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Game Modes

NHL 15 Game Modes

Written by: Sean Rammer

Thanks for being part of this journey as we head into the launch of NHL 15 on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the start of a new generation of hockey videogames. We’re incredibly proud of the next-generation gameplay and presentation experience we’ve created for all our fans. From the Next-Generation Hockey Player and True Hockey Physics to the Unrivalled In-Arena Experience and a revolution in Broadcast Presentation, I’m extremely proud of what our team has delivered in one year on new technology. The focus on a new gameplay and presentation engine will not only deliver a great game now, but also give us the foundation to deliver next-generation hockey experiences to you for the years to come.

However, we’re not done. We’re committed to keeping the experience fresh throughout the hockey season, in addition to the roster and ratings updates you’ve always received, the list below contains the free content updates for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 we’re working on and our expected window on when you will see them in the game:


Playoff Mode
Create a custom offline tournament bracket with up to 16 teams from any of the 12 leagues in the game. Play or simulate each game and track player and team stats throughout the tournament.

Be A Pro – Coach Feedback
Get the coach’s feedback while you are on the bench. The coach will give you tips on how to stay on top of your game and grade you on your play.

3 Stars of the Game
At the end of the game, see the three stars and their high level stats. Will apply to every game mode.

Hockey Ultimate Team
Several content updates, including:
• Changed layout and navigation in HUT store
• New animations for player items
• Improved edit lines screen to better identify players that are injured or require contract extensions


Online Team Play
Online multiplayer mode where every player on the ice can be human controlled.

GM Draft
For the first time in the NHL franchise, you will be put on the clock and feel the pressure like real NHL GM’s. You will now only have 3 minutes to make a draft pick. If the pressure is too much, you can also call timeouts to extend the amount of time you have to make a draft pick or potentially negotiate a trade. You can make trades at any time during the draft. The CPU will also propose trades to each other and the user throughout the draft.


As always your feedback is fundamental to how we make NHL better and better, so we will also be looking to what you want to see implemented in the game.


72 thoughts on “Game Modes

  • craig says:

    how does one turn off the annoying hint pop ups?

  • Mark says:

    I just got this game for Xbox 360. Every time I try to start a career it says I need to pick a lead profile. Do I need to be signed in to Xbox live in order to play these games? That doesn’t seem to make much sense.

  • Josh says:

    You need to sign in with a lead account so that the game knows which account to save your progress to. You don’t need live to have an account.

    • Mark says:

      Okay, I will try. But where do I find the NHL14 profile management screen? I am signed in with an xbox profile, but that doesn’t seem to do anything. Forgive me, I am not a gamer. NHL 95 was so much easier to play. Thanks.

  • Josh says:

    No problem, please continue to enjoy NHL Guides. Join our forum if you have additional questions to receive expert advice. You can also contact me directly at SeniorGnu@gmail.com as well.

    -Creator of NHL Guides

  • steve says:

    Hi there, im trying to make a custom team with custom players and regular players to play in the NHL. How do i make a team that will show up in the NHL or any other league?? then put my custom players o n the team?? i did it with NHL13 but cant figure out how to do it on NHL14 on the PS3. can you help me out?

  • Nick O. says:

    How do I advance to the offseason and the next season in offline career season mode? I can\’t figure out how to at all

  • Colin says:

    When I try and play online season all it says is that my gamer profile does not have the correct permission to access the feature

  • Colin says:

    Do you have any suggestions on what I need to do.

    • admin says:

      You should join our forum and ask your question there. Lots of expert users across the world would be more than happy to assist you.

  • John says:

    How do I get to gm mode

  • John says:

    Is there anyway possible to go and create players then add them to your team in season mode??

  • Dominic says:

    Hi, I just finished my season in mode be a pro in CHL. But, it seems that I can’t play playoffs…… Is there something that I must do?

  • Lou says:

    I just started playing the online team game . But my player is slow and isn\’t very good. I don\’t know how to adjust my attributes . Please help me

  • roxanne says:

    trying to help my son figure this out so forgive me for not being gamer savvy….he created a custom team but wants to use that team to play a game….how does he do that

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure I understand the question. For expert responses from gamers around the world, please post this question on our Forum. https://nhlguides.net/forums-2/ There lots more people will see this question. Hopefully someone there can be of assistance.

      NHL Guides

  • Collin says:

    Just finished a full NHL season in Season Mode. Looking to start the playoffs, and ‘Play Next Game’ is darkened. Is Season Mode just meant for the Regular Season,or am I doing something wrong? Please Advise.

  • Dennis Vincent says:

    How do I turn off the hints that pop up in the lower left area of the screen during game play? They block my view of the game and are annoying.

