog stick to execute manual dekes and slip the puck past the goalkeeper.


NHL 2003 Windows How can you miss that shot?
NHL 2003 Windows Before the match starts, you will see best clips from other games with the team you selected.
NHL 2003 Windows Safe behind the goal
NHL 2003 Windows That looks painful.

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NHL 2003 Screenshot Xbox screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

IGN Xbox Oct 03, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87 Windows Sep 14, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 19, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Windows Oct 09, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot Xbox Nov 06, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Netjak GameCube Oct 07, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Nov 23, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Xbox Oct 23, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Level Windows Dec, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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EA cover curse

Curse or slump? You be the judge. Jarome Iginlia had 52 goals, 44 assists, was +27 and never missed a game in the 2001-02 season. He followed this up with his cover appearance and dropped to 35 goals, 32 assists and -10 with seven missed games in the 2002-03 season.

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