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After establishing themselves in the virtual rinks, EA combined both NHL and NHLPA licenses in NHL '94, allowing them to feature all 26 real teams (including both expansion teams) and players of the new NHL season for the first time in the series.

Aside from the licenses, the gameplay for this edition sees for the first time the inclusion of the devastating one-timer shot, but to keep forwards (literally) in check, defenders also feature harder body checks, with new animations. For an additional challenge, players can also choose to control the goalkeeper manually. A popular feature in previous editions, fighting is completely removed from the game. Game modes include exhibition games (or "regular season" in-game), playoffs (best of one or best of seven) and an all new shoot-out mode. The main options remain basically the same couple since the establishment of the series - period length (5, 10 or 20 minutes), line changes (off, manual or the new automatic mode) and penalties (off, on, on but no offsides).

While there are some minor differences between platforms (Genesis features record keeping for users and the MegaCD version has more stat screens, CD quality audio backdrops and the usual highlight clips here and there), only the PC version released at the same time features complete season action.


NHL '94 SNES The game even includes a digital trading card of every player. Here's looking at you, Steve.
NHL '94 SNES Penalty shots and overtime shootouts are another addition to 94's lineup of features.
NHL '94 Genesis On the breakaway
NHL '94 SNES A neat little easter egg for the hardcore hockey fans - get the San Jose Sharks on the power play in their own building and Jaws music will start playing while the fans do "The Chomp".

Promo Images

NHL '94 Magazine Advertisement pp. 20-21

Alternate Titles

  • "NHL Pro Hockey 94" -- Japanese SNES title
  • "NHL Hockey 94 " -- In-game title
  • "NHL Hockey '94" -- European title

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User Reviews

The greatest game ever made SNES sprewell (2)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SNES Jun 04, 2000 A 100
High Score Genesis Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Sega Force Genesis Dec 09, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Play Time Genesis Dec, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Mega Fun Genesis Oct, 1993 92 out of 100 92
The Retro Spirit SNES Dec 18, 2013 5.5 out of 6 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA CD May, 1994 90 out of 100 90 SEGA CD Jan 22, 2009 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
MAN!AC SEGA CD Apr, 1994 89 out of 100 89


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NHL '94 is included in the PS2 version of NHL 06.


  • GamePro
    • February 1994 (Vol. 6, Issue 2) - Sports Game of the Year (1993 Editors' Choice Awards)
Information also contributed by Big John WV

Related Web Sites

  • "John Madden Hockey" (Read-Only Memory, 2015) (Detailed article about the influences of the John Madden football games on the creation of NHL '94. Article written by Blake J. Harris with illustrations by Eleanor Crow.)
  • (A comprehensive fansite entirely dedicated to NHL94)
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