Franchise Hockey Manager, from the makers of the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball, is a new sports management game that puts you in charge of your favourite hockey team. If you've ever looked at the decisions your team has made and thought "I could do better," this is the game for you!
User reviews: Mixed (38 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014
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“The potential is sky high, and could become the best hockey simulation game out there.”
83 / 100 – http://gmgames.org/2014/04/06/review-franchise-hockey-manager-2014-pc-mac/

“If you are a big hockey fan or love in-depth statistics you should buy this game.”
Thumbs Up – Last Word on Sports

“A great design and user interface and it's a great game for any sports fan.”
85 / 100 – JumpToGamer

About This Game

Franchise Hockey Manager is a new hockey management game from the makers of the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series. A truly global game, FHM is the deepest, most immersive, and most customizable hockey management game in the world. Choose one of 23 leagues around the globe and select a team to guide to glory. Sign free agents, trade players, draft the next crop of superstars, and much more!

This is as close as you'll get to sitting in a GM's office without drawing a paycheck from a team. Oversee team finances, keep an eye on the salary cap, check on your assistant coaches and scouts, watch the waiver wire, put together trade packages, make contract offers to free agents, and draft the newest generation of stars.

Players in FHM are rated in dozens of areas, giving them unique personalities and skillsets for you to discover and use. Recruit your team, then assemble your on-ice lineup in a way that gets the best results out of your team: Find the line combinations that work, give your young stars playing time to help them develop, and give specific instructions to each line and defensive pair.

When you start a new game, your league will come alive with news articles, messages from other GMs and players, announcements of upcoming milestones (a player's 500th career goal, for example), and more. You'll read about big trades, devastating injuries, impending coaching changes, and other important happenings.

Key Features of Franchise Hockey Manager:
  • Manage your own hockey team
  • Complete 2013-14 rosters for over 300 real teams across 23 leagues
  • Historical NHL and WHA seasons from 1947-48 through 2012-13 included - replay your favorite team's history
  • Or run a fictional custom league configured the way you want, from the number of conferences and divisions to the playoff format
  • Manage your team over multiple decades - if you can keep your job!
  • Rich news section offers all your league's highlights
  • League events and milestone watches alert you to important happenings
  • Use commissioner mode to edit players, financials, and more
  • Realistic stats, including advanced stat tracking like Corsi and Fenwick
  • Watch your Hall of Fame grow
  • Much, much more

The FHM/OOTP user community is also active and helpful, and many of them create customizations that you can use to enhance your gaming experience, including logos, player images, and more.

If you are a hockey fan, you need this game!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: min. OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This game is absolutely awsome , if you like hockey get it .
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I was so excited when I found this game on steam, and then I played it. 20 dollars down the drain. I got through year one fine and I said those reviews were garbage! Then on the day before July 1 when you try to sim to it my game always crashes. In addition the player logic makes NO sense. Lundqvist is willing to sign for 3,700,000 and other times he says he would rather test the market. If this game ran smoothly I would play it ALL THE TIME. But I can't even go 1 day without a crash and I have a very new and updated computer. Fix the game and I'll fix this negative review. Thumbs down from me.
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27.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Is kinda on the right track.

Crashes regularly. Allows unrealistic trades. Seems too easy to go from also-ran to contender. Seems buggy.

Best off giving this a miss till a few years down the track
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103 of 116 people (89%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I am a fan of OOTP baseball, i'm an even bigger fan of hockey simulation. Got every possible hockey sim out there. When i saw that OOTP made a hockey sim i was extatic. Never been so disappointed in a game. Even compare to the most obscure hockey sim i have made by a guy in his basement, this game is bad. When you add to the equation that its from OOTP its just plainly awfull.

Historical game is a joke, no farm team, no scouting a sub par game of a bad game.

AI is so freaking weak, transaction wise you can get Crosby for a pick and a few average guys, trading left and right without any sense at all. I.E. june 30 trading a great young goaler for a 42 y.o def. and to add to that losing their num 1 goalie the next day on free agency.

The game aint following the NHL contract rules at all, i just lost Galcheniuk and Gallagher 2 RESTRICTED free agent, both refusing long term deal of 7.5 mil and 4.5 mil to watch them sign a 1 year 125k contract with an AHL team.. First theres no logic in that behavior, second an RFA cant sign with another team just like that. The only way is from an hostile offer sheet from another NHL team and then were suppose to have the option to match the hostile offer and if we dont want to match the offer theres a lot of different draft picks compensation depending of the amount of the offer. If youre claiming to do a hockey sim, the minimum would be to follow the rules of the real life game you are *simulating*...

Small ridiculous stuff like the stars choice after a game, a guy with no points with 6 min game time getting the first star while a guy with a hat trick getting no star. Sweeping the other team in 4 games in the Stanley cup final to see a guy from the other team getting the final mvp awards with 10 points less than my 5th scorer. Watching a goalie getting the vezina while playing 40 games not appearing in any leader stats while theres a goalie with 54 victory and leading in goals against avg and shout outs. Same thing applies for almost every category.

Scouting is completely useless, playing blind mode or not doesnt change a thing.

