What It Is
EA's latest edition in the NHL franchise, NHL 09, retains and improves upon last year's version with some impressive visual upgrades and new player modes. The Skill Stick system from the past two NHL games, which gives the player more control over 1-on-1 matchups, is back but tweaked to bring precision control to the defensive side of the puck. New this year, the Be A Pro mode allows players to create and compete as their own athlete. The better you play as this athlete the farther you will progress, eventually progressing from the AHL to the NHL and earning your own hockey card.