  • pj gaffron says:

    How do you invite a guest as a teammate in vs mode?

  • soriba says:

    How to go to winter classic mode.

  • peter says:

    how do you do a season

  • Derek Deman says:

    Will there be season and playoff modes in NHL 15 for PS4?

  • Greg Bankston says:

    Just got game. Not getting pre game commentaries or show of stadiums and cities

  • Greg Bankston says:

    No pre game sites and commentary

  • habs97 says:

    no Season Mode Update ?!?!?!

    • Finn says:

      We need season mode for Euro leagues too! If there isn’t any, not buying till some one confirms that it exist. Also It has to have the ability for two player teams also that the previous NHL games had!

  • htamosan says:

    I would like to sometimes watch the game of CPU vs CPU.

    Can CPU vs CPU be observed in Playoff Mode?

  • Mitch says:

    I Just got xbox live and I have been playing online team and I notice people have customized people and I don’t know how to do that ,so my question is where do u go to do that?

  • Ethan says:

    I am not an admin, but like SeniorGnu said, just check the forums or ask a question on them and you will probably find more help.

    Q: Turn off pop up hints on the bottom of the screen

    A: Play on a difficulty higher than rookie. I normally play on superstar so I don\’t have this problem, but if you go to EA\’s forums and post a thread/ request asking for an option to turn them off, maybe they will add one in a patch or in NHL 16

    Q:How do you invite a guest as a teammate in vs mode?

    A: You can\’t. But you can play EASHL or Online Team Play

    Q:Using custom teams in games

    A: If you created it AND saved your rosters, when you are picking your team in Play now, I believe they add in an extra league that is titled something like \”Created Teams,\” or \”Custom teams\”

    Q: Use custom teams in game modes like GM/Season/Playoff mode

    A: I have done this before in NHL14, it took me a while to figure it out, I think it has something to do with edit rosters, team rosters, and the \”Substitute Team\” option you get when you are choosing which team you are using. And like i said before it should be in a different league titled Created/Custom teams. I did this on GM mode, not playoff or season, but it is probably the same. Sorry if I made you do all of that for nothing. But I am certain it works for GM Mode.

    Q: Add attributes to my EASHL/ Online Team play skater/ goaltender

    A: From the main menu, select play, then online, then EASHL. Once you are in EASHL select my pro, then select Edit pro and choose what position you are using. (YES you CAN HAVE DIFFERENT BUILDS ON DIFFERENT POSITIONS, you are not limited to just one) Once you are in the edit pro screen and have selected what position you want to edit, as you can see you can change all of his info/bio, height, weight, facial features, Hair, equipment, (I suggest you change your equipment to what you prefer, if you like to be fast use 13\” Radius skates, if you want to e agile use 9\” Radius skates, if you want a good balance between both(Which I recommend) use 11\” Radius skates, and you can also change your stick to what you want, in which i also recommend using the balanced option until you familiarize your self with the EASHL/ Online Team Play. to edit your attributes go to My pro and select edit attributes. You start off with very little attributes, to progress just keep playing games, winning games, and playing good. There are also equipment boosts to unlock/ purchase. I do purchase some +7\’s when the game comes out, but that\’s because I play EASHL religiously. I do not recommend purchasing or using the boost packs, just stick the equipment boosts to get a higher overall and a better skater/ goaltender.

    Q: Season mode in NHL 15 for PS4 or Xbox One?

    A: No, only playoff

    Q: Not getting pre game commentaries or show of stadiums and cities

    A: That\’s because you are playing on a Xbox 360 or PS3

    Q:We need season mode for Euro leagues too! If there isn’t any, not buying till some one confirms that it exist. Also It has to have the ability for two player teams also that the previous NHL games had!

    A: There is no Euro Season mode unless you replace every NHL team with a Euro team. I am not sure what the rest of your question/ complaint means.

    Q:I would like to sometimes watch the game of CPU vs CPU.
    Can CPU vs CPU be observed in Playoff Mode?

    A: Yes you can watch CPU\’s play, when you start your game and the remote is on your teams side, just use your Left analogue stick and move it to the middle or select \”Select Sides\” at any time of the game and once again move it to the middle. and resume the game and enjoy!

    @SeniorGnu/ Josh Sorry for stealing your thunder/ acting like an admin. If you need any help on the site Email me @The5thLinePlaymaker@gmail.com or comment on this and let me know.


  • Mike Hoadley says:

    I have NHL 15 for xbox one… I don’t have the ability to pick which teams are playing in offline mode for a quick game.. Is there something Im doing wrong? It seems if I change my favorite team in custom part that team will be chosen but I can’t chose opponent.. It also seems like a stupid extra step.. Advice?

