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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 Players ready to start 1st period.
NHL 2003 Windows Before the match starts, you will see best clips from other games with the team you selected.
NHL 2003 Windows Two team USA players
NHL 2003 Windows Main menu

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


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Fantastic NHL action Xbox John-Michael Matthews (3)

Critic Reviews GameCube Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
GameSpy GameCube Nov 11, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot GameCube Oct 14, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 30, 2002 81 out of 100 81
PC Zone Benelux Windows Oct, 2002 80 out of 100 80 PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2002 16 out of 20 80 Windows Oct 24, 2002 16 out of 20 80 Windows May 18, 2003 16 out of 20 80 Windows Oct 25, 2002 79 out of 100 79
CyberMycha Windows Dec, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67


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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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