NHL 2001 PC Version Guide
[If anyone has any good ASCII skills and can write something fancy for NHL
2001, please do so, and then submit. You will get full credit. Thanks.]
Since I rarely ever see FAQ's for the greatest kind of games for the PC, I
decided to write this FAQ. Also, I want to make this spelling, grammar error
free, since every FAQ I see has so many errors in them. So if you see any
errors, please list them in an email.
Release Date: September 29, 2000.
0.1 - Started this FAQ, and it won't be released.
Added - Introduction, Version Info, Table of Contents, and Controls.
Date - Tuesday, September 19, 2000.
Size - 27.0 kb. (.doc)
0.2 - Adding and changing, not released.
Added - Changed FAQ to guide, added Minimum Requirements, Release Date, and
Date - Wednesday, September 20, 2000.
Size - 32.0 kb. (.doc)
0.3 - Realized that the guide was in a .doc format, so when I changed it to a
.txt file, it became much smaller.
Added - Nothing.
Date - Thursday, September 21, 2000.
Size - 6.78 kb. (.txt)
0.4 - Sending this version in! I am going to download that huge 50MB demo
tonight, with a 56k modem!
Added - Demo comments.
Date - Thursday, September 21, 2000.
Size - 15.3 kb. (.txt) ; the last size was incorrect, too. Or maybe this one
0.5 - It appears I have trouble with the size of the guide. I'll keep trying
Added - Empty sections, updated table of contents.
Date - Saturday, September 23, 2000.
Size - 8.83 kb?
0.6 - I think I've finally got the sizes down! Large update hopefully.
Added - Redid the controls with the actuals, added rules and options, empty
cheap tricks section, and a little part of exhibition mode on the game setup
Date - Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Size - 10.0 kb? This time I'll find out.
0.7 - Fixing paragraphs that are messed up.
Added - 2 cheap tricks, Misc. Websites section, added e-mail address to entro
(oops), and default controls to controls section.
Date - Thursday, September 28, 2000.
Size - 11.5 kb.
0.8 - Got competition now, gonna start updating a bit now. Erasing my email, so
if you didn't get it before, well too bad...(I was sent viruses by anonymous
Added - Got another joystick, added info on that. Season information. Websites
info. Created player info.
Date - Saturday, December 16, 2000.
Size - 20.7 kb.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
II. Minimum Requirements
III. Game Setup Screen
IV. Rules and Options
V. Season Mode
VII. Created Players, Teams
VIII. Online Season Tips
IX. Cheap Tricks (By Bryan017)
X. Websites for Misc. Stuff
The demo has been released (Thursday Sept. 21 2000)! You can get it at:
Just copy and paste this. There is no resume support though...
File size: 49.5 MB. This is an overnight download on a 56k modem. Don't even
try it on a 14.4. Cable should handle this no problem in about 30-45 minutes
(actually I am only guessing, this is how long it usually takes at my friend's
house to download a 50 MB file.)
This is basically all you can write about a PC game that hasn't been released
yet. Expect the guide to grow majorly once the game has been released. When I
get the game (probably October 1st, I live in Canada), Then I will add lots.
Don't expect too many additions until then.
|Pos.|Away |Home |
|C |Red |Blue |
|LW |Yellow|Green |
|RW |Pink |L.Blue|
|LD |Peach |Purple|
|G |Grey |Grey |
Here are the actual controls for the game, without any button set for them,
since that is your choice.
PLAYER WITH PUCK
- Shoot / Call for Shot SPACE
- Pass / Call for Pass C
- Speed Burst X
- Deke Z
PLAYER WITHOUT PUCK
- Hook / Hold SPACE
- Change Player C
- Speed Burst / Body Check X
- Big Hit Z
GOALIE WITH PUCK
- Clear Puck SPACE
- Pass C
GOALIE WITHOUT PUCK
- Save Attempt SPACE
- Goalie Freeskate --
- Draw Puck C
- Big Hit Z
- High Punch SPACE
- Low Punch C
- Call Line Change --
- Coaching Strategy --
- Pause Game --
- Pull Goalie --
- Coaching Pressure P
- Goalie Control --
- Deflection / Block Shot O
- Dump Shot / Last Man Back --
- Skate Backwards B
- Spin Left --
- Spin Right --
- Up Up
- Left Left
- Right Right
- Down Down
I use a six-button joypad with a d-pad, analog stick (toggled), and a throttle.
