Winner of seven Sports Videogame of the Year awards, the EA Sports NHL series continues to lead the charge with a new Be A Pro mode, a revolutionary online experience and innovative control additions, while continuing to deliver an unrivalled level of authenticity of the sport.
Step onto the ice in the new Be A Pro mode, and feel what it's like to be an NHL superstar. Create your player, choose your position and become part of the squad of your favourite team.
NHL 09 introduces the EA Sports Hockey League (EASHL), a fully-human controlled 6 vs. 6 online hockey experience, connecting gamers worldwide like never before. Play selfish, sloppy hockey and you could find yourself without a team. Play well and you may find other teams looking to acquire your services. Using the same dynamic on-ice view as the Be A Pro mode, each player has a third person camera putting them right on the ice.
The ground-breaking Skill Stick System evolves in NHL 09 to bring an unmatched level of control on the defensive side of the puck. The all-new Defensive Skill Stick will enable you to sweep your stick 360 degrees to block passing lanes, poke check effectively and introduces stick lifts to hockey videogames. In attack, the Skill Stick adds the one-handed deke to your arsenal of weapons.
Players can now make highlight reel plays by having the ability to tap the puck to one hand, and slide it past a sprawling goalie.
- Start in the ranks of the American Hockey League and work your way up into the NHL progressing towards your ultimate goal of becoming an NHL legend
- The new Performance Tracker rates your play in over 60 categories, and provides constant feedback to help you improve
- Take your created player online and join a team with friends, or scout for players online