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The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time

List RulesVote up the best video games in the ice hockey genre.

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 -- which are also listed on the best of the NHL video games series.

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

    1993
    47
    11

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts, Park Place Productions

    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 "94" in the  ...more
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    Adam Hadley addedDec 23 1988
    25
    7

    DeveloperKonami

    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 and  ...more
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    NHL series

    2006
    28
    19

    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios, Visual Concepts

    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 from  ...more
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    #125 of 172 The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time#387 of 454 The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

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    NHLPA Hockey '93

    1992
    16
    7

    DeveloperPark Place Productions

    NHLPA Hockey '93 is a Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES ice hockey game released in December 1992.  ...more
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    NHL 10

    2009
    21
    15

    DeveloperEA Canada

    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 99

    Sep 28 1998
    16
    10

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts

    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 from NHL  ...more
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    NHL 2K10

    2009
    20
    17

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    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, and  ...more
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    NHL 2004

    2003
    13
    9

    DeveloperEA Canada, EA Black Box

    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 adds 3  ...more
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    NHL 14

    Sep 10 2013
    12
    9

    DeveloperEA Canada

    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 was  ...more
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    NHL Legacy Edition

    10
    5
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    NHL 09

    2008
    17
    16

    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios

    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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    Adam Hadley added

    NHL 2000

    Aug 31 1999
    13
    10

    DeveloperEA Canada, Tiertex Design Studios

    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 game  ...more
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    NHL 15

    2014
    13
    12

    DeveloperEA Canada

    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 days  ...more
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    Adam Hadley added

    NHL Hitz 2003

    Sep 16 2002
    10
    9

    DeveloperEA Black Box, Exient Entertainment

    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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    NHL 95

    Nov 01 1994
    12
    11

    DeveloperVisual Concepts, Electronic Arts, Park Place Productions

    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.  ...more
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    NHL 08

    2007
    11
    10

    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios

    NHL 08 is a video game that was scheduled to be released on September 11, 2007 in North America but was delayed for a day due to shipping issues. NHL 08 features the Skill Stick System which EA says  ...more
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    Adam Hadley added

    NHL 98

    Oct 23 1997
    10
    11

    DeveloperEA Canada

    NHL 98 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released on August 31, 1997 and was the successor to NHL 97. It was the last installment of the NHL series to be  ...more
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    NHL 2001

    11
    12
    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 hockey  ...more
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    NHL 2K11

    Aug 24 2010
    16
    20

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    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 game  ...more
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    NHL 12

    Sep 08 2011
    14
    17

    DeveloperEA Canada

    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. The  ...more
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    NHL 96

    Oct 26 1995
    9
    11

    DeveloperAcclaim Cheltenham, EA Canada, EA Tiburon

    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.  ...more
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    NHL 19

    2018
    6
    8

    DeveloperEA Vancouver

    NHL 19 is an ice hockey simulation video game developed by EA Vancouver and published by EA Sports. It was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 14, 2018. It is the 28th installment in  ...more
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    NHL 07

    Sep 12 2006
    8
    10

    DeveloperEA Canada, EA Montreal

    NHL 07 is an ice hockey video game. It was released on September 12, 2006, the successor to NHL 06. The game improved the series' gameplay with more realistic features, such as stickhandling and a  ...more
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    NHL 06

    Sep 06 2005
    7
    9

    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios

    NHL 06 is a hockey-simulation video game that was released in September 2005 with a North America-wide TV campaign proclaiming, "The Rush is Back!". The game features a slight graphics improvement  ...more
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    NHL Slapshot

    2010
    12
    17

    DeveloperEA Canada

    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, mainly  ...more
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