I'm glad someone else is pointing this out. Ever since that NHL.com promotion in March, I keep seeing this March 93 release date and I felt like I was taking crazy pills as that made no sense to me.
-The internet says NHLPA 93 came out in December 92. You're telling me NHL 94 came out 4 months later?
-The expansion draft occurred in June 93, as pointed out above. There is no way EA could've "guessed" Anaheim would take Lonnie Loach with the 42nd pick, for instance.
-No way EA could've known stanley cup finalists (also pointed out above)
-Lastly, I distinctly remember being in 7th grade at the time in the fall of 93, and I was on a week long field trip for school. I was dying to get NHL 94, and I remember being pissed the game came out that week and I was stuck at this field trip/nature school thing. I wanted this game so much I bought a Genesis just for this game because the SNES of version of NHLPA 93 was crap and I wanted the best version of 94. Next time I'm at my parents' house I am going to dig out my old stacks of videogame magazines and find the summer/fall issues that preview this game for a fall release that I must've re-read 1000x times.
A March 93 release date is inexplicable. There's just no way.