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List Rules Vote 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.

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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Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
nhl94halifax added Ice Hockey

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NHL 99 is listed (or ranked) 5 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 09 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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NHL 2K11 is listed (or ranked) 7 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 10 is listed (or ranked) 8 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 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 Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 10 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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NHL 2000 is listed (or ranked) 11 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 15 is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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 14 is listed (or ranked) 14 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 2001 is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 16 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 11 is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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 97 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1996 NHL 97 is an ice hockey video game by EA Sports. It was released on October 31, 1996 and was the successor to NHL 96.

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NHL Hitz 2003 is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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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Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
1990 Slap Shot is an ice hockey game released by Sega in 1990 for their Sega Master System. This game has nothing to do with the 1977 Hollywood film Slap Shot; dealing with international ice hockey ...more

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NHL 98 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1997 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 2002 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
LadislavBleha added NHL 2002 is a video game released by EA Sports on September 17, 2001. It is the predecessor to NHL 2003. The game's cover man is Pittsburgh Penguins superstar and owner Mario Lemieux.

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NHL 95 is listed (or ranked) 25 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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NHL 08 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 2007 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 ...more

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NHL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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NHL 06 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 2005 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 ...more

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NHL 07 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 2006 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 ...more

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NHL FaceOff is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added NHL FaceOff 1995 NHL FaceOff is a video game series published by Sony Computer Entertainment and based on the National Hockey League. Originally released for the PlayStation, the game spawned many sequels for ...more

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NHLPA Hockey '93 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1992 NHLPA Hockey '93 is a Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES ice hockey game released in December 1992.

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NHL 2005 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 2004 NHL 2005, the successor to NHL 2004, is a hockey video game first released on September 14, 2004 in North America and September 24, 2004 in the PAL region.

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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 20... is listed (or ranked) 33 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 2003 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2002 NHL 2003 is the 11th edition of the popular EA Sports NHL series, a hockey video game, released on the successor to NHL 2002. Jarome Iginla appears as the cover athlete and spokesperson of the ...more

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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Super Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
1994 Super Ice Hockey, released in Japan as Super Hockey '94, is an ice hockey video game that enjoyed a release in Japan and Europe for the Super NES/Famicom. It is based on the international level ...more

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NHL 13 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added NHL 13 2012 NHL 13 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada published by EA Sports. It is the 22nd installment of the NHL series and was released on September 11, 2012 in North America, Europe as ...more

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Mario Lemieux Hockey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Mario Lemieux Hockey

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Wayne Gretzky Hockey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
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Brett Hull Hockey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
1994 Brett Hull Hockey is an ice hockey video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in addition to MS-DOS compatible personal computers developed in 1994 by Accolade Inc. and Ringler

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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 20... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
2006 NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 is an ice hockey management simulation game in the Eastside Hockey Manager series. It is developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. The game was ...more

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Brett Hull Hockey '95 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ice Hockey Games of All Time
1995 Brett Hull Hockey '95 is a traditional ice hockey simulation video game released on January 1995 for multiple platforms; including the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and ...more