NHL 09 is EA Sports' next installment of their hockey franchise. Calgary Flame's young, hardhitting defensmen, Dion Phaneuf, will be the cover boy. EA is expanding on features from past games such as the "Skill Stick" and "Create-A-Play." The are also introducing new things such as "Be A Pro Mode" and improved defensive controls.
First is the Defensive Skill Stick. NHL 08 gave you true offensive prowess with the Skill Stick, and this year we're giving you the power to stop it. Block passing lanes with 360 control of your stick or kill an opponent's one timer game by lifting their stick just before they receive a pass. Second is the Be A Pro Mode. NHL 09 will put you on the ice with a dynamic new 3rd person camera as you play the role of one player on a team. Our Performance Tracker will rate your play in over 50 categories, to make sure you know what parts of your game need to improve Be A Pro starts your career off in the ranks of the AHL and challenges you to become one of the best in the NHL. Your very own hockey card will mark your progress, from your rookie beginnings to a potentially legendary ending. Third is the Create-A-Play Breakout Feature. The ice is your canvas and it's up to you to paint a winning strategy in both online and offline play. Create breakout plays from your own zone or set up behind your net and tell your right winger to look for the flip dump from the defenseman. Foruth is NHL 94 Controls. Hit, pass, shoot, and score using the simplified two-button control system featured in NHL 94. Now even players new to the game can challenge the best of the best. Fifth is One-handed Dekes. NHL 09 adds another weapon to you offensive arsenal - the one handed deke. When you are skating in on a breakaway tap the puck to one hand and tuck the puck behind a sprawling goalie for the ultimate finish. Sixth is Check Hard and Fight. An All-new physics-based checking and fighting engine featuring more than 300 new animations brings a higher-level of intensity to the game. Watch players reach for the ice to soften their fall or simply get laid out on their back when you catch them with their head down in open ice. Circle your opponent, grab his jersey and settle a mid-game score. This information was taken directly from EA Website