  • Ben says:

    How do you delete a be a gm?

  • Eric says:

    I just got NHL 15. How do I start a season? I’ve only noticed quick play one game and playoff mode.. any assistance would help I’m not a pro at this stuff. Thanks

  • Cheryl says:

    I have the same question as Eric. I’d also like to know how to save settings.

  • Jimmy says:

    Same question as above…I just downloaded the game from the PS Store updated it, but I can only play the Rangers vs Kings…… I paid how much to play the same game over and over?

  • Eli says:

    How do you go straight into a shootout in nhl15 with out going through OT and the whole game

  • Thor says:

    I can’t join a game invite if I try to join it goes to gray screen with blue loading circle in bottom left and says it’s changing profiles and then says there is an error trying to join try later been trying for the past 4 days same result I can host a friend just fine

  • Goalie crazy says:

    How do I play as an OHL team on be a Gm mode on nhl 15? I have an Xbox one

  • Neal Sutton says:

    On NHL 14 is it possible to create a player, place him on a CHL team through roster moves off of the Free Agent list and then select that player in Be a CHL Pro Live the Life? I’ve tried everything I know and the created player never shows up in the selection screen. Thanks!

  • John says:

    I just got nhl 15. How do I start offline regular season? I’ve noticed quick play one game and playoff mode. Any assistance would be helpful. thanks

  • Alex says:

    How do you do training penalties like in NHL 14?

  • Signe says:

    How do my son plays a shootout in NHL 15 on Playstation 4?
    We can’t find it.

  • JP Sorel says:

    Is there a way to change the difficulty setting for NHL 15 for the online team play on Xbox 360?thanks

  • deanwedge95 says:

    How do I get the updated roster to GM mode on NHL 15 for PS3?

  • GeeTAC says:

    I have Xbox one, and does ANYONE know how to release players during the season in be a GM mode?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • dummie says:

    [[I’m an idiot]]

  • matt jones says:

    where do the drafted rookies go? i cant find them to move them up to the nhl

  • Hazel says:

    How do you play two player mode? Not online, just normal.

  • jordan says:

    How do u just play a shoot out without playing a whole game

  • Matt says:

    I have NHL 15 on Xbox 360 and now I’m going to get if for Xbox one and I was Wondering in my progress in hockey ultimate team would save from NHL 15 on 360 to Xbox one can you help me out here ?

  • Matt says:

    I have NHL 15 for Xbox 360 and I am going to get it for Xbox one and I was wondering if my progress on hockey ultimate team will save from 360 to xbox one could you help me out ?

  • Jay says:

    Want to no how to play with two people online in nhl 15 on ps4 same against someone

  • Jon says:

    NHL 15 – PS4 – Be a GM Mode

    I just played all 82 games inside of “Be a GM Mode” and I see four random game results in “box score” window, but how for the life of me can I view the entire league schedule? I would have liked to have been able to track other teams in my conference on a day by day basis throughout the final weeks of the playoff chase rather than just referring to the standings. Is this honestly not possible with PS4, but is possible with PS3, that would be frustrating? And now that we have made the playoffs, I see that I have my first round games on my calendar and I can tell who made the playoffs by looking at the final standings, but I shouldn’t have to do that! Where is the playoff bracket? Is there honestly no viewable playoff bracket in PS4’s NHL 15 GM Mode? What a shame!

  • Sal says:

    How can I play playoff mode with a friend online?

  • Marc says:

    Can’t find an answer to this question ANYWHERE!!! On Xbox one can you play as the goalie in online team play?

  • Brandon says:

    can I swap teams in gm mode without starting a new career if so how?

  • ralph says:

    does anyone know how to save STRAGIES from GM mode in 15

  • Awesome says:

    How do I get to shootout mode on Xbox one without playing a whole game?

  • Gerald says:

    Can I play two player season with my son in our home on nhl15 seem to only be able to do one player

  • Lee says:

    trying to play nhl15 on ps3 with my son but, only one controller is working. He is not able to shoot, skate, or basically do anything if I’m playing him? what am i doing wrong is there a setting mode i need to change to allow two players play each other (not online) just normal father and son playing a friendly game of hockey against each other.

  • Nigel says:

    I’m playing be a pro for NHL 15 But if the game goes to a shootout I don’t get to be a shooter… How to do get to take a shootout!?


  • Eddie Henry says:

    What about NHL15 PS3 draft mode ??

  • Matthew says:

    How come you can’t do a shootout in NHL 15. This is outrageous!!!!!!!

  • Jake says:

    Does gm mode have playoffs

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