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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.

Screenshots

NHL 2003 Windows Players ready to start 1st period.
NHL 2003 Windows So close, but it's not a goal.
NHL 2003 Windows Team USA forward lines
NHL 2003 Windows You can view each players stats.

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

GameZone Windows Oct 18, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
4Players.de GameCube Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Gamesmania.de Windows Sep 04, 2002 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer UK Windows Nov, 2002 81 out of 100 81
PC Zone Benelux Windows Oct, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Oct 23, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Oct 25, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Officiel Nintendo Magazine GameCube Dec, 2002 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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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