EA Sports NHL ’96 (1995)

Audio Lead | Composer | Sound Design | Post-Production

I had recently met Saki Kaskas and was in a band  with him. I asked him to play on these songs and I soon discovered I really liked heavy guitars.


  • Chris Kline June 19, 2022

    Thank you so much for creating this amazing music! The NHL 96 soundtrack inspired me considerably, demonstrating yet again how well heavy guitars could come together with other instruments to make a killer game soundtrack!

    Chris Kline

  • Leo August 28, 2021

    Hi Jeff,

    Im from Amsterdan, The Netherlands!

    Thanks for making music for NHL, nhl 96 pc version intro was and is for me the best music you can get for a NHL game.
    If you have it and can share it, i love to get an HQ version of this track, because youtube only has 240P resolution videos.


  • Rno June 8, 2018

    Still great music, you rock Jeff. Impressive back then, still heavy. So sync with game videos and so. Awesome job.

  • Jeff N August 18, 2016

    I would love to hear the Van Dyck version of NHL 96 “Ready for This” again, where it *doesn’t* say “y’all ready for this?” instead, in the NHL 96 version, someone says something in what sounds like a foreign language. loved it.

  • These songs always make me think of hockey. I remember when I bought NHL 96, and it just blew the Sega Genesis and SNES versions out of the water. Your awesome music was definitely a part of it. For a brief moment there (until the Playstation came out) I was the King of the Hockey World and everyone wanted to come over to my house to play NHL 96 because it was SO COOL and so greater than the console versions at the time. Your music was definitely key to that awesome experience, so cool. Finally as a PC Sports Gamer I could go IN YOUR FACE 16-BIT SUCKERS and you were a huge part of that so THANK YOU SO MUCH. I still listen to these tracks in my car. Your work is fantastic, and hearing it always brings me back to those wonderful halcyon days of my youth in the 90s. Just hearing the synths fire up immediately takes me back, so much nostalgia and so much awesome. You rock!

    • Frank March 31, 2016

      Yeah, you’re right, i’m a big fan of this music, too. It’s still in my iTunes list!!!!

      Thumbs up!!!

  • Ryan Anstey May 12, 2014

    Oh man I remember back when I was about 10 years old I used to go to the sound setup page just so I could listen to the music. Sounds like that’s the Stanley Cup track. So glad it’s on here! Thanks for keeping this content alive, it’s the music of my childhood.

  • Luis February 5, 2014

    Love NHL96 Menu 3 track, the best.
    Remember those old good days playing with my friends this great game.

  • Peeder October 1, 2013

    I really love those NHL´96 and ´97 soundtracks… just great hockey music that gets you to the right mood! I wish EA Sports would still order music from you! 🙂 Great memories!

    Greetings from Finland!

  • RIck June 11, 2013

    Jeff your music made the old NHL games epic. Thanks for the free downloads. I moded my NHL 13 with all your menu music!

  • Steven February 6, 2013

    Where’s the music for those video highlights that certain teams had?

  • Frank May 12, 2012

    Yeah, really great… One of my fav. tracks from you, Jeff…!

  • Avalanchehockey October 12, 2011

    The NHL 96 song 1 is one of your best! Just a powerful hockey song.

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