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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 Pat Verbeek gets 2 minute penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows Crossing the blue line.
NHL 2003 Windows The coach is not happy about this penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows Two team USA players

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NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot


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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 23, 2002 89 out of 100 89 GameCube Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN Windows Oct 03, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Windows Oct 09, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 19, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 14, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83 Windows May 18, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Gameplanet GameCube Nov 19, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Armchair Empire, The Windows Feb 01, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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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