It's check or be checked in this all-out hockey brawl for the N64. All teams and players are updated and current, with expansion teams, trades, and trends entirely accounted for. All the players are graded based on speed, shooting, strength, and defense, and you can trade players to make your team more menacing. In Season mode, the computer tracks all of your game and season stats as you make your way through each contest. You can, of course, play single games as well, or just jump straight to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There's even a practice option that allows you to work on your offense, defense, or shooting. The details are all here: the music, sound effects, announcer, and crowd are augmented by such great touches as a blaring ambulance sound for cross-checks, and a goal that bursts into flames when the puck enters it. With two game speeds, five difficulties, and variable period times, this game is as pure as ice and twice as hard.