Must See Hockey Movies
If hockey is your sport, you know these names. If you're new to hockey, you'll need to get to know them. Sports movies are big hits at the box office, but some of the best hockey movies didn't make big bucks. Let's dive into the must-see hockey movies for any hockey fan, new or old.
Slap Shot (1977)
Let's get this one out of the way first. The ultimate cult classic hockey movie takes place in the fictional small town of Charlestown, New England, but is filmed in, and based on Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
The film follows player/coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) and his team The Charlestown Chiefs as they try to stave off being folded by bringing back an exciting, yet incredibly violent brand of hockey. Full of vulgar language, quality hockey action, memorable quotes, this cult classic needs to be on your watchlist.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
This may be a Disney movie, but The Mighty Ducks is an absolute all-timer when it comes to hockey movies. Hockey dropout and all-around bad boy Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets court-mandated to coach a misfit hockey team full of kids from the hockey hotbed of Minnesota.
This movie has humor, drama, and Mike Modano! It may be a kid's movie, but you'll find yourself "quack"ing along in no time. The two sequels are also quite good and build on the story well. And if you didn't know, the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL were once named the Anaheim Mighty Ducks after this movie.
The Russian Five (2018)
And now for something completely different, a documentary on the late-80s Detroit Red Wings. At this point in time, the Red Wings were a pretty brutal team, and getting NHL players from the (then) Soviet Union was next to impossible.
In this tell-all of chasing dreams, covert missions, and taking chances, you'll see a behind-the-scenes look at some pretty unbelievable stories about how the Red Wings managed to put 5 Russians on their roster, and fundamentally change how hockey was played in the NHL.
The Love Guru (2008)
Keeping the trend of something completely different, this movie, at first glance, is anything but "good". It has a 13% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it didn't even break even financially, but if you like Mike Myers in Austin Powers, you'll love this movie.
Myers (a rabid Leafs fan in real life) plays a guru who is tasked with fixing the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, and bring them to a Stanley Cup win. It's got classic Mike Myers humor, it's got Verne Troyer as the Maple Leafs coach, and it even stars Justin Timberlake as Jacques "Le Coq" Grandé, the French goalie who is known for... well, think about his name a little bit.
Okay, one more hockey comedy. A story about a bouncer-turned-hockey player who punches his way to victory? Come on, that's a good film! This movie follows Doug Glatt (Sean William Scott) who gets into a fight with a hockey player at a minor league game, albeit in the stands and gets the call to play on his home team minor league team, beating up anyone along the way.
This movie has some fantastic humor all the way through, including a selfish French Canadian superstar, some European teammates who constantly give Glatt a hard time, and a drug-addicted goalie from the Canadian prairie town with a very questionable name.
If you're an American sports fan, hopefully you already know the story of Herb Brooks, the American player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad. In this real-life story-turned-movie, Brooks (Kurt Russel) leads a team of largely college athletes over the Soviet superpower on ice by bonding them together through their love for, and desire to see the United States prevail.
This movie is emotional, and dramatic, even if you know the outcome. For American hockey players, and fans, this was a monumental moment in sports history. The movie from 2004 did a fantastic job capturing it all, and it really should be tops of your list to watch.
So there you have it, six fantastic must-see hockey movies. Find them on whatever streaming service you can, or in some cases, come across the old DVD in a thrift store. However, you come across it, make sure you strap in for some quality entertainment.