With NHL 09, you not only get the best hockey game but by-far the best sports game available on the market right now. The 'Be a Pro' mode is solid and the plethora of options make this a hard game not to play. It would have been nicer to have my player drafted instead of picking the team Game Focus played with as it would have created a more authentic experience. It is a small wish and can certainly be addressed next year if they want to.
NHL 09 is absolutely incredible and you owe it to yourself to pick up this title and get lost in everything it has to offer.