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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 Team USA forward lines
NHL 2003 Windows Loading screen, Dallas vs Montreal
NHL 2003 Windows Crossing the blue line.
NHL 2003 Windows Pat Verbeek gets 2 minute penalty.

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


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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 09, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameZone GameCube Oct 20, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy GameCube Nov 11, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 14, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Joystick (French) Windows Oct, 2002 8 out of 10 80
X-Power Xbox Jun 02, 2003 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2002 16 out of 20 80 PlayStation 2 Mar 06, 2003 79.5 out of 100 80


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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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