It is positioned sort of like this:
(It isn't really square...)
| 6 | | 5 |
| + -- 6 3 4 |
| -- 5 1 2
| O |-----|______|
+ (D-pad) O (analog stick)
Button 2: shoot
Button 4: pass
Button 5: speed burst
Button 3: deke, big hit
Button 1: call for deflection
Button 6: skate backwards
I just got a Sidewinder Freestyle Pro (awesome joypad!). It has 10 buttons, and
I use them all.
Instead of a diagram, I'll just say what each button does:
A/1: Spin Right
B/2: Deflection/Block Shot
C/3: Shoot/Hook/Poke Check/Block Shot
X/4: Spin Left
Y/5: Deke/Big Hit
L/7: Skate Backwards
R/8: Speed Burst
Start/9: Pause Game (or) Line Change Menu
Shift/10: Goalie Control
II. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
NHL 2001 PC:
Minimum Requirements: (copied from nhl2001.com)
200 MHz or faster Intel Pentium series, or AMD K6/K7 processor; 100 MB
(additional space required for DirectX 7a installation; 32 MB RAM; 4x CD-ROM
drive (600KB/second transfer rate) using 32 bit Windows 95/98 driver; DirectX
7a compatible sound card with DirectSound support; Keyboard, Mouse Graphics:
Supported 4MB or higher PCI or AGP 3D Card with D3D or Glide compatible driver
Required for Multiplayer Network (2-12 players; up to 8 PCs) IPX compliant
network, Network card, 1 CD per computer. Modem (2-10 players; 2 PCs) 100%
Hayes compatible 33.6 kbps or faster modem, high speed serial port (16550 UART)
for external modems. Internet (2-10 players; 2 PCs) 56 kbps or faster Internet
connection via Internet Service Provider (ISP); 1 CD per computer (2-12
players; 4 PCs) Cable modem or faster Internet connection recommended.
300 MHz or faster Pentium II processor; 64 MB RAM; 8x or faster CD-ROM; Windows
95/98 supported 10-button gamepad; 200 MB hard disk space (additional space
required for DirectX 7a); Supported 3D graphics accelerator Supported 3D
Graphics Chipsets 3dfx Voodoo, 3dfx Voodoo Banshee, 3dfx Voodoo 2, 3dfx Voodoo
3, 3dfx Voodoo 5, Nvidia Riva 128, Nvidia Riva TNT, Nvidia Riva TNT Ultra 2,
Nvidia GeForce, Nvidia GeForce 2, ATI Rage Pro, ATI Rage 128, Rendition Verite
V2200, Intel i740, S3 Savage, Matrox G200, Matrox G400 chipsets, and most newer
Pentium III 500 MHz processor; 192 MB RAM; 48x CD-ROM; Windows 98 supported
6-button gamepad, 10-button gamepad; 7+ GB free hard disk space (13.6 GB
total); 3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 PCI; 56kbps Modem.
Oh, and you'll need at least $50 Canadian (yep, I'm Canadian, eh!). EB World
has it on pre-order for $34.99 US.
III. SETUP SCREEN
Each team is rated by their lines. These are the different categories:
NOTE: To view the team records from the 1999/2000 season, right click on the
IV. RULES AND OPTIONS
Clock Speed - 5 to 20 Minutes
Penalties - Slider
Fighting - Slider
Offside - Toggle
Icing - Toggle
2 Line Pass - Toggle
Injuries - Toggle
Referee Type - Auto / NHL / International
Rink Type - Auto / NHL / International
Tie-Break - Auto, None, Single OT (5 on 5), Single OT (4 on
4), OT and Shootout, Shootout, Continuous OT.
Minor Penalty - Ends On Goal / Full Length
Game Style - Simulation / Arcade
Game Speed - Slider
Speed Burst Length - Slider
Speed Burst (%) - Slider
Fatigue - Slider
Aggression - Slider
Injuries - Slider
Hitting Power - Slider
Fall Recovery - Slider
Shot Blocking - Slider
---PASS / SHOOT OPTIONS
Pass Interceptions - Slider
Pass Accuracy - Toggle
Pass Speed - Slider
Shot Accuracy - Slider
Puck Elasticity - Slider
Puck Friction - Slider
Retain Puck - Slider
Goalie Rebounds - Slider
Music Volume - Slider
SFX Volume - Slider
Crowd Volume - Slider
Play By Play Volume - Slider
In Game Speech Volume - Slider
Colour Commentary - Toggle
Audio Detail - Low, Medium, High.
Speakers - 2 (default)
Custom Player Taunt - Submenu
In Game Music - Default In Game Music, User Set In Game Music.
Menu Music Selector - Submenu
On-Play Player Detail - Slider
Off-Play Player Detail - Slider
On-Play Arena Detail - Slider
Off-Play Arena Detail - Slider
Game Resolution - (Depending on Video Card) 640x480, 800x600,
Other - Some video cards support other options here.
