NHL 96 is a hockey game and part of EA Sports' annual series licensed by the National Hockey League. This iteration of EA's NHL franchise had fighting return to the gameplay in addition to adding double minor penalties. It features all the rosters and teams from the 1995-96 season.
The graphics for the PC version of the game used 2D sprites on a 3D background. The game did not see a Saturn or PlayStation version, though NHL 97 would.
The cover features Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman and New Jersey Devils captain Scott Stevens battling for a puck. NHL 96 represents the last year that more than a single athlete is featured on the cover of the game.