The 5 Greatest Hockey Movies of All Time
This Friday Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers, is slated to make to make its debut in America. This got me thinking, what are some of the best hockey movies out there? While a lot of them are just absolute garbage, I’m looking at you Most Valuable Primate, there are some absolute gems. So today I am going to give you guys in my opinion the top 5 hockey movies of all time!
5. Red Army (2014*)
The first film on my list is the only documentary on my list. Red Army takes a look at the Soviet Union hockey team and the complete dominance they put on the rest of the hockey world during the cold war. It was premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was chosen to screen at the extremely exclusive Cannes Film Festival. This film follows stories through the eyes of Captain Slava Fesisov and the famed Russian Five.
This film is so interesting because it goes to great lengths to show you how hockey was ran back in the 60s/70s and how serious it was taken. What also makes this film great is you get to relive the 1980s Miracle on Ice game but from the losing side. I was lucky enough to see this a part of a press screening and was able to interview director Gabe Polsky who also played college hockey at Yale. This film has never before seen training footage from Russia so that makes this a must see.
Most Memorable quote: You try to play for our enemies? I’ll send you to Siberia. You’ll Never get out.
4. Goon (2011)
Goon is latest film to take a shot at capturing what it’s like to play the game of hockey. Loosely based on a True story, Goon follows the story of Doug Glatt who goes from bar bouncer looking for his place in the world to minor league enforcer star with the Halifax Highlanders.
The whole film is leading to an ultimate showdown between Glatt and the greatest enforcer of all time Ross “The Boss” Rhea. What makes this film great is that not only are the main characters great but the most underrated part of this film are the supporting characters. You can almost write an entire article based on each supporting character’s memorable quotes. It’s a very typical story of lovable nice guy trying to make a difference and find his way in life. The only difference in this film the nice guy can throw a one punch knock out. This is a must watch for any hockey fan.
Most Memorable quote: Did you know cats only meow when people are around? It’s true, I read that in cat fancy.
3. Slap Shot (1977)
Unless you are Connor McDavid watching Slap Shot was almost like a rite of passage to all hockey players. It was the movie as a kid you wanted to watch because all you saw was hockey but your parents would do all they could to keep you from seeing it and become exposed to the vulgar that we come to know and love as hockey talk.
The story of the god-awful Charlestown Chiefs and their quest to prevent the team to fold This movie is a good glimpse at what the game used to be like in the 70s back when you were more likely to see a team like the broad street bullies and less of the fast-silky smooth hands of today’s game. This film also introduced the world to The Hanson’s. The iron league rejects, toy playing, and root beer hating thick glasses wearing hard hitting brothers. This movie is one of the funniest hockey movies out there and hands down a classic.
Most Memorable Quote: You do that, you go to the box, you know. Two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know. And then you get free.
2. Miracle (2004)
Who doesn’t know about the 1980s “Miracle on Ice” USA hockey team? A group of college kids who all come from rivals’ schools with a lot of history against each other have to find a way to play together and play against the best team in the world from the Soviet Union.
This is the ultimate underdog story and even though you know what is going to happen you will find yourself on the edge of your seat. To me the best part of this film is Kurt Russell’s performance as Herb Brooks. Just thinking about his now famous speech gives me goosebumps and will inspire you to attempt anything. This film is a powerful and inspirational story that truly captures the greatest moment in sports history.
Most Memorable Quote: Great Moments are born from great opportunity.
Mystery Alaska (1999)
This 1999 Comedy Drama about a little town in Alaska that lives and dies by their Saturday pond hockey game. After an article about the town get published in Sports Illustrated, the NHL sends the New York Rangers to Mystery to play a game of shinny out in nature in beautiful Mystery Alaska.
First and foremost, Mystery, Alaska is the town I wish I could have grown up in. The sidewalks are frozen so everyone skates everywhere, there are frozen ponds everywhere you look, and the opening season of Stevie Weeks skating the frozen river is just epic. Plus, those Saturday games are what a beer leaguer dreams of. What makes this movie so good is that it really plays to the hockey player, it doesn’t try to over glorify the game. All the footage of game play feels real, there isn’t any unrealistic knuckle pucks or far fetch plays. The most unrealistic part of this movie is that the NHL would actually pause their season to allow their players to go and play a game that their fans actually want to see. Too soon?
Memorable Quote: I play hockey and I fornicate, ‘cause those are the two most fun things to do in cold weather.
Honorable mentions: The Rocket and Youngblood
After I showed my list to Nolly and Poetzy they each gave me their Top Five lists, Check those out below!
1. Miracle 1. Miracle
2. Red Army 2. Goon
3. Goon 3. The Rocket
4. Youngblood 4. Youngblood
5. The Rocket 5. Red Army
So there you have it, my top 5 hockey movies of all time. I am looking forward to checking out Goon 2 this weekend to see if it can knock any of these films off my list. Do you feel like I missed a film? Send your top 5 list to us on Twitter or Facebook!
* Previous version had Red Army was released in 2004.