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This is a list of the best ice hockey games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated ice hockey games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest ice hockey games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these ice hockey games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging ice hockey games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new ice hockey games.

Examples include NHL 2K10 and NHL 2003.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best ice hockey games?" and "What is the greatest ice hockey game of all time?"
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NHL '94 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
RegWhitecalf added 1993
NHL '94 is an ice hockey game by EA Sports for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo and Sega CD, as well as the first release for the PC, simply titled "NHL Hockey", without the ...more

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NHL 2K10 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2009
NHL 2K10 is an ice hockey simulation developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, part of the NHL 2K series. It was released on September 15, 2009 for Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, ...more

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NHL series is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2006
NHL is a series of professional ice hockey simulation video games developed by EA Canada and published yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports brand. The game is developed under license ...more

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NHL 10 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2009
NHL 10 is a video game in the NHL series developed and released by EA Canada and published by EA Sports, and is the 19th game in the series. The game debuted at Hockey Fest '09, a three-day ...more

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NHL 09 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2008
NHL 09 is the 17th video game in the NHL series released by EA Sports. NHL 09 was first released in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 10, 2008, and on September 25, 2008 ...more

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Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
nhl94halifax added Ice Hockey

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NHL 15 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
flipkickflip added
NHL 15 is a hockey video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is the 24th installment of the NHL series and was released on September 9, 2014 in North America and three ...more

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NHL 14 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added NHL 14 2013
NHL 14 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is the 23rd installment of the NHL series and was released on September 10, 2013 in North America, and ...more

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NHL 12 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2011
NHL 12 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. The game was released between September 8–13, 2011, in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America. ...more

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NHL 2000 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1999
NHL 2000 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released on August 31, 1999 and was the successor to NHL 99. The game did not boast great improvements to the ...more

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NHL 99 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1998
NHL 99 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released on September 28, 1998 and was the successor to NHL 98. The game boasted great improvements to the game ...more

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NHL Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2010
NHL Slapshot is EA Sports' first ice hockey video game on the Wii. The game was released on September 7, 2010. It was the first game in the NHL series since NHL 2005 to receive an E rating, ...more

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Blades of Steel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1988
Blades of Steel, later released in Japan as Konamic Ice Hockey, is an ice hockey video game released by Konami for North American arcades in 1987, and ported to the Family Computer Disk System ...more

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NHL 2K11 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2010
NHL 2K11 is an ice hockey video game, developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. The game was released on August 24, 2010. It is the 11th and final game in the NHL 2K series. The ...more

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NHL Legacy Edition is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
fandom101 added NHL Legacy Edition

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NHL 95 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1994
NHL 95 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis.

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Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
1981
Ice Hockey is an ice hockey video game designed by Activision programmer Alan Miller, and published by Activision.

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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 20... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2005
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 is an ice hockey management simulation game in the Eastside Hockey Manager series. It was developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. The European ...more

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NHL 2001 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added
NHL 2001 is a video game released by Electronic Arts on September 28, 2000. It is the successor to NHL 2000. Add-on Elitserien was released on March 8, 2001, that added Swedish and Finnish ...more

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NHL 11 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added NHL 11
NHL 11 is an ice hockey video game celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the NHL series. The game was developed by EA Canada, published by EA Sports, and released in North America on ...more

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NHL 96 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1995
NHL 96 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada. It was released in 1995. This game was preceded by NHL 95, and was succeeded by NHL 97.

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NHL Hitz 2003 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 2002
NHL Hitz 2003, also known as NHL Hitz 20-03, is a hockey video game developed by Black Box Games and Exient Entertainment, and published by Midway Games. The game was released on the Xbox, ...more

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Mutant League Hockey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1994
Mutant League Hockey is a hockey game that was released in 1994 for the Sega Genesis. This video game is a spin-off of Mutant League Football and features several of the same team names and ...more

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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2004
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager is an ice hockey management simulation game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. It was the first commercial release in the Eastside Hockey Manager ...more

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NHL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 2003
NHL 2004, developed by the EA Black Box studios, is an ice hockey video game. It is the successor to NHL 2003 and is widely considered to be a major turning point in the NHL series. The game ...more