Franchise Hockey Manager 7

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The Franchise Hockey Manager series returns for the 2020-21 season with plenty of new additions to the deepest, most authentic hockey strategy gaming experience you can find.

Read what all the top critics had to say about Franchise Hockey Manager 7 for PC at Franchise Hockey Manager returns for the 2019-20 season with plenty of additions to the deepest, most authentic hockey strategy gaming experience you can find. Choose one of 32 leagues around the globe and select a team to guide to glory, including a chance at the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup®.

Choose one of dozens of leagues around the world and select a team to guide to glory, including a chance at the ultimate prize: FHM7 is licensed by the NHL®, allowing you to take the reins of your favorite franchise to capture the Stanley Cup®. Take control of a national team and try for international supremacy. Choose a historical game, where you can begin in any year in NHL® history right back to the beginning in 1917. Or if you'd like to create your own customized league, you can do that as well!
However you choose to play, you have control of your team and can oversee finances, select strategies, hire your staff, make trades, sign free agents, and draft the newest generation of stars as you try to build a championship team - and then make it into a dynasty!FHM7: Live Every Moment.
All new for Franchise Hockey Manager 7:
  • 2D Game Engine: Our game simulation has been rebuilt from the ground up, and now shows games in a top-down, fully-animated view that lets you see every second of the action!
  • Historical International Tournaments: International games have been added to historical play, so you can control a team in legendary events like the 1972 Summit Series and the Miracle on Ice in 1980. We've also added a large number of non-NHL players to the historical database, so if you want to see what the cold war-era NHL would've looked like with the stars of the Soviet bloc added, that's now possible.
  • More Customization for Custom Leagues: We've made the custom league setup much more flexible - you can now add as many leagues as you want, all of them fully customizable. The playoff editor also has a new custom configuration option in addition to the pre-set default systems.
  • Redesigned Scouting System: The scouting interface has been simplified and made a little more visually appealing with the addition of maps showing the coverage your team (and individual scouts) have. Scouting reports have also been changed to provide more useful and relevant information, and Scouting Levels now include an estimate of the player's likelihood of reaching his potential.
  • Reworked Draft Screen: Mock drafts, a draft review, and scout recommendations have been added. Additionally, we've moved the draft dates in modern and custom games - they now occur in early July, as they do in historical, which allows expansion teams to participate in them during their first season.
  • Configurable Historical Evolution: When when you opt to turn on historical editing, you can now specify if you want changes like league foundings/closures, team expansion and deactivation, and rule changes to continue as they did historically or not, in any configuration you want.
  • More Farm Team Control: If you want more control over your farm team, you can now have direct control over their depth charts and staff hiring.
  • Schedule Editing: A long-requested feature, schedules can now be exported for editing, and then re-imported.
  • Waiver and Intraleague Drafts: The beloved Waiver Draft has been added to historical play in the years it existed, along with its predecessor, the Intraleague Draft. Additionally, both are also available as options that can be activated for any other type of league.

Franchise Hockey Manager 7 Release

And that's only the beginning! Other significant changes and additions include:
  • Reworked the news screen to show more headlines and flag personal messages and those which need a reply.
  • Real-life full-career stats are now included on the player screens in historical mode, so you can see if a player is matching his real performance...or cheat a little, if you want to see how a potential draft pick really turns out.
  • A team search tab has been added to the player and staff search.
  • Various international upgrades: national teams run by the user no longer clear rosters after tournaments end, so you don't need to rebuild them, international staff histories are now recorded, and we've made various UI improvements and fixes to get the international screens working a little better.
  • The continue button now alerts to you to upcoming events like drafts and trade deadlines.
  • Database improvements like significantly expanded international stats histories for players, award histories for most leagues, and more
  • The success of a national team now has an effect on the quality of new players generated by that country.
  • Players can now be designated as Untouchable if you don't want to get trade offers for them, and players on other teams can be flagged as 'Not Interested' if you don't want them to be included in trade offers to you.
  • The Aging attribute had been split into Aging and a new attribute, Development Rate to make our modelling of player career arcs more flexible.
  • Roster AI has received a number of adjustments, mainly in the area of how the AI determines player value; most of these are designed to take advantage of systems (line chemistry, etc.) that didn't exist when the last major roster AI revision was done. AI teams' free agent-signing behaviour has also been improved.
  • The player search screen's filter now allows minimum ratings scores to be included in the filter criteria.-We've made some database and player generation changes to significantly reduce the memory usage of long-term leagues, allowing much better long-term game performance for users with limited RAM.
  • Many new things are editable on the player, team, and league screens - contract settings, favourites, foreign player restrictions, among others.
  • Boxscores can now be exported as csv files.
  • The later years of historical player data got a lot of re-work, fixing some inaccuracies and significantly adding to the number of post-2010 players who haven't made the NHL yet

In addition to all of that, there are he usual large variety of smaller and internal changes, tweaks, database changes, interface improvements, and the 20-21 team and player updates!
Franchise Hockey Manager
Genre(s)Sports game
Business simulation game
Developer(s)Out of the Park Developments
Publisher(s)Out of the Park Developments
Platform(s)Mac OS X, Windows
First releaseFranchise Hockey Manager 2014
September 3, 2013
Latest releaseFranchise Hockey Manager 6
October 11, 2019

Franchise Hockey Manager, abbreviated as FHM, is a text-basedice hockey simulation for career, historical, and fictional play. 'FHM creates a management simulator that offers total, believable depth in managing a hockey franchise,' PopMatters said in a review.[1]

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FHM's publisher, OOTP Developments, is well known as the company behind the long-running series Out of the Park Baseball.


