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Miracle is a 2004 movie about the true story of college coach Herb Brooks who was hired to coach the 1980s men's Olympic hockey team. A group of collegiate ice hockey players are brought together and united over wanting to defeat the favorited Soviet team. This team's dedication and hard work becomes a reflection of America versus the Soviets during the Cold War. This movie is a tear jerker and provides a Disney adaptation of something that inspired America for years to follow. Fans of Miracle and of ice hockey rely on this movie for hope and the idea that hard work does pay off when it is earned. The pregame speech that the actor playing Herb Brooks gives is truly inspiring and motivating for those who don't even play hockey. This movie is also known for the goosebumps fans get through each one of the trials and tribulations that the American team endures during it.
The movie Slapshot premiered in 1977 and captured the hearts and joy of Americans instantly. This cult classic movie is a comedy about a minor league ice hockey team that is threatened with termination because of play offs in the town. Coaches of the minor league team resort to violent play during their games in order to draw in more support from the crowds. Eventually the coach decides that violence was not the way to go and that they should focus on the skills of his players over violent attacks on their opponents. However, by the time this decision was made their main rivals had already prepared their team with large and extremely violent players. The victory at the end of this movie is comical and joyous for viewers. Although the story behind this movie is laughable, it shows the fun side of hockey while bringing in the importance of skill as well.
Pond Hockey is a documentary that premiered in 2008 about the changes to the sport of pond hockey into ice hockey over the years. This documentary interviews famous hockey players throughout time such as Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Neal Broten, a member of the 1980 Olympic team and others, and Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins. The stories told by past and former NHL stars adds an interesting perspective and a lot of value to the documentary. Fans found this documentary interesting and informative about the history of hockey while also focusing on the changes of what the sport has become today. Pond Hockey also intertwines the story of the first ever United States Pond Hockey Championship. The championship features over 100 different teams while the documentary focuses on the two main teams of the tournament. These teams that are the main focus of the documentary are the Federal League Allstars and Sofa King Lazy.
The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story is a Canadian-French biopic about the famous NHL player Maurice Richards also known as "The Rocket." Many familiar NHL faces make appearances in this movie such as: Mike Ricci, Sean Avery, Vincent Lecavalier, Pascal Dupuis, and many others. This movie focuses on Maurice Richards life from the start to his journey of joining the Montreal Canadiens. This film also features the importance and the impact of the Richard Riots, where riots ensued because of an altercation between Richard and NHL president and Richard was subsequently suspended for the rest of the season. Although the movie is a biopic and the ending is already set in stone, fans can't help but sit at the edge of their seat because of all the drama that takes place during the film. The Rocket worked against all odds his entire life from referees putting him down to players trying to take him out of the games: Richards' life story is no small feat and this movie proves it.
The story of Walter Gretzky is documented and portrayed in the movie Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story. Walter Gretzky is best known for being the father of the National Hockey League's legendary player Wayne Gretzky. This movie is a heartbreaking and inspiring story by CBC that encapsulates the health issues and his comeback that Gretzky had during his life. In 1991 Gretzky suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm which completely destroyed his short term memory. Grtezky then spends his time helping out charities, fundraisers, and assisting a summer youth hockey camp as a coach in California. During his recovery, Walter recounts that the only language he could speak was Ukranian. Gretzky does not play himself in the movie but instead is portrayed by an actor. This movie features a ton of interesting facts about Gretzky for hockey fans as well as a touching story about how he overcame the most difficult thing that completely changed his life.
The movie Net Worth was a television film that premiered in the 1990s. This film is based off the story of the Detroit Red Wings player Ted Lindsay. Lindsay was a nine time National Hockey League All Star who worked with Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens to bring together a small, but powerful, group of players to fight against the owners of the NHL in the 1950s in order to protect the rights of all NHL players. However, the main focus of this film is about the conflict between Lindsay and the manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Jack Adams. Lindsay went through many tough moments during his time fighting against the NHL, including having to win over his teammates to join his fight and threats against him from the owners of the NHL. The key point to this movie is that Lindsay and Harvey formed an "association" and not a "union" which helped them avoid a larger wrath from the team owners. Although the ending of this movie is slightly disappointing, fans love how it highlights the unfairness of the NHL labor laws that still go on today.
Les Boys is a 1997 comedy movie directed by Louis Saia. Viewers have referenced this movie as a more mature version of the Mighty Ducks movie series. The plot of the movie revolves around a lower level hockey team under the name "Les Boys" that is made up of non professional hockey players with various "real world" professions. Although the plot of the movie strays from hockey during the middle of it, hockey still remains the primary focus. On the day of the championship game, the team faces against a lot of more professional minor league players. Viewers still love this movie although it is not one of the more typical inspiring films, the comedy and hockey playing within it are why it is a fan favorite to so many.
Youngblood is remembered for its inspiring and dramatic story and its famous celebrities. Patrick Swazey and Rob Lowe star in this hockey film. This movie features a 17 year old farm boy that is offered tryouts to an ice hockey team in Canada where he must learn the more aggressive side of hockey rather than just utilize his speed during the games. The main character, Dean Youngblood, goes through many trials throughout the film but eventually works his way to the Memorial Cup Finals and ends up making the winning goal within the last three seconds of the game. This movie leaves viewers feeling fulfilled and proud of the character and his development over the course of the film.
The Mighty Ducks is a very successful 1992 film that ultimately ended up having two sequels afterwards because of its popularity with viewers. The plot of this movie involves a self centered lawyer who is sentenced to community service of coaching a youth boys ice hockey team. This comedy is a family fan favorite because of the positive message that lays within the movie rather than the focus on the sport of ice hockey. However, the heartwarming story also revolves around the strength and perseverance the hockey team creates throughout the movie and ultimately winning the championship game at the end of the film. It is important to remember that even though this is a hockey movie it is also a kids film, so the message behind the movie focuses much more on the payoff of hard work rather than the sport of ice hockey.
Mystery Alaska is a comedy and drama movie about an extremely small town that gets very excited when their home hockey team is chosen to shoot a television event. The amateur hockey team is set to play against the National Hockey League's New York Rangers. The story captures fans by showing them that the amateur team may actually have a shot at winning the game against the Rangers. However, in this film there are not any actual New York Rangers apart from the cast because all refused to participate in the movie. This movie draws in viewers and allows them to feel the emotions and effort that the amateur team put in leading up to the big game, which helped attach fans to each character in the movie. Although the amateur team did not end up winning the game, the match actually ended up being pretty close and to that the Rangers and viewers at home applauded them.