When it comes to sports films, I have my favorites — Field of Dreams, Major League, and Caddyshack are all at the top of my list.
It’s tough to find modern sports films that rival the classics.
Rocky, Raging Bull, Hoosiers, and Bull Durham are also all considered heavy favorites by the overwhelming masses; it’s tough to argue with a list like that.
But my all-time favorite sports film is without a doubt, the hilarious 1970's hockey comedy, "Slap Shot."
Any hockey fan will understand the film’s subtleties, its characters, and the tenacity that encompassed the film’s heroes: The Charlestown Chiefs.
It was iconic for its use of vulgar language, which, at the time, had not been completely accepted by audiences.
It was old-time hockey at its best, or worst, depending on how you look at it.
It was about “putting on the foil.”
Here are the five reasons why the minor-league hockey film has a special place in every hockey fan’s heart atop the greatest sports films ever made.