Auto Replay - Off, Low, High
Pre-Game - Toggle
Speed Game - Toggle
Toggle Camera - Action, Ice, Classic, Overhead 2, Overhead 1,
Live, Chase, Scoreboard, Press, Broadcast.
AutoZoom - Toggle
Control Indicator - None, Name, Position, User Name.
Clock Display - Toggle
Momentum Meter - Toggle
Shot Meter - Toggle
Puck Shadow - Toggle
V. SEASON MODE
The season mode still has the same 10-year maximum (with 30 teams).
When you first create the season, you have the options to fill in:
Name: You can call the season whatever you want!!
Skill Level: Rookie, Pro, and All-Star. Choose All-Star. With a decent team, I
have been able to win games 15 to 2 or 3.
Clock Speed: Sets to anywhere from 5 to 20 minute periods. The clock will
always show 20 minutes, but if you don't already know, it runs the time faster
(depending on the time you set...).
Penalties: You set the default penalty strictness. I usually do 1 notch.
Injuries: Hmmm, who wouldn't want to knock a player out for 3 months with a
CPU Trading: Do you want the computer teams offering and making trades with you
and the other teams? This also makes the computer deny some of your offers.
Teams: You can have from 4 to 30 teams in your season. If you set 4 teams, your
season can run longer, I think up to 40 years. This is because there are less
prospects being drafted each year.
Season Length: Short, Medium, or Long. Depending on the amount of teams, you
play more or less games. Eg. Short season, 4 teams, you play 3 games (everyone
OT Loss: Do you want teams getting points when you beat them in OT?
Starting Rosters: Default, Current, Expansion Draft, or Fantasy Draft. Default
takes the original rosters from the CD. Current uses the exhibition rosters
that you have set yourself. Expansion draft uses the original rosters without
Columbus and Minnesota, and lets you choose from the unrestricted free agents.
Fantasy Draft is exactly that, a fantasy. It puts all the players into a pool,
and you set the draft order to however you want. Then you pick the players from
Once that is set up, you get to choose the Conferences and Division that each
team is. They are set to their actuals.
Hit next, and you come to the Edit User Control screen. Here, you get to edit
the user (you...)'s control, in other words, the team(s) you choose. You can
set passwords, and other info about the teams.
If you chose a draft, you will have to complete that. After that, you are
finally at the season.
From here, you see your selected team, and the team that you play against
first. Scrolling across the top is the date, and time of the league game.
You have four options on the left. The first is the difficulty level, which is
set to what you chose at the start of the season. The second option, Select
Team, lets you do that (what else?). The third option, Today in EA Sports,
opens a submenu with league information - Scores, Streaks & Injuries, Trades,
Team Standings, and Calendar. The scores menu brings up a nice little calendar
with the dates on it and shows all the games that were played on that date. You
can click on the games to see the summary of each game. The streaks and
injuries menu shows you who might be injured, who is on a hot or cold streak,
players who are suspended or have the flue, or fatigued goalies. The trades
section brings up a menu just like the streaks & injuries menu. It shows who
has been traded, rumours, retirements, waiver activity (free agents), and other
stuff. The standings menu shows the team standings, and the calendar menu shows
the calendar for each team. This is all pretty straightforward stuff.
The last option, the commissioner menu, lets you change season settings. You
can simulate all the games in your league up to a certain date, you can edit
your selected teams (the edit user control menu), and you can change numerous
settings. Those numerous settings are:
Playoff Games: 1,3,5,7 Games.
Sim Difficulty: Changes the amount of goals scored in simmed games.
Abort Games: You can be cheap and quit, or you can make the game not let you
quit by making you save before you quit.
Line Changes: You can play with only one line the whole game. But then you'd be
called a one-line team...
CPU Trading: The same option you set at the beginning of the season.
Player and Goalie Boost: Set the default P/G-boost for each game.
MORE TO COME......
VI. CREATED PLAYERS, TEAMS
Well, EA has always added something new each year, this year they've added
Resist Injury, and a Pass-Carry option. They've also added goalie biases in the
When you create a player you can make him (or her) up to 95 overall. This is
odd, since EA's best player in the game, surprisingly not Jagr, is actually
Peter Forsberg at only 90. Although the game shows 98 for Jagr, his actual
average of each stat ends up at 85! I have found out that the best three
players in the game, which can all hit, shoot, and skate, are:
1. Peter Forsberg 90
2. Owen Nolan 88
3. Eric Lindros 88
Other players that are up there are Keith Tkachuk and Vince Lecavalier.
