NHL 18 update 1.02 and Tuner Update released – Full Patch Notes

Check out what's new in NHL 18 update 1.02 and tuner update.

NHL 18 update 1.02 and tuner update is available for download on PS4 and Xbox One. The new update comes with bug fixes and game improvements. The update has added an option for Champions League Aggregate Scoring as well as improved faceoff formations during 3 on 3 play.

According to the latest NHL 18 1.02 patch notes, the new update fixed an issue where the Defensive Skill Stick state caused user skaters to lose pickup functionality. Check out full changelog below.

NHL 18 Update 1.02 PS4, Xbox One Sihmar
NHL 18 Update 1.02 PS4 and Xbox One

NHL 18 update 1.02/Tuner Update Patch Notes


  • NHL 18 patch 1.02 update has added option for Champions League Aggregate Scoring.
  • Improved faceoff formations during 3 on 3 play.


  • Fixed an issue which prevent players from moving before they were visible on screen after play resumes from a stoppage in NHL® THREES.
  • NHL 18 patch 1.02 update has added ability to change team strategies in NHL® THREES gameplay.
  • Updates to faceoff camera timing in NHL® THREES.

Puck Physics

  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has improve stick on puck collisions during poke checks.
  • More accurate stick on puck physics volume collisions during Defensive Skill Stick.

Offensive and Defensive AI

  • Improved AI puck carriers in 1-on-0 situations during play and in shootouts.
  • Improved Defensive AI decision making so that they stay with their check more consistently.
  • Fixed for AI teammates that would skate into shooting lanes instead of standing in better positions to deflect the shot or get the rebound instead.
  • Fixes to AI shooting logic during penalty shots.
  • Logic updates for AI goalie pull situations.
  • Improved shot logic for the AI
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has improved positioning for offensive AI players away from the puck so that they take their stick position/handedness into account more and position themselves and adjust their facing better based on their intention.
  • Added improvements for AI skaters that would switch to skating backwards during breakouts.

Coaching Feedback/On Ice Trainer

  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has added new videos and Training to Hockey Canada Training Camp.
  • Support added for button dekes in coaching feedback and Hockey Canada Training Camp.


  • Added the ability to blend back into skating faster out of deking.
  • Various shot animation improvements.
  • NHL 18 1.02 update has added improvements to skaters that were missing the puck too often if they were directed to perform a shot without picking up the puck first (one timers and shots from loose pucks).


  • Updates to improve animation blend issues out of shot blocks.
  • NHL 18 patch 1.02 update has improvements added for players doing a board pinch when the puck position didn’t make sense for it.
  • Blending improvements when transitioning into defensive skill stick.
  • Updates to allow the Defensive Skill Stick state to override hit intent if the hit hasn’t started to be thrown yet. This allows players to be on and off RB/R1 without letting go of the right stick.
  • Updates to improve an issue where the Defensive Skill Stick state caused user skaters to lose pickup functionality
  • Added in variance of error to the new poke check system based on player control, direction from the players facing and relative speed of the puck. This means that a player is most accurate when skating in a controlled manner and poking a still puck in front of themselves and least accurate when poking against their momentum behind themselves at a fast-moving puck. Each of these factors are also tied to the player’s attribute ratings.
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has improved hip check controls to prevent clashes
  • Poke check animation assets improved for increased poke checking accuracy before any error is added.
  • Added reaction delay based on a player’s awareness after a puck is deflected off a stick/body as players were reacting too quickly to defensive deflections.


  • Better precision when detecting puck position during saves for User goalies.
  • Responsiveness updates to User goalie butterfly motion.
  • Added updates to help User goalies challenging shots and tracking the puck. If a user is requesting to move towards the puck, allow the requested motion to transfer into the upcoming save but if the shot is back against the grain, it will not add in momentum to the save.
  • Updated save logic to reduce issues that were causing the user goalie to make save attempts on pucks that were far from the net.
  • Improved responsiveness for actions after quickly switching into control of the goalie
  • NHL 18 1.02 update has added a fix to prevent goalies from knocking their net off in EASHL as an exploit.
  • Added the ability for flinching saves to abort sooner when the puck is deflected away from the net.
  • Improved responsiveness when blending in and out of saves for goalies.
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 added new VH poke coverage.
  • Added logic to read how much the goalie should lean based on the puck position as they slide into butterfly leans. This allows for better blends and ability to seal off more of the net on the side where the puck is.
  • Various animation improvements for saves where a goalie’s limbs were clipping with each other.
  • Updates to prevent an issue where a user goalie was unable to move post-to-post after a poke check.
  • Updated some saves that were causing the puck to deflect into a goalie’s net.

