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The Best Hockey Movies to Get You Pumped for the Season

Slap Shot (1977): A failing ice hockey team succeeds with outrageously violent hockey goonery.

As hockey fans worldwide eagerly await the start of another thrilling season, there’s no better way to get ready than by revisiting some of the best hockey movies ever made. From classic films like Slap Shot and Miracle to modern hits like Goon and Icing on the Cake, these cinematic gems perfectly capture the game’s spirit. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for a fun way to pass the time before the puck drops, these are the best hockey movies to get you pumped for the season.

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Slap Shot (1977)
This classic sports movie stars Paul Newman as Reggie Dunlop, a veteran player-coach for a minor league hockey team in dire straits. When Dunlop comes up with a plan to draw in more fans by having his players fight on the ice, it leads to unexpected success — and plenty of laughs along the way. Unsurprisingly, Slap Shot has remained an enduring favorite among hockey fans since its release over 40 years ago.

Miracle (2004)
Kurt Russell stars as legendary coach Herb Brooks in this inspiring true story about Team USA’s quest to win gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Despite the team’s lack of experience, Brooks’ unwavering determination and unique coaching style lead them to a stunning victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet Union. The miracle is an emotional roller coaster that perfectly encapsulates a championship hockey season’s thrilling highs and heartbreaking lows.

Goon (2011)
This riotous comedy follows Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), an affable slacker who unexpectedly finds himself playing for a minor league hockey team. Despite his lack of experience, Doug quickly establishes himself as a feared enforcer on the ice — and earns the respect of his teammates in the process. Goon is packed with outrageous humor and plenty of bloody brawls, making it a must-watch for any fan of hockey culture.

Mystery, Alaska (1999)
This underrated classic stars Russell Crowe as John Biebe, a small-town sheriff tasked with organizing a much-hyped exhibition game between his local team and the New York Rangers. As the Mystery Alaska residents prepare for their big day in the spotlight, they must grapple with their complicated relationships and personal issues. Mystery, Alaska is an engaging drama that celebrates the heart and soul of small-town hockey culture.

Icing on the Cake (2018)
This charming Canadian indie follows a women’s senior hockey team as they try to win back-to-back championships to save their beloved local rink. As the players grapple with the pressures of life both on and off the ice, they form a bond that helps them stay focused on their goals. With its likable characters and uplifting story, Icing on the Cake will surely put a smile on your face — and give you that extra boost of excitement for the upcoming season.

Whether you’re looking for a good laugh or an inspiring drama, these five films are sure to get you pumped for the start of another hockey season. Each movie perfectly captures the game’s unique spirit, from Miracle’s thrilling victory to Goon’s outrageous antics. So break out the popcorn and prepare for a cinematic ride that will have you cheering and laughing at the rink!

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