Create a player and enter one of the following names.
The game will complete his abilities and stats. Some players will
also have a portrait.
Most of the real-life EA Sports personnel who worked on making
the game are available as hidden characters. To access the EA
players, go to the create-a-player section and input any EA Sports
personnel name, which can be found in the credits section towards
the back of the instruction booklet. Most (but not all) of the
names exist as hidden players, including several names from the
"thanks" list, along with commentator Jim Hughson,
rink announcer Jon McComb and Vancouver Canucks coach/NHL
2003 strategist Marc Crawford. If you play in franchise
mode, these players will occasionally appear in the rookie draft
for you to sign. Note that the female Christian names have been
substituted for viable male alternatives: e.g. Susan Smith is
Steve Smith, and Christine Staples is Christie Staples.
You will have to experiment to work the girls out. If you can
be bothered to create enough of the players, you can fill out
the EA Blades and EA Storm Custom Teams with actual EA Sports
players to give you a further two teams to play with.
At the created player screen, enter various names of real players
that do not appear in the rosters (such as Eric Lindros).
Their exact profile and face will appear.
Create a player using one of the following names of members of
the Bare Naked Ladies: Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart,
Steven Page, Ed Robertson, or Kevin Hearn.
The game will adjust the players face and statistics automatically
to match that band member.
Enter the following as a last name in create a character and the
game will say the phrase when you score or get selected for three
stars, get a penalty etc.: The Dude, Hammer, The
Wall. Remember, the entries with two words are both in the
last name field.
Enter Claw X as a name to create a player by that same
Enter Wayne Gretzky as a created player name to unlock
Announced created player names:
In the create a player option, use common last names
(for example, Murray) or last names of players already present
to have them announced during the game.
Easter Egg cards:
To get an Easter Egg cheat card, win ten games in a
row without boosting your goalie or players with the same NHL
team. You cannot use an international team. You must win one hundred
games in row to unlock all of the cheats.
Hint: Deflection shot:
Get the puck to the offensive zone near the blue line.
Hold Deflection/Short Block while shooting. One of your
players will skate to the front of the net and deflect the puck
Hint: Easy goals:
If you are skating with someone that has a very high
rank in the Deke category such as Joe Sakic, Kariya, etc., once
you get past the opposition's blue line, press Down, then
press Auto Deke. Immediately after he is done with the
Deke, press Shoot. You will score about 95% of the time.
Take any big shooter and let him take a slapshot directly in the
middle of the hash marks. Shoot for the top corner. This will
work about 90% of the time. If a defender is on you, once in three
zone move to the left or right, then cut back left or right and
take you slapshot.
Fake to the left, then Deke to the right and do a wrist shot.
Get the puck to one of your skaters that is a hero (player that
has a red name instead of black). Go in front of the other team's
net. You must be about in the middle of the red circles in front
of the net. Then, wind up for a slapshot, fill the meter all the
way to the top, and shoot. You will score about 85% of the time
with no one in front of you.
Under any difficulty setting, skate the puck into the offensive
zone and speed burst past the defenseman. By this time, you will
be just "southeast" of the goaltender. At this point
another forward should have skated to the other post and is waiting
for a pass. Pass the puck over and press Shoot. Almost
every time the goaltender will flop to the ice, leaving you an
A player with good shot aim or puck handling is recommended. Set
"Shot Aim" to "Manual". Choose the away team
so your goal is on the top part of the screen. Give the puck to
a right-handed wing or center. They often shoot the best. Take
the puck down to the big circle on the right with the cross in
it. As you get to the cross press Shoot and hold Down.
It should put the puck right through the five hole. Note: This
will not work every time. For the same results you can do the
opposite and give the puck to a left handed person and shoot from
the left circle. Lefties seem to do this better.
Hint: Constant fights:
Set all "Fighting", "Aggression",
and "Hitting" power bars up to full. Turn off "Penalties"
and "Injuries", set the "Fatigue" bar right
down, then create two teams with the following players. To make
a fight break out, skate into any opposing player and press Deke.
Try it with a friend for best results.
Hint: Smash players into the glass:
Get a hard hitter such as Brenndon Shannahan. When
a CPU or human player is near the glass, press Big Hit
for a chance to break the glass with them.
Hint: Use NHL player's face and picture
for a created player:
When entering a name for a created player, use an existing
NHL player's name. A prompt will confirm that the player is in
the database and then ask if you want to create a player like
him. Select "Yes" and you will receive his face type
and picture for you player. You can then enter any name and stats
once you have finished.
Hint: Getting good players:
Use the following trick to Get good players easily
with CPU Trading on. After you go through the first season and
the playoffs, you will be in the off-season. Make sure that you
only have two goaltenders on your roster, then enter the rookie
draft. If you scroll down, you will notice that there are usually
good goaltenders in the rookie draft, as they are usually passed
over by other teams for some reason. Draft the best goalie you
can find, then in the regular season, trade him for a good player.
With a decent goalie, you can get Dany Heatley or Ilya Kovalchuk.
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