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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 Loading screen, Dallas vs Montreal
NHL 2003 Windows One Dallas player and one Montreal player ready for face off.
NHL 2003 Windows The coach is not happy about this penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows Players ready to start 1st period.

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GameZone Oct 18, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89 Sep 04, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN Oct 03, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88 Sep 14, 2002 85 out of 100 85
PC Gamer UK Nov, 2002 81 out of 100 81 May 18, 2003 16 out of 20 80 Oct 25, 2002 79 out of 100 79
GameSpy Oct 08, 2002 78 out of 100 78
Armchair Empire, The 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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Corn Popper (69280) added NHL 2003 (Windows) on Jul 29, 2003
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