The 24 Funniest Hockey Movies Ever

Martin AverySenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2009

1. The Love Guru, by Mike Myers

Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco), the star player of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is suffering from stress because his wife, Prudence Roanoke (Meagan Good), has left him for Jacques "Le Coq" Grandé (Justin Timberlake).

Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) enlists the support of Guru Maurice Pitka (Mike Myers) to help Darren with his stress so that the team can their losing streak and win the Stanley Cup again, for the first time in 40 years, since 1967. Pitka would get on the Oprah Winfrey's show, which would make him the No. 1 guru, instead of Deepak Chopra.

2. Bon Cop, Bad Cop

Someone is murdering the bigwigs of pro hockey, with an eye to the ultimate target: the league commissioner, Mr. Buttman. The farce has extra laughs built in for hockey fans.

3. The Sweater

A funny little movie about a little boy in Quebec ordering a Montreal Canadiens hockey sweater and getting a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, instead.

4. Net Worth

The true story of how the NHL crushed a fledgling players' union in the 1950s. Based on the book of the same name (by Alison Griffiths and David Cruise), a terrific examination of the NHL's appalling record in labor relations. What did retired NHL stars do before there was a pension fund? At least one guy lived in his car.
Oops. There is nothing funny about this movie at all.

5. The Rocket
A dark portrayal of the ultimate French-Canadian hockey hero, Maurice Richard, has some funny moments with Sean Avery as a Ranger getting body-checked.

6. Slap Shot

The classic hockey movie, starring Paul Newman and the infamous Hanson Brothers.

7. Mystery, Alaska

The New York Rangers to play against the locals in a game of real pond-ice hockey up in Alaska.

8. Sudden Death

Jean Claude Van Damme trying to stop terrorists during a Pittsburgh Penguins game.

9. The Mighty Ducks

Emilio Estevez teaches a group of misfit kids how to play hockey and become a team.

10. Miracle

The story of the 1980 Olympics U.S. men's hockey team, with Kurt Russell as coach Herb Brooks.

11. Youngblood

Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze are not intentionally funny in this movie about a young skilled hockey player who needs to prove he's tough enough to make it in the Canadian junior hockey league.


12. Happy Gilmore

Adam Sandler as an overzealous hockey player who can't skate, but does have one mean slap shot.

13. Face Off

Neil Young's dad wrote this one. Groovy Bruins' star Derek Sanderson has a speaking part. Harold Ballard, the Leafs' creepy owner, appears briefly.

14. King of Hockey

Memorable scene: Spotting Kathleen in the stands, Gabby deliberately takes a "foul" so he can go to the "penalty cage" and chat her up for a couple of minutes.

15. Gross Misconduct

The true story of Brian "Spinner" Spencer, who played eight NHL seasons in the 1970s. This is the darkest of all hockey movies.

The film is built around one of hockey's most bizarre episodes. On a Saturday afternoon in his rookie year, Spencer calls his folks with big news: He will be interviewed tonight on Hockey Night in Canada. Camped in front of the TV that evening, Roy Spencer discovers that his local CBC television station is carrying a Vancouver Canucks' game instead of the Leafs.

Drunk and furious, Roy heads to the CBC building with a gun, demanding a switch to his son's game. As young Brian Spencer proudly takes a seat for his first interview on national TV, his father is gunned down by police.

16. The Game That Kills

Rita Hayworth as the coach's daughter!

17. Idol of the Crowds

John Wayne returns to the ice because he needs money to enlarge his chicken farm.

18. Strange Brew

Dave Thomas vs. hockey storm troopers. “The power of the Force stopped you, you hosers!”

19. Clerks

Rooftop hockey.

20. Just Friends

Anna Faris gives one of the single funniest comedic performances by a female in a hockey film.

21. Lethal Weapon 3

Joe Pesci gets shot on the ice. Says “OK” a lot.

22. D2

Gordon Bombay is the job of coach of Team USA Hockey for the Junior Goodwill Games in California. With most of the Ducks and a few new players in tow, he sets forth for LA.

Guest appearances by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Cam Neely, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, and Wayne Gretzky

23. D3

No Fear. No Limits. No Brakes. Just Ducks. And Paul Kariya.

24. Wayne’s World

Stan Mikita’s Donuts. Street hockey in Blackhawks jerseys. “Game On!”


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