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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 The coach is not happy about this penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows Main menu
NHL 2003 Windows Crossing the blue line.
NHL 2003 Windows How can you miss that shot?

Promo Images

NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Other UK GameCube cover art
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Other UK PlayStation 2 cover art


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Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 23, 2002 89 out of 100 89 Windows Sep 04, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN GameCube Oct 03, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87 Windows Sep 14, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GameZone GameCube Oct 20, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85 GameCube Jul 18, 2003 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Xbox Nov 06, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 30, 2002 81 out of 100 81 GameCube Oct 24, 2002 16 out of 20 80 Xbox Oct 23, 2002 16 out of 20 80


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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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