Very unintuitive UI, the pages always coming back to the base choice, so you always need to clic your way back to were you want the page to be. I.E. the rooster page always put you back to the basic page while i want to see the off 1 stats. Same thing while tryting to make a trade. You choose the other team, see the scouting report of a player and then your back to your own team so you have to clic back your way to the other team.

You cant schedules your goaler in advance so either you have to stop the game simulation to change the goalie or just let your num 1 goaler play the 82 games.

The game feeling is meh at best, no real feeling of interacting with your players, coach, team owner other gm's etc...

I could go on and on and thats only after 2 seasons, i cant imagine how bad it turns out with contracts, salary caps, player pools in the long run..

I have a more complete hockey sim made by a solo guy than this game made by OOTP.
As for any comparison with EHM, i really cant see how anyone who played it can see anything in this game coming close of it.

I was so freaking happy to see OOTP doing a hockey sim.. Its a real shame to give us this product.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Let me first start by saying OOTP is a great game and the developers have done a great job with it. Love the series...

Was a big fan when EHM was out and other hockey simulators (whether it's NHL series for Xbox or browse-based, or even a hockey simulator thats downloadable). This game has A TON of potential, but it is lacking in the UI controls, the settings, and small parts of hockey that means a lot to the sport. As you read the review of Dugger999, he is 100% right in every aspect in signing these players and losing them in a blink of an eye. RFA's signing with lower level hockey leagues, trading older players and receiving a star upcoming goaltender. (mind you the old one will be released the next day, whereas the young goaltender will be a unsigned rookie, rookie under contract, or RFA) The game crashes constantly on Macbooks. I can't go 1-2 weeks without having to frantically save in hopes that it doesn't crash on me. Another problem with the game is that in the Free Agency Center, they place players who cannot be signed (I.E. underagers, undrafted rookies, etc.) in there rather than automatically filtering them out. You'll spend about 15 minutes filtering everythnig Prior to finding actual Signable players. A big interface problem would be when I attempt to SCROLL with my track pad or mouse, all of the menus scroll with it. How could you release a game and not have all the settings inputted the correct way so that all the screen and menus don't go with it? It doesn't make sense. For more information, look at Duggers review. This game has a ton of potential, they just should've held onto it a LOT longer and did a TON more tweaking prior to releasing this for sales. It's most definitely NOT WORTH 39.99. Maybe $15.99 tops if they fix the bugs. As is now, I'd apprase it at around $5.99-$9.99 with the crashes, the buggy interface, and missing important contractual issues for players in the game.

(Note: If you have a LTIR, they still count it towards your cap in the game when it should be gone come September 1st. So for you Flyers fans, yes, Chris Pronger's double digit million dollar salary WILL count against your cap)

If I would reconsider buying this game if i had the chance. It wasn't worth the 19.99 steam sale that I got out of it. I would reconsider my opinion if and when they update the game.... hopefully before next year's version is out. It's just way too buggy for a first time Hockey Simulator to be throw out there on the marketplace. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL THEY UPDATE OR UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S VERSION IS AVAILABLE! OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED! THIS IS YOUR WARNING!
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Overall the concept has a lot of potential, and this is exactly the type of hockey game I want, but the execution just isn't there.

The UI is really awkward, cluttered, confused, and its hard to know what you should be doing. There are too many menus which either don't tell you enough, or tell you things that don't matter. The key to a good franchise sports manager game is that it's basically an RPG where you try to get experience and level up all your different players. That process is completely opaque and it feels like you have little control over what's going on. Even tinkering with the lineup, something that I love doing in a game like NHL 14 is tedious and the results are not transparent.

Now that they have a basic game format down, I really hope they release a new version next year which significantly changes certain game mechanics to add that RPG fun element so that it feels like you're not just simulating everything but actually have meaningful decisions to make, something which the game in its current version completely lacks.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Let me start despite the playing time I used to play off steam and have many more hours plugged, I was really excited when I seen FHM as I am a huge fan of hockey and I bought it in an instant, thinking it was from OOTP made it even cooler, as I have bought OOTP 13 baseball and they had delivered a nice product. However, to addon to my displeasure I bought the game when it was $50 during X-mas and have seen 3 updates [2 being bug fixes at best]
Reasons I am displeased (oh trust me theres more)
-Less then desireable U.I, often clicking 2 or 3 times just to get deeper into a menu.
-Weird trades, both what the A.I will accept and the trades the A.I makes, [Nathan Mackinnon for Dale Weise and Budaj]
-Simulation stars are.... interesting? A guy who scores 3 goals does not get a star, while the 10 shot guy gets 1st star.
-More then horrendous wait times for updates, whether it is a simple patch or a entire addon the wait times for either can range from 2-5 months, even bug fixes are crazy long waits.
-Simulations are off and bad, with teams such as Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers reaching top slots with modern start dates,
-The free agent system is a mess with Restricted free agents signing deals with other teams, without a compensation pick or having the ability to match the offer,
-Weird contracts, players refuse multi year 6.5 million doller offers to sign with other teams for under 3m,
-Little to no interaction with players, gm or coach's, and when their is conversations they are often dull and repetitive.
At this current stage and with the lack of updates unless you have the desire to wait months on end, even for a bug-fix.
I reccomend you stay away --For now--, Despite the cons this game has alot of potential and I reccomend you look into it in the future to see if it has been changed, but for now, stay away.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
This game has got a pretty good foundation to build upon, but the developers need to get some weird bugs out of the game and also some features into the game - at least I'm missing some that the old Eastside Hockey Manager from Sports Interactive had and this game doesn't.

