Top 5 hockey films
With the new hockey film "Goon" - starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber - hitting theaters this Friday, we decided to take a look at our top five hockey movies.
This feel-good sports flick chronicles the underdog 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, which, to the surprise of the entire world, beat the juggernaut Russian team. Kurt Russell stars as legendary coach Herb Brooks. Do you believe in miracles?
'Slap Shot' (1977)
Paul Newman stars as player-coach Reggie Dunlop of the minor-league team the Charlestown Chiefs. When the Chiefs are slated to be shut down, Dunlop, a con man at heart, resorts to some unorthodox tactics to win games and save the team. "Slap Shot" - which spawned a pair of sequels - is most famous for the Hanson brothers, a trio of bespectacled man-children who play a very violent game of hockey.
'Mystery, Alaska' (1999)
A small town gets the chance to pit its local amateur hockey team against the Rangers (though in 1999, the Blueshirts were NHL cellar-dwellers, so it may not be that huge of a challenge). A fun little movie, nonetheless, starring Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria and Burt Reynolds.
'The Mighty Ducks' (1992)
A film that spawned an actual hockey team! Emilio Estevez stars as a lawyer who gets community service and is made to coach a kids' hockey team (which features Joshua Jackson). There are a couple of sequels to this one too, but just stick with the first.
Finding a fifth hockey film was tough. There's an award-winning Canadian film "The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard," which I haven't seen (but really want to), the romantic hockey-meets-figure-skating film "The Cutting Edge" and the chimp-on-ice flick "Most Valuable Primate." But I'm going to go with "Clerks," just for the great scenes of the clerks playing hockey on the roof of the store. And also because the film's director, Kevin Smith, has been wearing a hockey jersey nonstop for the past six years.