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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 That looks painful.
NHL 2003 Windows Team USA player blocking team Finland's player.
NHL 2003 Windows Team finland arrives at the arena.
NHL 2003 Windows Face off from broadcast camera

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NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot
NHL 2003 Screenshot


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Critic Reviews

GameZone Windows Oct 18, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
GamePro (US) GameCube Oct 01, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90 Windows Sep 04, 2002 88 out of 100 88 PlayStation 2 Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88 GameCube Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN GameCube Oct 03, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Xbox Nov 06, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83 PlayStation 2 Mar 06, 2003 79.5 out of 100 80
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Nov 23, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Factornews GameCube Nov 05, 2002 6 out of 10 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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