GameSpy writes: "EA's NHL series filled many fans' college years, our own included, with dorm-room rivalries, notebook style stat-tracking and more than one broken controller. We weren't huge hockey fans, but learned the sport merely through exposure to the cyber-players inside that little cartridge. Roenick. Gretzky. Yzerman. Coffey. Borque. The list went on and on. The game featured simple pass, check and shoot gameplay, yet it never felt restrictive and always delivered new strategies. What does all this have to do with NHL 2K9? It seems, at first glance, that the game is almost an homage or return to hockey's cyber-roots."