5 Best and Worst Hockey Movies of All Time

Eddie Theisen@ETGoWings19Contributor IIIAugust 9, 2011

5 Best and Worst Hockey Movies of All Time

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    When it comes to fan bases, the NHL might have the most loyal group of fans. Especially big American fans, who sometimes have to work to watch a game, whether it's going to a bar, a friend's house or, in some cases, finding a stream on the Internet. Legally, of course.

    Hockey fans are especially picky when it comes to making a show or movie about their beloved sport. It is very easy to screw up a hockey movie with some unrealistic scenes or corny dialogue. 

    Here are the best and worst hockey movies of all time.

Best: 5. The Rocket

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    This French Canadian hockey movie was the story of the great Maurice "the Rocket" Richard. To Americans, you might have to put on the subtitles, but it's still a great movie.

    It captures the true spirit of the original six and old-time hockey.

4. Mystery, Alaska

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    This movie is somewhat of a stretch. The fact that an NHL team would take time out of their schedule to play pond hockey against a bunch of "eskimos" is a little unrealistic. The team from Mystery, Alaska faces off against the New York Rangers.

    The movie is good, in my opinion, because there are a lot of hockey scenes and a little drama following them. I don't want to give away the ending in case you haven't seen it.

3. The Mighty Ducks

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    Do not act like this was not your favorite kids' movie when growing up. This tale of the "District Five" team is my favorite Disney movie, and one of my favorite hockey movies.

    "Good save, Goldberg, we'll get 'em in overtime."

    The best part of the movie is obviously when Charlie, Charlie, Charlie puts the puck in off the post on the dramatic penalty shot with no time left. Emilio!!!

2. Miracle

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    "Miracle" captures the best sports moment of all time, the U.S. upsetting the Russian hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The story was basically a bunch of kids going up against professional players. The Russian team had won the last four medals in the hockey event, and were the clear favorites for the 1980 gold medal.

    The U.S. team had a different idea, and completed the biggest upset in sports history, defeating the Russians 4-3, then defeating Finland for the gold. If this movie was made up, it would be horrible.

1. Slap Shot

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    Is there any question which movie is number one? The funniest and best sports movie of all time is Slap Shot.

    The struggling Chiefs from Charlestown are on the verge of being sold to Florida. They bring the team, and the fans, back with the legend of the Hanson brothers.

    They goon up the game and the league, but start to win games.


    The Chiefs go out on top, but in the very weird fashion of Ned Braden. Watch it, if you haven't, or better yet, just buy it. You won't regret it.  

Worst: 5. Youngblood

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    By looking at the cover, you can tell this isn't much of a hockey movie. The terrible 80's collage doesn't help the cause, either. Keanu Reeves as a goalie? Come on.

    Anyway, the movie is about an aspiring hockey phenom from the farm, trying to make it big. 

    Sounds awful already, right? The stick fight was a part that made me laugh uncontrollably. Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze obviously cannot skate, as it shows the feet the whole movie.

    Also, when Lowe gets the penalty shot with no time left, the puck hits the back bar, which is an automatic goal. But they make it dramatic, as if it has to land behind the line. 

4. National Lampoon's Pucked

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    The fact that Bon Jovi and "Bud" from Married with Children are the main characters is already enough reason not to watch. That's all.

3. Sudden Death

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    Jean Claude Van Damme is the main character of a "hockey" movie.


    He needs to find all the bombs rigged in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena before the Pittsburgh Penguins lose Game 7 of the Stanley Cup. If the Penguins lose, he blows up a building full of Penguins fans. Go Hawks.

    Just kidding. Luc Robitaille ties the game up with no time left to send it to "sudden death." This movie marks the first time the Stanley Cup was never finished due to "kick ass."

    "You soaked her."

2. Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

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    Just looking at Stephen Baldwin makes you laugh. Especially in a hockey uniform. This movie shows the Chiefs, struggling once again, on the verge of a sale. This time Gary Busey buys them.


    They become part of a Globetrotter-type hockey show, except they are the losing team.

    This movie is bad because the Hanson Brothers don't have any good scenes until the end, when they play a real game. Of course, at the beginning, they fight the mascots. 

1. MVP: Most Valuable Primate

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    The fact that someone made a horrible, hockey-playing monkey movie shows that no one associated with that movie likes hockey. It was like they were trying to piss off hockey fans everywhere. The monkey had a 110 mph slap shot. 

    One time, he pulled a Shea Weber and put the puck through the net. The ref missed it, but then when his deaf sister saw it because of her ability to see better, the ref checked the net and saw a hole in it. So that must mean it went in?

    This movie makes me mad just talking about it, and the fact that a goalie who made one stop the whole movie gets signed to the then-Mighty Ducks is just ridiculous.