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Game Screen 2

Game Screen 3

Opening Screen

2013 Draft


Player Form

Shadow Strategy

Scheduled League Games

Roster 95-96

Roster 87-88

Roster 68-69

Team Report

Strategy Adjustments

Modify Player

Database 1

Database 2

Play-By-Play Report

Line Strategies



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Whether you play games head-to-head, over the internet, or against the computer,
you'll love the statistical accuracy and strategy of Action! PC Hockey.
Loaded with strategy, extensive statistical reports, and revolutionary internet features,
Action! PC Hockey is the most comprehensive stat-based hockey game on the market.


Free Action! PC Hockey Strategy Guide in PDF form!

Order Action! PC Hockey 2013 Edition!
Released September 2013

The 2013 Deluxe Edition includes the complete 2012-13 Pro Hockey season and 24 pro championship teams of the past.
The 2013 Basic Edition includes 24 championship teams of the past.

Over 30 Hockey Seasons are available!


2013 Edition Enhancements.

  • Redesigned opening program screen with additional menu buttons, expanded standings and photos of league leaders (photos not included).

  • Expanded sound package featuring more game sounds and crowd reactions

  • Improved reports viewing including scroll wheel functionality, quicker refreshing, and one-click access to player forms from the data base.

  • Improved draft screen and free agent viewing that now includes a players original team.

  • New league tools for quickly setting up league preferences for type of team, year, logos and more.

  • New tool for importing team colors, logos, nicknames and more from other league files.

  • New tool for importing any player from any season!

  • New team modification tool with access to all teams from one screen.

  • Redesigned roster menus and quick access buttons.

  • Expanded injury system for both multiple game and temporary in game injuries.

  • New real-versus-replay report available on the roster form.

  • New team draft report available from the roster and draft screen. This new report lists team draft picks by round and selection spot as well as free agent selections made outside the round by round draft module.

  • New leaders-by-date report offers a convenient method to view top players for the week, month or any time period.

  • New quick league report includes standings, power rankings, MVP’s, All-Star teams and leaders all in one report!

  • Improved computer game scheduler.

  • Expanded fighting and brawling play results.

  • New option to create multiple encyclopedias.

  • Expanded use of game context play-by-play.

  • Improved computer coach game line usage.

  • New top salaries report.

  • Blazing fast internet play! Both users now view play results simultaneously rather than one at a time thus cutting viewing time in half!

  • Complete player statistics and ratings report is now available from the player form.

  • Complete player game log report available from the player form.

  • Player game logs may now be sorted by statistic type to easily view a players best and worst games.

Game Packages

Deluxe Game Package – Only $44.00  
Includes the complete 2013 Action! PC Hockey game, the 2012-13 season, and 24 Championship Teams from the past. 

Upgrade to the Deluxe Game Package - Only $39.00
ave $5.00
   If you own a previous edition of Action! PC Hockey, use the word UPGRADE as your discount code during checkout to get the the upgrade price of $39.00!
This special upgrade offer is only available with an online purchase.

Basic Game Package – Only $29.00 
Includes the complete 2012 Action! PC Hockey game and 24 Championship Teams from the past.

24 Great Teams from the Past
(Included with every 2013 game package)

2011-12 Los Angeles & New Jersey
2007-08 Detroit & Pittsburgh
2005-06 Carolina & Edmonton
1999-00 New Jersey & Dallas
1995-96 Colorado & Florida
1992-93 Montreal & Los Angeles
1987-88 Edmonton & Boston
1982-83 New York I & Edmonton
1976-77 Montreal & Boston
1974-75 Philadelphia & Buffalo
1969-70 Boston & St. Louis
1961-62 Toronto & Chicago

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About Action! PC Hockey

Play Potential

Action! PC Hockey uses a system of "play potential" to represent the flow of a hockey game. After each change of possession, a number is assigned that represents the chance of the play being successful. High potential means that the play is more likely to result in a scoring opportunity, and low potential is more likely to result in dangerous turnovers. Play potential is determined by previous play calls and results, team strategies and strength, line changes, intimidation levels, ice quality, random factors and more. As a result, each play has a unique feel, and no two games will ever be alike.

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Play Calling

For plays beginning in the defensive or neutral zones, choose to proceed aggressively, safely, with a balanced attack, or to clear the puck. Each option has strengths and weaknesses. Playing aggressively will generate more scoring chances, but at the risk of dangerous turnovers, while playing safely will rarely give up bad turnovers, but will also not create many scoring opportunities. When the play potential is low or your team is over-matched, it may be best to simply clear the puck. In general, these play call opportunities occur every two or three changes of possession.

