NHL 10

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NHL 10
The cover of NHL 10 featuring Patrick Kane
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series NHL series
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA September 15, 2009
  • AUS September 17, 2009
  • EU September 18, 2009
Genre(s) Sports (ice hockey)
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (online, local)

NHL 10 is a video game in the NHL series developed and released by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts, and is the 19th game in the series. The game debuted at Hockey Fest '09, a three-day interactive festival celebrating the sport of hockey and the Los Angeles Kings, which took place in downtown Los Angeles from August 28 to 30.[1]

Its tagline is "Good Old Hockey," with television ads featuring the Stompin' Tom Connors favourite "The Hockey Song" (also known as "The Good Old Hockey Game"). It is the first game in the NHL series by EA Sports not to get a PC release and the first since NHL 2001 not to get a PlayStation 2 release. On October 1, 2011, all online services for NHL 10 were discontinued.[2]

New features[edit]

  • Battle on the Boards: A new board play physics engine lets players shield the puck along the boards, kick-pass it to teammates, or pin an opponent.[3]
  • Intimidation Tactics: Players are able to fore-check defenders, pressure the puck, and finish checks to force your opposing skaters into making mistakes. Engaging the opposing team's star players will now instigate players and fans. Skaters who frequently harass star players will become antagonized by the opposing crowd and players.[3]
  • Post-Whistle Action: Players are able to finish checks, retaliate for late shots on goal, draw penalties, and pick fights after the referee blows the whistle.[3]
  • New First Person Fighting Engine: Players controlling the team's enforcer are able to engage instigators in a new first person fighting simulator.[3]
  • Spectacular Goals: Introducing spectacular new ways to score, like players one-timing loose pucks, stick-handling and shooting from their knees, batting pucks out of the air, and lifting a leg to fake a shot on goal.
  • New Precision Passing: A new 360° precision passing mechanic delivers control over the speed and direction of passes so players can bank passes off the boards or play the puck into space for teammates to skate on to it. Players take poor passes off their skates and kick the puck to their sticks.[3]
  • Improved Goalie Intelligence: Goaltenders will be able to position themselves more intelligently, react to shots more quickly, and recover from saves faster. NHL 10 features 250 new goalie animations, including swatting pucks out of the air, second and third saves, and desperation lunges.[3]
  • Interactive Atmosphere: Animations of fans within the game have been rendered to appear more lifelike and detailed. Playoff games will feature towel-waving fans and greater reactions from the crowds.[3]
  • Be A GM Mode: Players will now be able to control a team as if they were a general manager in the "Be A GM" mode. This feature enables players to build their own dynasty team through drafting, trading, and signing skaters. A player's success will be measured by the number of positive influences they have on their franchise.[3]
  • Battle for the Cup Mode: This mode allows players to choose two opposing teams and pit them against each other in the Stanley Cup Final. Players have the option to play a 1, 3, 5, or 7 game elimination round. The winning team will be presented with the Stanley Cup.

In addition to the standard NHL and AHL leagues, NHL 10 also features the Swedish Elitserien, Finland's SM-liiga, Germany's DEL, and the Czech O2 Extraliga, all of which were featured in the previous installment, NHL 09. This game also adds a new league, the Swiss National League A. Despite being featured in NHL 09 as the Russian Superleague and being one of the highest-ranked hockey leagues in the world, the Kontinental Hockey League was not featured in NHL 10. Like the previous game, NHL 10 features national teams from multiple countries; however they are not licensed by the IIHF and as such, the rosters used are not the official ones, and some countries' teams such as Great Britain's, Italy's, and Japan's have to use fictional characters on the rosters due to the lack of players and teams from their respective countries in the game.

Cover athlete[edit]

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is the cover athlete and official spokesman for NHL 10.[4] Other cover athletes include Mikko Koivu for Finland, Mikkel Bødker for Denmark, Mark Streit for Switzerland, and Nicklas Bäckström for Sweden.[5]


EA Sports officially announced NHL 10's soundtrack in July 2009.[6] It became available for purchase on July 31, 2009 in the form of an iMix on iTunes, containing all tracks that have been given official release. As such, tracks such as "Raccoon Eyes" are not included in the iMix due to not yet being released by their respective artists.[7]

NHL 2010 Soundtrack
Artist Song
Alexisonfire "Young Cardinals"
Cancer Bats "Deathsmarch"
CKY "Hellions on Parade"
Disco Ensemble "Golden Years"
Dragonforce "Heroes of Our Time"
Eagles of Death Metal "Anything 'Cept the Truth"
Earl Greyhound "Oye Vaya"
Green Day "Know Your Enemy"
Megadeth "Peace Sells"
MeTalkPretty "Wake Up! Wake Up!"
Ministry "Keys to the City"
MxPx "Kids in America (Kim Wilde Cover)"
Nickelback "Burn It to the Ground"
Papa Roach "Into the Light"
Priestess "Raccoon Eyes"
Rancid "The Bravest Kids"
Scorpions "Rock You Like a Hurricane"
Thousand Foot Krutch "Fire It Up"


Similar to NHL 09, Gary Thorne and Bill Clement once again provide commentary for NHL 10.


A demo was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace for gold and silver subscribers on August 20, 2009.[8] Since August 27, it has been available to download for silver members and for the at the PlayStation Network.[8] Like last year, the demo includes tutorials for shooting, deking, defensive moves, new additions like board play, and fighting, all the while playing as your created player. Once the tutorial is completed (or exited), the user then has access to a single 3rd period game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, symbolizing the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, where the player may choose which team to play as. Also, the user may play the Be A Pro NHL Entry Draft mode, in which the user plays a single 3rd period in a prospects game. After, they are rated on their performance and selected in the draft by an NHL team.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 89.14%[9]
(PS3) 87.98%[10]
Metacritic (X360) 88/100[11]
(PS3) 88/100[12]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A−[13]
Destructoid 9.5/10[14]
Game Informer 9.25/10[15]
GamePro 5/5 stars[16]
GameSpot 8.5/10[17]
GameTrailers 9.3/10[18]
GameZone 9/10[19][20]
IGN 8.7/10[21]
OXM 9/10[22]
PSM 4.5/5 stars[23]

The game was met with very positive reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 89.14% and 88 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version,[9][11] and 87.98% and 88 out of 100 for the PlayStation 3 version.[10][12]


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  5. ^ Sarkar, Samit (July 13, 2009). "Watch the NHL 10 international cover athletes do their thing". Destructoid. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Winfrey, Lorenzo (July 27, 2009). "EA Announces Fall Music Line Up for Sports Franchises". Zo Knows Gaming. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
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  13. ^ Nelson, Mike (September 14, 2009). "NHL 10 Review". 1UP.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ Sarkar, Samit (September 14, 2009). "Review: NHL 10 (PS3)". Destructoid. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ Bertz, Matt (October 2009). "NHL 10: NHL 10 Goes Top Shelf". Game Informer (198). Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ Dagley, Andrew (September 15, 2009). "NHL 10". GamePro. Archived from the original on September 16, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ Todd, Brett (September 14, 2009). "NHL 10 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "NHL 10 Review". GameTrailers. September 15, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ Lafferty, Michael (September 8, 2009). "NHL 10 - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 14, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  20. ^ Hopper, Steven (September 8, 2009). "NHL 10 - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 12, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ Ahearn, Nate (September 14, 2009). "NHL 10 Review". IGN. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ Dyer, Mitch (September 16, 2009). "NHL 10". Official Xbox Magazine. Archived from the original on September 25, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Review: NHL 10". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 80. November 2009. 

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