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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 finland arrives at the arena.
NHL 2003 Windows The coach is not happy about this penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows You can create your own players.
NHL 2003 Windows Face off at finlands defence zone

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NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot


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Critic Reviews

GameZone Oct 18, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
PC Games (Germany) Oct 23, 2002 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89
IGN Oct 03, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Oct 09, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep 30, 2002 81 out of 100 81
PC Zone Benelux Oct, 2002 80 out of 100 80 Oct 24, 2002 16 out of 20 80 Oct 25, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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 (69779) added NHL 2003 (Windows) on Jul 29, 2003
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