When a team has control of the puck in its offensive zone, there are several different play calling scenarios that may occur. These include:

Setup Plays - Shoot the puck, attempt to pass to a specific open player for a shot, or cycle for a new setup. Taking advantage of screens, getting the puck to the net for a rebound, or setting up safe turnovers by clearing the puck in deep are just a few ways to use these scenarios. Setup plays occur often on powerplays, and occasionally during even strength play.

Match-up Plays - An offensive player has the puck with a scoring opportunity, defended by an opposing player. Do you shoot, attempt to penetrate for a better shot, pass, or send the puck deep for a safe turnover?

Other play calling opportunities occur according to game situations. When shorthanded, attempt to ice the puck, or take chances to try to create shorthanded goals. Attempt to shoot for an empty net with the chance of icing, clear the puck back to the neutral zone, or try to cross center ice before shooting. Make an odd man rush, try to set up in the offensive zone, or dump the puck in for a safe turnover. These situations and more create an exciting and diverse game experience.

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Line Changes

Making timely and efficient line changes is an important element of success in hockey, and that holds true in Action PC Hockey. In most situations when your team has the puck, you have the option to make a line change. When a change is called for, potential for that play decreases according to how many players are being changed. As a result, it is often best to play safe or to clear the puck when attempting to make a change. Trying to make a change in a low potential situation may result in a dangerous turnover.

Line management is made simple by an easy to use line change interface. Put an entire line or individual players on the ice with a single click. Player strength on a zero to 100 scale makes it clear who is ready to play and who needs more rest. Lines are automatically adjusted when injuries and penalties occur. Double shifting star players is easy to accomplish. The simple yet powerful interface ensures that line management is never a hassle.

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Action PC Hockey includes a wealth of strategy options. Strategies include forecheckers used, defensive zone aggressiveness and depth, offensive zone entry method, and offensive zone system. Strategies may be set for the team as a whole, as well as for specific line combinations and game situations. A programmable computer coach is also available for each team including line usage, offensive and defensive styles, late game strategy adjustments, and preferences for when to change or pull goalies. Individual players also have usage preferences that may be set including how often to pass or shoot from different ice locations, how often to attempt to deflect shots, join in odd man rushes, and attempt to penetrate past defenders. To help in understanding the influence each strategy has on the game, an in depth strategy guide is available free from this site.

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League/Roster Management

A complete set of general manager functions makes it easy to operate your league. Create, modify, draft and trade players and teams. Design depth charts and set line combinations with all stats and ratings easily available. Save up to five complete sets of line combinations for each team. Create and assign ice graphics, team logos, and player photos. Customize league rules including roster limits, overtime and shootout rules, penalties, suspensions, player usage rules, icing and offsides rules, and many miscellaneous rules such as video review of goals and automatic TV timeouts.

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Statistics and Reports

Action! PC Hockey is loaded with player, team and league statistical reports. Customize data base reports using hundreds of available statistics. All of the standard statistics such as goals, assists, penalty minutes, and plus/minus are included.  The game also tracks hits, blocked shots, takeaways, giveaways, faceoffs, time on ice breakdowns, types of penalties, and much more. You can view raw statistics or stats based on game averages, home or road averages, high games and more.

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Player Ratings

Player ratings are based on every available published statistic, as well as expert subjective analysis.  Player ratings include overall offensive ability, passing, inside and outside scoring, skating, penalty shot/breakaway ability, faceoffs, overall defensive ability, takeaways, shot blocking, hitting, penalty killing, enforcer status, goalie ability, sportsmanship, and durability.

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Extensive and exiting play-by-play makes playing a hockey game an immersive experience.  Thousands of lines of text may also be edited by the user.

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Schedules and Transactions

Seasons include full real life schedules. Schedules may be modified or automatically generated. Player transactions are monitored by date, so you can replay a season using the actual trades and signings as they occurred in real life.

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Internet Play

Action! PC Hockey offers complete support for internet play. Hook-up and play one game or an entire series in one sitting. Zip and email league files with just a few mouse clicks. Email box scores to league members with one mouse click.

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Action! PC Hockey includes a useful set of utilities to run any face-to-face, email, or internet league. Export/import games, export/import coaches and many other features help make your league play simple and enjoyable.

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Past Seasons/Historical Adjustments

Many past seasons are available for purchase. These include pro, Olympic, and college seasons. The staff at Dave Koch Sports is continually adding to the lineup of available past seasons. Action PC Hockey includes complete league data for every past season, allowing the game engine to make comparisons between players from different eras. This makes it possible to play a game between a team from the 1960s and a team from the 1990s, for example. Leagues can also be set to play in any era. For example, it is possible to put modern teams in the high scoring era of the 1980s.

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