NHL playoffs just began, and it’s a great time to celebrate the sport with the best hockey movies in history. From Slap Shot to Goon, Hollywood managed to capture and create fantastic moments on and off the ice… grab some popcorn, it’s showtime!
Goon is one of the most iconic hockey movies ever for plenty of reasons! It’s got a classic story, a great ending, and an even better cast. It stars Sean William Scott as Doug, a “goon” on a hockey team, who will give anything for his hockey team and works hard to win. Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, and Jay Baruchel (who also co-wrote the script) all star alongside Scott. It is based on a book, which is, in turn, based on a true story. Goon is a quick, adrenaline-filled film, with plenty of on-the-ice suspense.
Young Rob Lowe, at the beginning of his acting career… do we need more reasons to watch Youngblood?
This is a classic ’80s film and features all of the decade’s loud fashion and music. It follows Dean Youngblood (Lowe)’s transformation into a hockey star. With a ton of workout and makeover montages, the movie celebrates Youngblood’s youthful spirit, sometimes more than it celebrates hockey. However, most don’t really care, as Youngblood put hockey on Hollywood’s map, and turned many onto the sport. And Rob Lowe, of course.
Slap Shot (1977)
Starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean, this sports-comedy classic will make your heart fill with nostalgia. Even though Slap Shot is hilarious and witty, it also shows the dark side of the hockey (and sports) world, when a team resorts to violent play after their popularity winds down. The team desperately tries to stay relevant, and the outcome is both funny and alarming – how far will they go? Nancy Dowd, the writer, based the Slap Shot script on her brother’s minor league experience in the ’70s, and boy, does she capture an era’s feelings on hockey.
“Do you believe in miracles?” It became one of the most iconic lines in sports history. Miracle is a classic because it tells a story every hockey fan knows: the USA team winning at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Its one of the greatest hockey movies ever as it’s a real underdog story. And while it doesn’t get all the details right, Miracle is mostly accurate! Plus, it stars Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Noah Emmerich, among others. The cast features incredible chemistry, and once you start watching it, you won’t stop.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
If you grew up in the ’90s, you probably loved The Mighty Ducks. It’s a typical fun Disney movie, starring Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson, and Shaun Weiss. Moreover, it introduced hockey to many children and teenagers around the world. Ducks is an educational movie, showing that an individual and team’s wellness is more important than winning at any cost. The story focuses on Gordon Bombay (Estevez) a rich attorney who must coach a local community hockey team as punishment for a DUI. It’s so sweet it might give you a toothache, but one’s eyes ever remain dry after Coach Bombay says, “I believe in you, Charlie.”