With the best teams in hockey currently playing for the championship, movies may be far from your mind. However, hockey season never has to end with some great films about teamwork and perseverance, available to watch all year-round.
For the whole family (and even non-hockey enthusiasts!), Miracle is a great movie to watch. Set around the 1980 Olympics, it captures the competitive yet cooperative spirit of the game. The Mighty Ducks, another Disney film from a decade earlier, teaches about honesty and friendship. The recent Peanuts Movie, though not about hockey, has some charming scenes that pay homage to Charles Schulz’s love for the game.
Perhaps it is the nature of the game, but many good hockey movies aren’t quite family-friendly. Whether it is the beer league sense of humor, the anger management issues, or the colorful language, many of the most famous hockey movies are R-rated. Slap Shot, released in 1977 and starring a younger Paul Newman, had the original Hanson brothers, who would have hip checked anything resembling a boy band into the boards. Mystery, Alaska is a good date night movie with something for everyone in it: underdogs, humor, and relationships. If you need a quick hockey movie fix, you can watch Sean William Scott in Goon (it’s also currently available on Netflix streaming).
Looking to the more serious side of hockey, Red Army is a recent documentary that has Captain Fetisov recalling the pride and pressure felt during turbulent Soviet political times. The Rocket chronicles French-Canadian Maurice Richard during his legendary years in the 1930s to 1950s. NetWorth, based on a novel by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths, follows the crusade to create the NHL Players’ Association.
Though it’s not a true hockey movie, we’d be remiss in not mentioning Wayne’s World. That troublesome twosome had a love for street hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks, and Stan Mikita.