I'm looking forward to seeing what this will become in the future, hopefully they'll continue to develop it just like their other serie - Out of the Park, a baseball manager game.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
If you liked the Eastside Hockey manager series, then you'll like this. Lots of room for improvement, but I like it and the fact you can start anywhere in history of the league.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
This game should not have been released in it's current state.

While I guess calling it "unplayable" is a bit harsh, it's still fairly close to the truth, even if you want to play as a manager of a current day NHL team. Other leagues and the historic mode are even worse. There are bugs that have been present for over a year and the devs know about them, but they haven't been fixed. There are bugs that set you at disadvantage from the beginning, for you to just play the game. Of course these things can change with "the final patch" but I have my doubts.

I really wanted to like the game, I wanted it to be a timesink. I also have respect for the devs for bringing us a hockey sim after so many years, as well as their dedication of fixing the game and communicating with the community.

Unfortunately this is just not enough when I'm asked to dish out almost 40e for a game. I have a 100% confidence of the next version of the game being better, so buy this one if you look to support the next game. If you're just getting one hockey sim, leave this one be and wait for the next version.
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25 of 44 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
*Ignore the play time, I'm on the testing/research team*

I've been playing/testing the game for months and months! It has some issues still, like any new game but alot has changed since it was released. You'll notice the version number is .17 so yes that's almost 17 public updates to improve the game and make it better! The game is good and deep and can sap your time like any good management game. Be warned it is a management sim and not a 3D play out the games like on NHL GM mode, you are looking at stats and numbers and you are in ultimate control. Any hockey fan should at least try it! (buy it on sale if you aren't sure!) If you were a fan of Eastside Hockey Manager and want the game that will take over from where EHM left off this is it!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
If you love hockey, and love managing everything related to your favorite NHL team, then this is the definitive game for you beside the NHL series! There is no on ice gameplay though. Just strickly a menu user interface with text. So if that is something your really into, then I would not make the purchase.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
116.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
this game needs some work still... hope they can fix it with updates
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
As i go into my third season everytime i try and play the first game it continues to crash the game. Waste of money and there are so many exploits to get any player you want into your team. Think i will stick to the console nhl games.

At least they are playable and don't crash.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Pretty hooked... been waiting a long time for an updated hockey manager game. Few bugs here and there, but overall it's been stable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Poorly designed and unfinished. Skip it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Im a huge fan of most manager games, hockey included, so I was naturally excited about this game....until I played it.

Things that are wrong:
1. One of my unrestricted free agents turned down a 6.5 million dollar contract, only to sign for another team for less than 1 million. WTF
2. There is literally no atmosphere to the game, the text commentary is basic and repetitive
3. No interaction with your staff or players or anything!
4. It feels like u have no control over what happens in the game, the tactics are overly basic, like setting aggression level and basically playing man on man or zone. And choosing your lines. And even if u do you cant tell if it works come game time
5. The menu is completely cluttered and difficult to use.

It had so much potential and failed miserably. Waste of money
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
One of my most disappointing experiences with a management/gm mode games. When I saw this on sale for $19.99 I thought it would be a lot of fun since I just sold my xbox and absolutely love playing the NHL series gm mode. I was expecting it to be on the same level if not better since they're specifically specializing in the gm mode. I was severely disappointed because for one the game always crashes on me at random times and I never am able to save the game in time. Another thing that gets me upset is the ridiculous trades that happen. You could trade your 30th pick for an absolute all star instead of drafting an alright prospect. So all you have to do instead of drafting people trade your 1st round pick next year for the best pick in the draft the year before regardless of how good your team is. The menus are hard to get around and it takes forever to get where you want to go. One thing that upsets me is the fact that it takes forever to sim through a season. I have a decent computer if not good computer and it slowly chugs day after day. Weird thing is if you go do a gm mode from the past the simulation of the season goes 50x faster than it does when starting a gm mode from the normal year. Only annoying thing about doing a classic season is I can't scout special leagues like the WHL OHL BCHL SM LIGA NCAA HS MA HS MN. Instead it's just free agency I can scout. Yes the prospects are in there but your scouts don't know what are prospects or just free agents so they scout EVERYONE. All in all this was more than a disappointment. Don't get me wrong It has a lot of potential but the way they're running this now it doesn't seem like it will even be worth looking into.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Dont expect it to be good as ootp15, its a good first game into this series, i would recommend this game cause its a good base game meaning its a good first game! Buy it so you can help them with the next game, and tell them whats wrong and right about this game 7/10
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Great game if you understand hockey. Even better when nobody accepts your ridiculous 6th round pick for Jonathan Toews trade.

10/10 would buyout David Clarkson again
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