EA SPORTS™ welcomes you to NHL®09, the series that is coming off of 7 "Sports Game of the Year" awards. A new Be A Pro mode allows gamers to step on the ice as themselves and progress from the AHL to the NHL in a quest to become the next great NHL superstar. NHL09 will also be the first true console sports massively multiplayer online game, allowing you to assemble a team online featuring your created player and five friends in the new EA SPORTS™ Hockey League. The game also features an all new defensive skill stick that allows for stick sweeps, better poke checks and the ability to lift an opponent's stick to prevent a shot.
- ALL EYES ARE ON YOU
Be a Pro by creating a player for an entire career. Earn trophies and your very own hockey card as your coach rates you in 60 categories. Play well or you might get traded.
- EA SPORTS™ HOCKEY LEAGUE
Throw your newly created player online, join a team, and become one of the first to experience Massive Multiplayer Online play in a console sports video game. Featuring live six vs. six team play, become the first great name in online hockey.
- NEW DEFENSIVE SKILL STICK
NHL® 08 provided true offensive prowess with the Skill Stick, now you have the power to stop it. Block passing lanes with 360° control of your stick or disrupt an opponent's one-timer by lifting their stick just before they receive a pass.
- GET EVERYONE IN THE GAME
Shoot, pass and score using a simplified two-button control system from the glory days of NHL® 94. With the addition of the Czech, German, and Russian leagues, everyone around the globe can enjoy the fastest sport on earth.
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