NHL 2K3 is the first XBox Live-compatible hockey game.
Sega created NHL 2K3 using the same presentation method as ESPN, thanks to its partnership with the ESPN sports network. In collaboration with ESPN, natural camera transitions, cut scenes, and overlay graphics are all used to give the game a more realistic feel.
All standard game modes are present, including exhibition and playoff games and a very detailed Franchise mode that gives you complete control over your team. You take on the roles of general manager, coach, scout, and player. Contracts can be negotiated, trades can be made, and rookies can be drafted.
On the ice, you also have much power over your teammates. You can anchor lines with key players, rotate your lines to ensure you are always matched up, and have the advantage in every way.
You can also play online using XBox Live or XBox System Link. The latter allows you to connect to a player from anywhere and play hockey with them. You can use the headset to taunt or compliment your opponent without interfering with the game.
The following rosters are from the 2002-2003 season.