I have written many articles in past about my favorites in certain topics. I am a sportswriter and podcaster so most of my favorites will be about sports. My favorite sport is football, but my second favorite is hockey. I thought about my three favorite hockey movies and two honorable mentions. I did not witness my first hockey game till 2002 but I love sports and I use to read all the hockey stats on my local sports page. While at my first game, I fell in love with the speed of the game and it had me hooked. My three favorite hockey movies are Miracle, The Mighty Ducks, and Mystery, Alaska. The two honorable mentions are Slap Shot and Goon. I have watched all five movies many times. The three that I listed have been my favorites for a long time.
This movie is based on the Miracle on Ice game during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Those Olympics were held in Lake Placid, NY. The game was between the USA and USSR. The USA team was made up of all college athletes. Their head coach was Herb Brooks. Brooks was a tough hard nose hard pale type of coach. He took his system and told his kids that they could beat the USSR. It was Russia but in the ’80s they were known as the USSR. They were the best team in hockey for decades. Many said there was little to no chance that the US would beat the USSR. But somehow someway they did it when the USA beat the USSR 4-3. Just a few days after that the USA would win the gold medal defeating Finland. This is considered the biggest upset in sports history.
The Mighty Ducks 1992
This movie was about kids that were told they could not play hockey. It took a former player, Gordan Bombay, to become their coach. At the start, Bombay did not want to coach them but after a while got them to believe. We all know that the team had its ups and downs. In the end, they were able to beat the Hawks. The Hawks were coached by Bombay’s coach, and he wanted to show that his kids belonged on the ice and should be made fun of for trying. It took one player bravely to come to a head in Charlie Conway. Conway fell in love with Bombay as a coach and unlike Bombay, he made a penalty shot to win the championship for his team. This is a feel-good movie.
Mystery, Alaska 1999
This movie is about a team in the town of Mystery, Alaska. They are a local team that plays pond hockey that many players started playing on. If players grew up in the northern part of the United States and the rest of the world where the weather is cold probably played pond hockey at one time. One of the residents of the town convinces the New York Rangers to play against the Mystery, Alaska team. In the beginning, the Rangers and the NHL did not want them to play. The game did happen and the team from Mystery put up a fight but lost on a last-minute goal by the Rangers. The cool part about the story is that the Rangers player gains respect for the Mystery team.
These were my three favorite hockey movies. The two honorable mentions are Slap Shot and Goon. Slap Shot is a great movie about a hockey team that was promised a move. That move never happens and the players rebel and it makes it funny. The team consists of many different characters. Goon is a movie about a guy who is a bodyguard at a local bar and becomes a hockey player. The cool part about this movie is he goes against a player who has been kicked out of the NHL and has been demoted to the minors to finish his career. They meet in the final game and have a hell of a fight. These are my three favorite movies. What are yours?
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