Hockey Videos to Keep You Sane During the Lockout

Matt Davidson@MattDavidson22Contributor IIISeptember 28, 2012

Hockey Videos to Keep You Sane During the Lockout

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    With the NHL lockout still in full swing, there is little to be excited about hockey these days.

    The two sides are set to meet this Friday in New York but are not expected to discuss core economic issues. Whether or not the Friday meeting sparks more negotiations can only be determined by the NHL and the NHLPA.

    So, since hockey will be unavailable to watch for the time being, here are some hockey-related videos to help temporarily alleviate the pain of the lockout.

"Together We Can" Video

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    This video put together by Janne Makkonen is probably one of the more inspirational ones out there right now.

    Given the current situation with the collective bargaining agreement dispute, this video depicts the general attitudes of both the players and the fans. I have seen this several times and still cannot get through the entire thing without getting chills.

    Hopefully, a deal can be reached between the NHL and NHLPA who are set to meet today and the next couple of days.

Miracle

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    A miracle is what is needed over the next couple of days in order to save the 2012-13 season, but that is not what this slide is about.

    The movie Miracle, released in 2004, goes back to the year 1980 during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviets were the reigning gold medalists for the past four Olympic games, but coach Herb Brooks was determined to end that streak.

    This film chronicles the story of Herb Brooks, and how he came to put together a USA team that would challenge the USSR's dominance of the game.

    Lockout or not, this is a movie that every hockey fan needs to see.

Slap Shot

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    On a much lighter note, here is the movie Slap Shot with Paul Newman.

    Released in 1977, Slap Shot is centered around a failing team in a fictional Federal League, the Charlestown Chiefs. The team's manager is so tired of their shortcomings that he has resorted to doing almost anything he can to lure fans back to the games.

    The Chiefs, led by aging captain/coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman), begin to take a more physical and comical approach to their games and see positive results.

    Slap Shot is sure to get your mind off the seriousness of the lockout, if only for a couple hours.

Goon

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    Goon, starring Sean William Scott, is one of the more recent hockey films released. It shows that violence can actually, sometimes, be the answer.

    Like other hockey parodies, this movie focuses heavily on the physical aspects of the game and is heavily centered around big hits and fighting.

    Goon is a prime example of what the "enforcers" of the team do on the ice.

The Love Guru

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    Here's a typical Mike Meyers film, The Love Guru. Being a Canadian himself, Myers is also a big fan of the sport and of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    In an unusual plot, Myers plays a love guru who is hired by the Maple Leafs to get their star player, Darren Roanoke, back with his wife in order to improve his performance.

    The film focuses on the guru's teaching to Roanoke and the troubles that he goes through along the way. Although the film received generally negative reviews, it is worth a few cheap laughs.

    Maybe this is a strategy Brian Burke could employ on the actual Maple Leafs in hopes of turning their fortunes around.

The Mighty Ducks

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    Released in 1992, The Mighty Ducks was one of the first movies that sparked my interest in hockey growing up.

    Having coined such memorable moves as the "knuckle puck" and the "Flying V," this movie is still one of the more commonly referenced hockey films today.

    The Mighty Ducks focuses on the life of lawyer, Gordon Bombay, and his past and present life in hockey. Having missed a shot that would have won his team the title when he was young, he becomes the head coach for a peewee team following his sentencing for a DUI.

    Mike Modano makes an appearance in the film as himself and was later interviewed about the movie during his stint with the Detroit Red Wings. Modano says that he is honored to be involved in that movie, not knowing at the time the popularity that it would garner. He says that kids today are still watching the movie, and it's pretty cool to have been a part of it.

Breakaway

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    Out in 2011, Breakaway is a recent hockey-related movie that takes the game to a non-traditional market.

    If follows a young Sikh man named Rajveer as he pursues a career as a professional ice hockey player. The problem comes in that his father wants Rajveer to grow up and join the family business, while Rajveer has aspirations of just playing hockey.

    If you're looking for a new take on a hockey movie, Breakaway is sure to give you a perspective of the game that you may have not seen before.

Commercials, Bloopers and Top Lists

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    Finally, there are always the countless amounts of hockey videos and commercials online to keep you entertained.

    Here is a list of sites and "Top Lists" that should provide some entertainment while the owners and players battle it out:

    Top Tenz List of Top 10 Commercials

    Hockey Broad's Top 25 Commercials

    Hockey Night in Canada's Farewell to the 2010 Playoffs

    Hockey Night in Canada's Farewell to the 2011 Playoffs

    Hockey Night in Canada's Farewell to the 2012 Playoffs

    Top 25 Bloopers from the 2011-12 Season

    Top 10 Most Unlikely Hockey Moments

    The list goes on and on, but hopefully a new CBA can be reached soon, and this is enough to fill the time until then.

    Enjoy.

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