While there have been a couple of movies about hockey in Hollywood, it is seriously underrepresented compared to the other major sports. And that just shouldn’t happen as hockey has been home to some of the most dramatic and interesting moments in sports history. In order to show the few hockey films out there some love, here are the best stick and puck movies out there.
1. Slap Shot
This brash, cartoonish and obscene offering is a must watch for all hockey fans, even though it was released decades ago. This 70’s cult hit is almost like the gospel for hockey fans and has created so many quotes that still get used to this day and is simply a fun and interesting film through and through. It is just greatness and I simply can’t do it justice in writing, you just have to go see it.
This film is just as inspirational now as it was the first time I saw it. The movie is based in the real life events of the 1980 US Mens Olympic hockey team when they defied all the odds and won the Gold. Despite the fact that everyone knew the outcome of the game and how the story goes, you are still captivated to watch. It’s not about the result, it’s about the journey there, and this journey is full of breathtaking moments that have you question whether you really know what will happen or not. Truly a beautiful film that even non-hockey fans will enjoy.
When I first saw previews for this film, I was not expecting it to be much more than a brash and obnoxious story about goons in hockey. Foruntately, what I saw was an absolute masterpiece and actually my favorite hockey film of all time. While the hockey actions and silly antics are still there, the story is much deeper than that and focuses on more than just ice hockey. It is the perfect mix of crash and smart humour with some very touching moments to boot.