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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 Today's match-up.
NHL 09 Windows A small fight on the ice.
NHL 09 Windows As always the game comes with the complete license.

Promo Images

NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Other UK cover art - Windows - CMYK
NHL 09 Screenshot
NHL 09 Screenshot


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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows SnubPollard (154)

Critic Reviews

NZGamer Xbox 360 Oct 15, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92 PlayStation 3 Sep 19, 2008 90 out of 100 90
GameDaily PlayStation 3 Sep 10, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Sep 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Sep 30, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
games xtreme Xbox 360 Oct 20, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Shark Xbox 360 Oct 08, 2008 B+ 83
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2008 80 out of 100 80
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Oct 06, 2008 16 out of 20 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.