NHL 2004

Strategy Guide

Bonus players

Create a player using one of the following names of members of the band Alien Ant Farm: Terence Corso, Mike Cosgrove, Dryden Mitchell, or Tye Zamora. The game will adjust the players face and statistics automatically to match that band member.

Create a player using one of the following names of members of the band Gob: Theo Gobzinakis, Gabe Metal, Gob Stomper, Tom Whacker, Pat Wolfman, or Craig Would. The game will adjust the players face and statistics automatically to match that band member. Note: In the GameCube version, entering Gabe Metal (another band member) will cause the game to freeze.

Look at the credits screen in the game and choose any name from the EA development team. Enter that name at the create player option. The game will tell you that it has this player in its database, and automatically adjusts the stats and appearance accordingly. For example, try the names Roy Armes, Dean Richards, Pin Tang, or Dave Warfield.

2 upgrade points in Dynasty mode

Reach level 2 in your EA Sports Bio.

Commentators have a deep voice

Reach level 4 in your EA Sports Bio.

Big head mode

Reach level 8 in your EA Sports Bio.

2 GM office rewards in Dynasty mode

Reach level 12 in your EA Sports Bio.

3 upgrade points in Dynasty mode

Reach level 18 in your EA Sports Bio.

Mile Wide Stadium

Reach level 24 in your EA Sports Bio.

Commentators have chipmunk voice

Reach level 32 in your EA Sports Bio.

Easy experience points

For easy experience points in GM mode, sign a free agent during the regular season and trade him for a draft pick or for nothing. This should net you 20 experience points each time it is done. Note: The game eventually stops giving you points for doing this.

Easy goals

When you have the puck, swing around the opponent's net. If the goalie is on the other side, then shoot with back hand shot. Note: This best works with two players, so that other person can distract the goalie.

Use the following trick to get an easy goal about 75% of the time. Take the puck down the ice very fast with your winger (either side works). Stop at the goal line at the board. Make sure that nobody comes and picks the puck from you. Your center man will most likely be standing directly in front of the goal. Wait until you have a clear pass to him then do a one-timer and he will score. You will probably have to move around a lot to get the open slot, and to keep from getting picked off.

Set the game on the beginner difficulty setting, then skate across the goal crease and shoot once you get to the other side. You will score about 98% of the time. Note: Do not let anyone block or the goalie to steal the puck when you shoot.

When you get the puck, skate down to the opponent's end and go directly to the bottom of one of the circles. Then, make a straight dash in front of the net. Just when you pass the goalie, shoot the puck and it will go in almost all the time.

Go behind the net with a player and then press the Analog-stick in the opposite direction. This will make the player stop. When this is done, no players will go behind the net. You can now look for space and make a breakaway pass. This is very effective for breakaway goals.

Take a fast player down the rink and skate around all the players until you get in their end zone. Then, go up to the goalie, go to the other side of him, and shoot. About 90% of the time you will score. Try it with someone like Jagr or Iginla.

Bouncing puck

Go to game settings menu and adjust the "Puck Friction", "Puck Gravity" and every option you can adjust on that screen that has to do with the puck. Go to a game and shoot the puck down the ice. If it does not hit the goalie, the puck should be bouncing all over the place until it runs out of speed.

Getting good players

In dynasty mode, rack up on draft picks by signing unwanted free agents and trading them to random teams for draft picks. Doing this also earns you GM experience points.

Use the following trick to get high draft picks without trading good players. Once a draft is completed, see which teams took the first few picks and remember their names. Go to the "Trade Players" screen in the GM menu. The team that just took their first round pick will usually trade away that player for a third or first round pick. Note: You do not receive your draft picks to trade until the beginning of the next season.

You can easily make all the other teams in the league in dynasty mode go broke by simply trading them salaries. Go to the Free Agency screen and sign anyone desired (the worse the better) for long-term contracts and millions of dollars. Then, trade those players to the other teams. The CPU will accept any trade if they do not have to give up anything in return (for example, a trade for a 50 overall defenseman with a 6 year deal worth $25 million a season). Doing this allows you to sign free agents in the off season very easily, as no one else will be able to afford them.

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