With my love for movies and hockey I have decided to put together this page to highlight as many hockey movies as I have seen, give personal reviews on all the movies I have watched so you can decide what ones you want to watch or maybe save for another day or skip entirely. The list will continue to grow as I come across new movies. Wherever possible I will share links of where you can watch online (legally) or where you can buy the movie.
Warning! Not all these movies are good!
Top Hockey Movies (no particular order)
First up is Legends of Hockey It is not a film but a documentary, and a must see for any hockey fan wanting to know more about the history of the sport.
A literal history lesson on each decade of the NHL with fantastic insights and interviews with players up until the mid-’90s when the documentary was released. Even if you aren’t a hockey historian, I promise the DVD set is well worth your time.
Mystery, Alaska is probably one of the more known hockey movies out there, and for good reason. It may not have been an immediate success, but for me this is one of my all time favourite movies.
When Mystery Alaska’s amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers the entire population must put their petty differences aside and pull together as their small town becomes the center of a nationally televised event.
Weather you have kids or not, these movies are a good way to sit back and relax – a must see for any hockey fan.
D1: Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer, is haunted by memories of his childhood, when, as the star player in his champion hockey team, he lost the winning goal in a shootout, thereby losing the game, and the approval of his coach. After being charged for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks. In the finals, they face Gordon’s old team, coached by Gordon’s old coach, giving Gordon a chance to face old ghosts.
A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach’s daughter.
A story of a Canadian family and one son’s journey to make it to play in a professional hockey league. Supported and hindered by his immediate family, Stephan Kanachowski experiences a world of emotions in the up and down life of a hockey player.
Another Documentary, but again worth watching.
In 1972, a historical ice hockey game tournament is arranged where the cream of Canada’s professional stars of the National Hockey League would play against the best of the Soviet Union’s. Although Canada and the USSR have faced off repeatedly on the amateur level before, most of Canada is smugly convinced that the Soviets will be no match for the pros. However, that assumption is forcefully shot down when Team Canada is soundly trounced in the first game by the skilled Soviet Union team. What follows is a bitter struggle as Team Canada fights to recover in a series that would change Canadian hockey’s self-image and history forever.
Ever wanted to know what guys say when they get together? This light- hearted comedy explores the male world through an amateur hockey team. Every male stereotype is analyzed, comically of course.
One of the best recent Hockey movies there is! And Goon 2 is now out and will be added to this list! Both are a must see!
Doug Glatt of Orangetown, Massachusetts is floundering in life, he having no real sense of where he fits – having a “thing” as he calls it. He doesn’t have the book smarts to become a doctor like his adoptive father or his gay adoptive brother Ira. And he doesn’t have the passion that his best friend Pat has for his self-appointed work, hosting a hockey based cable call-in show, Hot Ice. Because his fists and skull are figuratively like steel, Doug is good at the enforcement part of his job as a bouncer despite he having a naturally friendly childlike
approach to dealing with people and situations. An incident involving Doug in the stands of an Orangetown Assassins minor league hockey game leads to its coach, Rollie Hortense, offering Doug a tryout with the team as its enforcer, the tryout regardless of the fact that Rollie has no idea if Doug even knows how to play ice hockey (which he doesn’t). Learning just enough hockey skills, Doug makes the team. Rollie, however, quickly …
This powerful tale of the NHL’s early years follows Ted Lindsay, an all-star for the Detroit Red Wings, in his quest to create a Player’s Association to protect the rights of players against the ravages of monopolistic, profit taking owners. Lindsay, spurred on by the memory of a former teammate who died broke because he couldn’t access his pension, mobilizes players from around the league to his cause.
Based on the Book: Written by Walter Gretzky recounting his recovery from a stroke which left him without any memory of his son Wayne.
User Review: Living in Brantford, Ontario I have had the pleasure of meeting several members of the Gretzky family – especially Walter. To us, the Gretzky story is more of a reality than a story and it is known by almost everyone. This movie more than captured the feelings of what happened to Walter, and the whole experience. They way that the actor in the movie portrayed Walter is exactly how I see him every time I am at the local hockey arena.
This is definitely a movie worth watching, even if you are not a fan of hockey. It will bring tears to your eyes and make you smile at the same time.
This is another one of my favourites, it is not a documentary, but it captures so many true events and opens your eyes to some of the secrets of the NHL.
In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as an ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his team and the fans. In the face of these doubts, Richard eventually shows the kind of aggressive and skillful play that would make him one of the greatest players of all time as “The Rocket.” However for all his success, Richard and his fellow French Canadians face constant discrimination in a league dominated by the English speaking. Although a man of few words, Richard begins to speak his own mind about the injustice which creates a organizational conflict that would culminate in his infamous 1955 season suspension that sparks an ethnic riot in protest. In the face of these challenges, Richard must decide who exactly is he playing for.
Filled with the biggest names in hockey this movie/documentary is a must see.
Pond Hockey examines the changing culture of sports through insightful interviews with hockey stars, experts, journalists and local rink rats alike. More than just a celebration of a beloved game, Pond Hockey searches the open ice for the true meaning of sport.
