- European and Russian League Depth – Paving the way in terms of authentic hockey league representation globally, NHL09 will feature Dynasty Modes that are representative of the official Swedish, Finnish, Czech, German and even Russia Leagues
- Skill Stick Evolved – Score on offense with one-handed dekes, protect puck moves, created breakouts, and dump and chase plays. Dominate on defence with sweeping poke checks and the new stick lifting ability
- Be a Pro – Create yourself and become an NHL Superstar. Coaches rate you in over 50 categories as you try and earn your very own hockey card and become a Hall of Famer
- NHL 94 Controls – Just like you remember. Two button controls that anyone can use. Hit, pass, shoot, and score against NHL experts
- Media Hub – Show the world your skills. Upload your best highlights to EA Sports World. Take screenshots for your own hockey card. Use your own music in every arena during team intros, after goals, and more.