There’s no better way to experience the excitement of the game than with these 5 greatest hockey movies
Sport is something that captures the hearts of people from every walk of life. Boxing gave us Rocky, basketball had Space Jam, while football provided an inspirational nod through The Blind Side, which follows the story of NFL Super Bowl champion Michael Oher. Here we take a look at the 5 hockey movies that have taken the world by storm.
Goon, which was released in 2011, stars Sean William Scott as a hockey player who gets drafted by his local minor league team for his physical style of play. This despite the fact that his skating—not to mention hockey—ability leaves a lot to be desired.
During the course of the movie, Scott’s character—Doug Glatt—develops as an integral part of his team and his role proves to be vital in the movie’s finale. Goon hardly set the box office on fire, but a cult following and a streaming revival saw a sequel launched back in 2017.
4. MYSTERY, ALASKA
This 1999 release might have the most star-studded cast on the list, featuring actors such as Russell Crowe and Burt Reynolds. Mystery focuses on a small-time local hockey team being invited to take on the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. The story begins with the town of Mystery, Alaska, at each other’s throats over petty disputes. But when the Rangers decide to visit to compete against their team, it pulls the town together for one of the biggest shocks ever.
Can a minor league team beat a Stanley Cup-winning team? Feast your eyes and find out.
When Disney decides to make a movie about your achievements, it’s fair to say you’ve left a pretty impressive mark on history. That’s exactly the legacy left by the late Herb Brooks, as depicted in the movie Miracle.
Brooks had a spot on the 1960 United States Olympic hockey team as a player, but he was cut from the team before they took to the ice. He then played on a number of NHL teams, but his true success came as a coach. He held that role across various teams for over 30 years—where he guided the U.S. men’s team to 1980 Olympic Gold—and that’s the story that Miracle relives.
The 2004 release shows Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, on the historical journey that consisted of home truths, heated locker rooms, and an unrivaled passion for success.
2. SLAP SHOT
Slap Shot was released in the late 1970s, but it didn’t truly gain traction as a much-revered film until much later. The movie tracks the Charleston Chiefs, a minor league team facing the very real prospect of folding from existence. In order to keep their fans from flocking through the gates, they switch their tactics to roughhouse aggression dashed with a twist of comedy. The momentum builds for the Chiefs towards an unlikely championship showdown and, come the ending, you’ll be cheering them on to win it as well!
1. MIGHTY DUCKS
The number one spot is occupied by another Disney film, and was it ever going to be anything but the Mighty Ducks? The story line of The Mighty Ducks takes Gordon Bombay, played by Emilio Estevez, on a journey from star player and championship-game failure, to drunk driver and the road to redemption.
Bombay must take charge of the Mighty Ducks, a junior hockey team, which causes him to cross paths with his former coach. The movie grossed over $50M at the box office, and was so popular with fans that two sequels and a spin-off TV show followed. Amazingly, after The Mighty Ducks was released Disney decided to establish an actual NHL team and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were born. Although the name and ownership have since changed, they are still in existence today—all because of a movie.
There you have it: The 5 greatest hockey movies. That’s five times our favorite sport has made it to the big screen!
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