Summary: For years 2K has been the king of the Ice Hockey games. Now it's the turn of EA's NHL 09 to leave the competition stranded and on thin ice. There's no doubt about it this time, EA's game has what it takes to be the winner.
Conclusion: It pains me to say that I can't give NHL 09 a perfect score, but a 9.5 out of 10 is darn close. The few minor little problems are far outweighed by all of the great aspects of this game. There are no parts of this game that can be considered a weakness (online doesn't count because it's the servers that are having the troubles). Be A Pro is one of the best modes of gameplay I've experienced in a sports game in a very long time.