The game is based on the 2001–2002 international ice hockey season.
Bill Clement is replaced by Don Taylor for NHL 2002. Taylor's quirky and often slapstick commentary style drew mixed reception from fans of the game.
After September 11, 2001, a patch was created that changed the image shown on the loading screen before New York Rangers games. Originally, it had been the World Trade Center. It was changed to the Statue of Liberty.
This is the first game where Jaromir Jagr is not on the Penguins as he was traded to the Capitals.
|Gob||"I Hear You Calling"|
|Treble Charger||"Brand New Low"|
|Rom Di Prisco||Various tracks|
|Barenaked Ladies||"It's Only Me"|
|Jet Set Satellite||"Lies By The Thousands"|
|Sum 41||"Fat Lip"|
|Sum 41||"Makes No Difference"|
|The Tea Party||"Temptation"|
|Gob||"For The Moment"|
|The Immigrants||"Holding Onto This Somehow"|
|The Immigrants||"Out On A Limb"|
|Treble Charger||"American Psycho"|