From what I recall, Blades of Steel came a little later and was in many ways better than the original Ice Hockey. The only thing I didn't like about BOS was that the players were fairly the same in terms of speed, size, and ability. Ice Hockey had what, a fast and skinny guy that can be hit fairly easily, a fat and slow guy that was hard to get the puck from, and a guy that was a mix of both. Fighting was definitely better in BOS though and it happened more often, sometimes 10 a game. I don't really remember goalie control in Ice Hockey, but the control in BOS was pretty good. The only thing that made it really hard was when you had a guy taking what amounted to a slapshot about 5 feet away from the goalie and the puck could just go anywhere on net. And the shot rarely missed the net.
Ice Hockey had more of the fun factor, but I'd go with BOS. In terms of later editions of ice hockey video games, nothing beats NHL 94, which is probably the best.
they were both a shitload of fun to play. tough call.....tough call.
i'm pretty sure that ice hockey is on the wii virtual console and i downloaded it a while ago. it'd be nice to see BoS on there too. maybe i should hook my wii back up. it has been collecting dust for quite sometime now.