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Stocking Stuffers for Hockey Fans
Top 10 Hockey Movies of All-Time
12/16/13 - By Ray Hartjen -

The holidays are a stressful time, and finding the perfect gifts for the hockey fan in your life isn't easy. And while game tickets and team sweaters are good for under the tree, don't fall risk for getting five for fighting by neglecting the stocking. Movies are perfect stocking stuffers, and hockey fans can scratch their hockey itch all year long with a little planning and foresight. To that end, here's the (almost) definitive list of the top ten hockey movies of all time. All that's missing is popcorn and cold Kokanee beer.

1. Mystery, Alaska (1999)
A star studded ensemble cast and a story line about the game, not a game, and the thread it weaves through the fabric of a small town. It's the perfect hockey movie. Look for Mike Myers as a Don Cherry-esque television analyst ("… a big heart and a bag full of knuckles").

2. Miracle (2004)
A sound argument can be made this story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team deserves the top spot. No real argument - let's call it 1A. Kurt Russell somehow pulls off the role of Herb Brooks, and the movie plays hard and fast to the facts. Miracle is a top-notch film, even for the few people out there who don't love hockey.

3. Slap Shot (1977)
Paul Newman stars as player/coach Reg Dunlop and the world gets introduced to the legendary Hanson Brothers, leading to cultural icon status north of the border. This movie is a timeless classic, and one best enjoyed with a cold six pack. "Puttin' on the foil."

4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
I know what you're thinking, and you're wrong. Alan Ruck, in the role of Cameron, wears a Gordie Howe #9 Detroit Red Wings sweater for almost the entire movie. We're talking Mr. Hockey. That makes it a hockey movie. Plus, the list would be pretty short if not for a very liberal application of "hockey movie" criteria.

5. Clerks (1994)
Here we go again - Brian O'Halloran, starring in the role of Dante, doesn't want to work, mostly because he has a hockey game in the afternoon. Remember? Thus, it is assuredly a hockey movie. They end up playing the game on top of the roof at the store. A great one camera, black and white film, where I'm certain beer was the single largest line item expense on the budget.

6. Hockey Mom (2004)
This movie is also marketed as Chicks with Sticks, a much better title that conjures all sorts of promising imagery. Alas, the movie is about the complete opposite of those fantasies, providing all the reason needed for a quick, merciless death at the box office. Sure there is a human interest story - single mom, squabbling family, pending house foreclosure, etc. - but the straw that stirs this drink is hockey. A movie definitely wronged by the Academy.

7. Goon (2011)
Seann William Scott, perhaps best known for his Stifler role in the American Pie series, plays Doug Glatt, a hockey fan and all-around nice guy who turns into the game's most formidable enforcer. It's a different spin from the "hooker with a heart of gold" storyline of Julia Roberts' Pretty Woman and seemingly every Broadway play of note.

8. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Of course it's ridiculous - it's a kids' movie for crying out loud, and you go into it knowing it's going to be sappy and sugary sweet. But, if I didn't put this on the list, there would be an open slot for Rob Lowe's Youngblood and nobody wants that.

9. The Cutting Edge (1992)
D.B. Sweeney is injured in an Olympic hockey game, putting his NHL dreams on ice. Moira Kelly is a figure skater who goes through partners like Taylor Swift. Naturally, they get together to form a mixed pairs team, practice all the time, fall in love, and dream of skating glory. This makes the list solely for one line - "Toe pick."

10. Untamed Heart (1993)
Okay, you're definitely right this time. Christian Slater flick. Enough said, right? Not so fast. The flick co-stars a fresh-from-her-Oscar Marissa Tomei. Christian catches a puck shot into the stands during a North Stars game. This makes the list primarily as a fitting tribute to Marissa for her stellar work in The Wrestler - You're welcome, Marissa, and no, thank you.



Contact Ray at rayhartjen@letsgosharks.com


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