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The Best NHL Games

Updated November 9, 2020 10.2k votes 1.9k voters 28.6k views32 items

List RulesGame must be part of the EA's NHL series.

Here is a list of the best NHL video games, ranked from greatest to worst by thousands of gamers' votes. If you think the coolest NHL game to play isn't as high as it should be then make sure to vote it up so that it has the chance to rise to the top. Are you and a friend arguing over what the greatest NHL hockey game of all time is? Use this list of each and every NHL video game to see how many people would agree with you and end the squabble once and for all. 

This list is kept up-to-date with all new releases and includes everything from NHL 2K10 to NHL 21 and more.

If you're wondering, "What are the greatest NHL games?" or "What is the best NHL game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions.

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  • 1
    638
    265

    NHL 14

    2013

    Cover athlete: Martin Brodeur (New Jersey)

  • 2
    545
    273

    Cover athletes: Tomas Sandstrom (Los Angeles), Andy Moog (Boston)

  • 3
    311
    209

    Cover athletes: Dany Heatley (Atlanta), Joe Sakic (Colorado)

  • 4
    342
    234

    NHL 12

    2011

    Cover athlete: Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay)

  • 5
    239
    161

    NHL 13

    2012

    Cover athlete: Claude Giroux (Philadelphia)

  • 6
    198
    136

    NHL 10

    2009

    Cover athlete: Patrick Kane (Chicago)

  • 7
    182
    136

    NHL 11

    2010

    Cover athlete: Jonathan Toews (Chicago)

  • 8
    243
    202

    NHL 09

    2008

    Cover athlete: Dion Phaneuf (Calgary)

  • 9
    211
    172

    NHL 07

    2006

    Cover athlete: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)

  • 10
    222
    185

    NHL 06

    2005

    Cover athlete: Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay)

  • 11
    190
    159

    NHL 19

    2018

    Cover athlete: P. K. Subban (Nashville)

  • 12
    168
    141

    Cover athlete: Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton)

  • 13
    273
    256

    NHL 17

    2016

    Cover athlete: Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis)

  • 14

    Cover athlete: N/A

  • 15
    41
    18

    NHL 21

    2020

    Cover athlete: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)

  • 16
    138
    121

    Cover athlete: Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)

  • 17

    Cover athlete: Rod Brind'Amour (Philadelphia), Mike Richter (New York Rangers), Randy Moller (New York Rangers

  • 18
    133
    132

    NHL 99

    1998

    Cover athlete: Eric Lindros (Philadelphia)

  • 19
    109
    109

    NHL 96

    1995

    Cover athletes: Scott Stevens (New Jersey), Steve Yzerman (Detroit)

  • 20
    186
    202

    NHL 16

    2015

    Cover athlete: Jonathan Toews (Chicago)

  • 21
    155
    167

    NHL 18

    2017

    Cover athlete: Connor McDavid (Edmonton)

  • 22
    116
    121

    NHL 08

    2007

    Cover athlete: Eric Staal (Carolina)

  • 23
    113
    119

    NHL 95

    1994

    Cover athletes: Alexei Kovalev (New York Rangers), Kirk McLean (Vancouver)

  • 24
    103
    124

    Cover athlete: Jarome Iginla (Calgary)

  • 25
    20
    15

    NHL 20

    2019

    Cover athlete: Auston Matthews (Toronto)