NHL 09 all the way.
I started with NHL 96 all the way until NHL 2002 or so.
Then I played 2K3 until 2K7.
But NHL 08 pulled me back to EA Sports and 09 is hands down the best hockey game I've ever played. I did give 2K9 a chance by playing the demo, but that game blows and it's an insult to hockey.
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