Well anyways, here is the setup:
First Name: Type your player's first name...
Last Name: I wonder?
Play-By-Play: This is what the announcers call you by.
Face: This is your in-game face. The import option has never worked very well
for me anyways, but it can be pretty funny to see!
Team: The team you play for. Waivers are free agents, for you who are blunt.
Position: What position would your player like to be?
Template: You get lots of base setups for your player's attributes.
Jersey: The number that you see on your jersey.
Country: Where are you from?
Height: The opportunity you've always wanted. Now you can be 6 foot 10 and
clobber guys around. Too bad you're prone for big hits too.
Weight: How much does your player weigh? This affects checking a little, but it
also affects your balance from hits.
Year: Set your players birth date. Ranges from 1901 to 2078.
Month: I won't bother explaining.
Day: Same here.
Experience: How many years has your player played ice hockey for?
Visor: Affects your resist injury somehow. Also puts a visor on your helmet.
Shoots: Is your player left, right, or switch handed. Oh wait; there are no
Shot Preference: Would you rather shoot a wrist shot, slap shot, or backhand
shot? Or maybe just none.
Speed: Your player goes faster with each attribute.
Acceleration: Your player can start skating quickly.
Agility: How sharp he can turn on skates.
Balance: How he can shake off hits from others, without falling.
Shot Power: How hard the puck flies off of the player's stick.
Shot Accuracy: Determines whether your player can pick corners or not.
Pass-Shoot: A bias on whether you would pass the puck or shoot it.
Pass-Carry: A bias on whether you would pass the puck or carry it.
Passing: How fast, accurate, consistent the player's passing is.
Faceoffs: Determines the ability to win faceoffs.
Deke: A higher deke rating gets around more players while deking.
Hand-Eye: Makes the player's ability to tip or deflect the puck higher.
Resist Injury: The player will rarely be injured with 100: resist injury.
Aggressiveness: He will cause penalties more often with a higher rating.
Checking: With an 86+ rating, you get a hammer beside your player.
Endurance: How long your player can stay on the ice without fatiguing.
Intensity: How hard your player wants to play hockey on the ice.
Fighting: How often you fight: Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often.
Toughness: Player's ability in fights. A 90 will give you a win always.
Potential: How much your player can develop over the seasons.
Offensive Awareness: Does your player know where his forwards are?
Defensive Awareness: Does your player know where his defensemen are?
This section will cover:
1 vs. PC
2 vs. PC
1 vs. 1
2 vs. 2
1 vs. 2
2 vs. 1
VIII. ONLINE SEASON TIPS
This section will cover:
Seasons over the Internet.
Seasons over the modem.
IX. CHEAP TRICKS (BY Bryan017, Matt011)
DEMO CHEAP TRICKS
- Fake a shot, and then do a one timer quickly. This has about a 25% chance of
- Take your defender to the offside faceoff circle in your end, and tap the
shoot button without any direction. If the defenseman has good accuracy, the
puck will go over the goalie's head and in the net.
X. WEBSITES FOR MISC. STUFF
Here are some sites to check out:
http://nhl2001.ea.com - Official Site
http://www.nhl2001.com - Add-ons, downloads, news, etc.
EDITORS (MUST HAVES)
http://nhlinfo.arabuusimiehet.com- Toni Wilen's NHL 97-2001 editor (maybe 96?)
- Dos Based editor, has some options that Blomman's editor doesn't.
http://blomman.cyber-nhl.net - Jonas Blomgren's NHL 2000,2001 Editors
- Windows version editor. Looks better than NHLINFO, but is missing some
features, one being changing the overall attribute (just displayed).
If you know any great sites that are updated often and look nice, send me the
URL, or contact me on yahoo messenger, "zzx72". When I finally get a DSL line,
I'll be in the EA match-up service, and since someone stole my login, I'm
zzx72001. If I get my hands on that person!!!
Also, when I get my DSL line, Bryan017 will be creating, and playing in, a
2-person-team online league, with 16 teams. This means that we will want to
play against people with at least cable, and at least 2 controllers per
terminal. To let some people know, yes it is possible to play with two or more
people from one computer. I have played with 4 people at once before!! We had 1
person on keyboard, 1 on my original joypad, 1 on my USB sidewinder, and
another USB sidewinder. The site will be up soon.
This guide is Copyright 2000, Brandon Elmes. It can and will be found only at
www.gamefaqs.com and MegaGames.com. This guide cannot be edited in any way for
use of business. If any other sites have received permission from me, sorry,
but I would like it removed. No if's, but's, or anything else, sorry again.