I would like to remind you I said these were not in any particular order!! The first two slap shots are 2 of my all time favourites, they are all about hockey, easy to watch, funny but also include good story lines. Any hockey fan must watch these!
A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.
Not as good as the first, but another must see!
With the original Hanson Brothers still on the same minor league ice hockey team, the Chiefs are sold to a new owner who gives them a female coach and puts them in a league in which they are to be regularly humiliated by an opposing Harlem Globetrotters-like team.
Despite being from the UK, this movie makes me feel American and has you cheering on the USA! Another must watch!!
The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team’s coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels’ now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
Most Valuable Primate
Well, its a fun movie…
Jack is a three-year-old chimpanzee who has been the subject of a long-term experiment by Dr. Kendall, a researcher who been teaching Jack to communicate through sign language. Jack, however, has not been making progress fast enough for Dr. Kendall’s sponsor, Dr. Peabody, who has cut off his funding and sold Jack to a medical research lab. Afraid of what could happen to his simian friend, Dr. Kendall sneaks Jack out of his home in the lab; however, Jack is accidentally sent to Canada, where he escapes and is discovered by Tara, a deaf girl who recognizes Jack’s sign language. Jack has an even bigger surprise for Tara’s older brother Steven; Jack scrambles onto the ice in the midst of practice for Steven’s junior league hockey team, and he and his teammates discover the primate has a natural talent for the game. With Jack on the team, Steven’s team is on their way to a league championship, but Jack’s notoriety attracts the unfortunate attention of Dr. Peabody, who are determined to send Jack back to his new owners.
If you like Golf or Hockey, this film will be like marmite. If you like Adam Sandler / Comedy then you’ll like the film…
A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother’s house.
Born in America, but raised in Havemahkeeta in India, with a population of 76, Maurice had always to better Deepak Chopra, and be sexually active, ever since he was 12. His Guru, Tugginmypudha, while approving of Deepak, cautions Maurice and has a chastity belt put around his waist, much to Maurice’s chagrin. Years later, Maurice has established himself as Guru Pitka in America, but would like to appear in the Oprah Show and be better than Deepak Chopra. When Jane Bullard from the the Toronto Maple Leafs hires him to counsel their star hockey player, Darren Roanoke, to win back his wife, Prudence, from Kings’ star player, Jacques Grande, and also stand up to his dominating mother, Lilian, he agrees to do so – with hilarious results.
They made a 3rd one??
I know, maybe you didn’t hear about it either, there is probably a reason for it… It is worth a watch, but don’t expect anything like the first, or even second. It is however funny and a good watch.
The Hanson Brothers are back, and who better to whip a ragtag youth team into shape for the upcoming championships than the most unpredictable trio ever to strap on skates? Time is running short before the big game, but perhaps if the Hanson Brothers can teach their young protégés the true value of a solid check, these inexperienced underdogs can use brutality to their advantage and finally score a winning goal.
Yes, its a musical… I said not all the movies on here were good!
It is however all about hockey, if you like musicals and hockey then I guess you’ve hit the jackpot!
Seventeen-year-old Farley has led a sheltered life, raised on a diet of home schooling, organic living and trips to the art gallery. To his parents’ dismay, Farley loves to play shinny with the local rink rats. To their even greater dismay, Farley is scouted and signed by the owner (Stephen McHattie) of a junior league team, where he becomes an instant star. But Farley discovers that stardom comes with a price-including the expectation to fight on the ice. Throw in a changing relationship with his best friend (Allie MacDonald), and Farley finds himself losing his way.
The Boxers from Brockton, MA and the Canadiens from Fredericton, NB are two teams at a 2003 Montréal junior hockey tournament. The Boxers almost didn’t attend because of the rising global tensions due to the US initiated Iraq War. After arriving in Montréal, the Boxers wished they hadn’t attended as they face anti-US sentiments time after time, some bordering on the potentially violent. This situation is especially troubling for the family of the Boxers’ star forward Michael Carver, whose twenty year old brother Chris Carter gave up his own hockey life to enlist and is scheduled to head over to Iraq soon. One half of the Canadiens star first line, coach Neil Martin’s twelve year old son Jordan Martin, doesn’t like the treatment shown to the American team. Although distracted by his parent’s crumbling marriage whose problems are due primarily to competing careers, Jordan decides to do his small but seemingly insurmountably problematic part in fixing the wrong that has been done. Regardless of if Jordan can pull off his plan which may be at the expense of his own promising hockey career, his actions may show others that bridging gaps in other aspects of life are worth attempting.
Don’t jump to see this one first… but its worth a watch, it shows some of the struggles people face to do what they love.
An ethnic Canadian hockey player struggles against traditional family values and discrimination from mainstream hockey players.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this page, now pick a movie and sit back and relax.
These are not all the hockey movies out there by any stretch, if you feel I have missed a good one worthy of this list please feel free to comment below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org it will be appreciated.
Thanks, Luke @ Dallas Stars Fan Site.