Hockey Canada Training Camp

  1. Improved end of game flow to allow users to pick next training item.
  2. NHL 18 update 1.02 has added the option to select training item from pause.
  3. NHL 18 patch 1.02 update has added the ability to play videos from Training Camp pause screen


  • NHL 18 1.02 update has added an auto-fill option in Edit Lines. This option will allow a user to automatically replace all the players in their lineup based on player overall and position.
  • The end of round Competitive Seasons reward screen will now show in the HUT HUB rather than the user needing to enter the season to claim their rewards.
  • Removed the 1-minute grace period for offline and online games. Game will now count right at puck drop


  • NHL 18 1.02 update has improved Online Coop Matchup Load Screen to allows users to see more information about their teammates/opponents for team composition and latency for all online game modes (e.g., Online Vs., HUT, Threes Online, etc.) except for EASHL
  • Adding Team Overall to matchmaking rules to all online game modes (e.g., Online Vs., HUT, Threes Online, etc.) except for EASHL
  • PS4 controller light will now match the Game Setup and gameplay player color indicator
  • Updated the Game Setup screen functionalities in online game types (e.g., HUT, Online Vs. Threes Online, etc.)
  • Display Offense, Defense and Goalie ratings by default
  • Remapped the Ready button to tile option
  • Remapped the Settings tile to a button
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has resolved an issue where users would crash when performing goalie swaps in the intermission pause menu for HUT, Draft Champions, and Online Vs.


  • Added the ability to award a penalty shot in EASHL 3s rather than go on a 4-on-3 or 5-on-3 Power Play.
  • Fighting turned off in EASHL 3s.
  • 3-on-3 strategies added to EASHL.

Game Modes

  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has added Season Modes for additional leagues (EBEL, HockeyAllsvenskan, and the Champions Hockey League Tournament)
  • Added Division Re-Alignment to Franchise Mode. This allows the user to move teams around within the divisions before the start of a Franchise Mode.
  • Added the ability to allow the user to edit their custom or relocated team’s jersey and mascot during the offseason in Franchise
  • Added the ability to see all the CPU lines in View Lines
  • NHL 18 1.02 update has added the ability to allow a user to change strategies in 3-on-3 Overtime
  • Added the ability to view all the pending free agents in the upcoming FA class as well as 2 and 3 years out in the Pending FA Screen.
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has added a “Sim to Regular Season” option in quick links during the preseason
  • Added the option to view player information on the offer sheet pop-up
  • Added the option to decline a trade and change your trade block in a CPU trade offer
  • NHL 18 1.02 update has added option to switch teams while in the trade screen in the player select pop-up
  • Improved FA logic where Team Chemistry is still taken into consideration deep into Free Agency when they should be willing to lessen demands.
  • Improvements added to correctly apply stats growth to a player who received stat growth the previous year.
  • NHL 18 patch 1.02 update has added updates to help resolve an issue with Scouting showing semi-accurate potentials of players that should be Unknown potentials.
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has improvements added to prevent the morale of a player being set to “angry” immediately after signing in Free Agency.


  • Added in Birthday goal calls in EASHL
  • Added in various speech improvements


  • NHL 18 1.02 update has added in the EBEL Championship Sequence with trophy
  • Added in the Champions Hockey League Championship sequence with trophy
  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has added in a Champions Hockey League mode unique wipe
  • Various camera improvements for environment geometry blocking play


  • Added Away uniform for Ottawa Senators
  • Added Away uniform for Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Added Away uniforms Nashville Predators
  • Added CCM Premier 2 Goalie Pad Set
  • NHL 18 patch 1.02 update has improved Portland Winterhawks Uniform

Hockey Canada and Training Camp Videos

  • NHL 18 update 1.02 has added 4 New Button Deke videos
  • Added better shot quality changes, better shots and sizzles for 8 Hybrid & 94 Controls videos
  • NHL 18 1.02 update has updated the audio from Ray Ferraro in 3 Skill Stick videos (Shot Aim, Faceoff Draw, Faceoff Tie-Up)
  • Added/Improved 8 Hockey Canada Rules Videos:
    • Offside – Shot Improvement
    • Icing
    • High Sticking
    • Delay of Game
    • Tripping
    • Interference
    • Penalty Shot
    • Goalie Delay of Game
  • Added 5 Hockey Canada Goalie Videos
    • T-Push vs. Strafe
    • Angles vs. Positions
    • Butterfly
    • Butterfly Slides
    • Hug Post

Check your game update and download NHL update 1.02 for PS4 and Xbox One. The patch size is around 1 GB.