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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 Team USA forward lines
NHL 2003 Windows Pat Verbeek gets 2 minute penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows One Dallas player and one Montreal player ready for face off.
NHL 2003 Windows You can create your own players.

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Critic Reviews

GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 22, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 23, 2002 89 out of 100 89
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Nov, 2002 88 out of 100 88 Xbox Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN Windows Oct 03, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88 Windows Sep 04, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN GameCube Oct 03, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87 PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2002 16 out of 20 80
X-Power Xbox Jun 02, 2003 8 out of 10 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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