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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 Three stars are highlighted after the patch ends.
NHL 09 Windows Team selection screen.
NHL 09 Windows Today's match-up.
NHL 09 Windows Loading screen.

Promo Images

NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot


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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows SnubPollard (155)

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Oct 12, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93 Xbox 360 Sep 19, 2008 90 out of 100 90
IGN PlayStation 3 Sep 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
IC-Games Xbox 360 Nov 20, 2008 89 out of 100 89
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 4.4 out of 5 88 PlayStation 3 Sep 18, 2008 86 out of 100 86
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Oct 06, 2008 16 out of 20 80
gameZine (UK) PlayStation 3 Oct 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80


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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.