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The 2009 edition of EA Sports ice hockey simulation refreshes all of the existing NHL and international team rosters and schedules and adds the Russian Elite League and sees the the addition of the "Be A Pro"-mode in which players create a new player and only control him on the field. This mode is also available in multiplayer for up to 12 players in 6-on-6-matches in which every player on the ice is controlled by a human.

The defensive stick control has also been revamped and now allows for example to prevent direct passes. And it's possible to control both puck and stick with one hand in the offensive, allowing the player to better outplay the goalie. Of course all this complicates the already complex controls even more so that now it's possible to switch to the control scheme from NHL '94 which only needs a few buttons and one analog stick to be successful.


NHL 09 Windows Well, I lost the shoot out.
NHL 09 Windows Three stars are highlighted after the patch ends.
NHL 09 Windows Broadcast view.
NHL 09 Windows Today's match-up.

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NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot
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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows SnubPollard (153)

Critic Reviews

TeamXbox Xbox 360 Sep 08, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 9.25 out of 10 92
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9.25 out of 10 92
Da Gameboyz Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9.1 out of 10 91
GameDaily Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Game Shark PlayStation 3 Oct 08, 2008 B+ 83
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Oct 06, 2008 16 out of 20 80
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Game Captain Windows Nov 18, 2008 57 out of 100 57


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Server shutdown

Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions on 8th February 2011.