GameRelease datePlatforms
Franchise Hockey Manager 2014September 3, 2013Windows 8
Franchise Hockey Manager 1September 2014Windows 10
Franchise Hockey Manager 2September 28, 2015Windows 10
Franchise Hockey Manager 3October 31, 2016Windows 10
Franchise Hockey Manager 4October 6, 2017Windows 10
Franchise Hockey Manager 5October 5, 2018Windows 10
Franchise Hockey Manager 6October 11, 2019Windows 10


The most recent version of Franchise Hockey Manager 2 (FHM 2) released on September 28, 2015 on Mac and PC. It is available through the developer website and also through Steam.[2] The new version allows the user to take control of a team in any of 21 leagues from around the world, including the NHL, KHL, Canadian leagues, minor leagues in the US, leagues in the UK, leagues in Sweden and Finland, and more. You can also play any historical NHL or WHA season back to 1931 or create a custom fictional setup. FHM 2 also contains a new game engine, a revamped tactics system and support for league expansion.[3]

Like its cousin, OOTP, FHM puts players in the role of a GM and coach: They sign free agents, trade players, set up strategies, decide on lines, and more.

FHM 2 has been noted as being a large improvement over its predecessor.[4][5][6][7]

'When all's said and done, Franchise Hockey Manager 2 is a big step up from its predecessor. Those who have stuck by the developer and go out and purchase this game having previously owned Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 will find a much more polished game this time around. They will also be pleased with the care and attention the team have given to the database, game modes and options, and the sheer number of teams and players available from the get go,' wrote The Digital Fix.[7]

The first version, FHM 2014, was released on September 3, 2013.[1] It featured 19 leagues from around the world, It also included historical NHL play back to 1947 and the entire 1970s history of the WHA.

'The amount of detail involved is great -- they have rosters and prospects for all NHL teams, but also for junior and European leagues -- and it's still fun to mix and match line combinations,' wrote TSN (The Sports Network) columnist Scott Cullen in a column on Oct. 2, 2013.[8]

A major update to the game, released on March 9, 2014, included: new training, scouting, and staff/personnel systems; four new leagues in the US, Switzerland, Asia, and Finland; a new blind mode; and many fixes and improvements. With that release, the game now had 23 leagues.[9][10]


In an April 3, 2014 interview conducted by Bryan Calhoun, who co-hosts the Got Game show on the Sportsnet AM 590 radio station in Toronto, for the Sportsnet web site, FHM producer Jeff Riddolls explained that the game is 'part of a genre of sports management games that’s very popular in Europe – Football Manager, our soccer counterpart, sells well over a million copies annually – but only has a small audience on our side of the Atlantic so far.'[11]

When Calhoun asked how the game handles the unique rules of the many leagues in the game, Riddolls explained: 'It does [have them]. In some cases, though, those rules are a little difficult to model within the game - the limitations on the use of 15-year-olds in major junior, for example. So we occasionally have to handle them in an abstract way or leave a rule out if it just won’t work in a game setting, but for the most part we try to have the league rules work as accurately as possible.'

Riddolls also confirmed that like OOTP Developments' other major title, Out of the Park Baseball, FHM will be an annual release.


  1. ^ ab'Franchise Hockey Manager 2014'. PopMatters. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  2. ^'News: Franchise Hockey Manager 2 Unveiled'. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  3. ^'Feature set update on Franchise Hockey Manager FHM2 and release date'. GM Games - Sports General Manager Video Games. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  4. ^'Review of Franchise Hockey Manager 2 - What a difference two years makes!'. GM Games - Sports General Manager Video Games. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  5. ^'Franchise Hockey Manager 2 Review (PC) - Operation Sports'. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  6. ^'Test Franchise Hockey Manager 2 : de la gestion sans baston. sur PC'. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  7. ^ ab'Franchise Hockey Manager 2 Review Gaming @ The Digital Fix'. Gaming @ The Digital Fix. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
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  9. ^'Franchise Hockey Manager Gets Major Update'. Operation Sports. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  10. ^'Franchise Hockey Manager for Mac OS X revved to version 1.62'. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  11. ^Rogers Digital Media (2014-04-03). 'What exactly is Franchise Hockey Manager?'. Retrieved 2016-09-20.

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