Not Air Hockey Tables: Hockey Movies to Inspire Pt. 2

You won't find any air hockey tables in these realistic portrayals of hockey struggles. Check out these great hockey movies today to inspire you to greatness on and off the ice.

Maurice Richard aka The Rocket

This French language biopic about hockey player Maurice “The rocket” Richard tells his story about growing up and the hard work he put in to finally play for the Montreal Canedians and lead them to an unrivalled record of five Stanley Cup championships. The film won several awards for hits realism to history and dialogue, with much of the film reviewed by Richard himself before his death.

Mystery, Alaska

This fictional story about a small-town ice hockey team that goes on to play the New York Rangers from the NHL is an uplifting story about what can be achieved through hard work, perseverance and a little bit of luck. One funny thing about the film is that the New York Rangers roster is entirely made up since the players from the real life team declined to be a part of the film (probably because they get beat). The film stars Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria and Burt Reynolds.

The Mighty Ducks

The first film in an eventual trilogy, this popular kids film about a ragtag group of youngsters who are coached by Gordon Bombay, a successful Minneapolis defense attorney who is sentenced to community service coaching the team after being arrested for drunk driving. The team eventually come together to battle a much better team than them but win out thanks to their drive and heart. It’s a great film with a classic performance by Emilio Estevez as the coach.

Sudden Death

This heavy hitting action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme was written by the wife of the Penguins owner Howard Baldwin. Van Damme stars as a Canadian-born firefighter who finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The kidnapper is disguised as Iceburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot and there is a great fight scene between the mascot and Van Damme near the end (guess who wins?) If you’re looking for a great action flick with a hockey setting you’ve got to watch “Sudden Death.”

Alan McGee is a freelance writer from MN.

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