Piss on Old Time Hockey!!!
by Deb Beckers

Piss on Old Time Hockey!!! Eddie Shore? Piss on Eddie Shore!!!

Icing happen when the puck comes down, bang, you know, before the other guys, nobody there, then my hand goes comes up, then play stops then start up.

I thought I’d give myself a bit of a break this week – I haven’t watched many NHL games this week – I’ve been watching the Junior Worlds. Great hockey – TSN (http://www.tsn.ca/) has even been streaming the games live so I can watch at work – at least until someone figures out where all our bandwidth is going…

Where was I…

If you’re like me you spent a nice portion of these past hellidays with your family and then hibernated in front of the television watching movies (sometimes even at the same time). My tradition is, shockingly, to watch my favourite hockey movies for the hundredth time. So, just for shits and giggles I give you my TOP FIVE hockey movies to watch when you’re trying to either avoid the family or are hoping to shut them up.

Deb’s Top Five

Mystery alaska.jpg5. Mystery, Alaska (1999)

What’s not to love. There are boys who love hockey, there’s an entire town who are hockey crazy, there’s black ice, Burt Reynolds is the mayor and Russell Crowe vowed never to work in Canada again after freezing his ass off in Alberta. How can you lose?

les boys.jpg4. Les Boys (The Boys) (1997)

Canada’s top grossing French film (until #3 came along). Try and find the version that has subtitles (not dubbing for the love of iPod!). It’s, shockingly, a film about small town boys with big dreams who love hockey. If you ever wondered what actually goes on in the locker rooms… this is the 18+ version you’ve been looking for. Seriously though – it’s just a great movie.

Bon Cop.jpg3. Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006)

I cannot recommend this movie too much! Love Hockey? Hate Buttman Bettman? Interested in learning about the differences between Francophones and Anglophones in Canada (i.e. the French/English “problems”)? Plus it’s really really funny.

Oilers 1987.jpg2. The Boys on the Bus (1987)

It’s a documentary. A documentary that follows THE biggest hockey dynasties in my generation (sorry Montréal). Filmed over the 1986-1987 season, it follows the Edmonton Oilers on their quest for their third Stanley Cup. This movie actually makes me cry. THIS is what a team needs to be (in whatever sport) it’s funny and moving. If you can find a copy GET IT. The most storied team in recent history at their pinnacle, before the trades and the other crap that has sullied the league. Pure Hockey.

slap_shot.jpg1. Slapshot (1977)

How to win fans and influence fashon. Lord save me from the Hansons. Personally I liked the French Canadian goalie the best, but I’m prejudiced. Go into any bar, in ANY hockey town in North America and there will be someone dressed as a Hanson Brother. No movie before and no movie after will ever match it (especially Slapshot II – *SHUDDER* - all copies of that movie should be burned and restitution made to everyone who lost a little bit of their soul watching that piece of CRAP). Most hockey players I’ve known can recite almost the entire movie by heart (and act it out, but that’s another story). BEST MOVIE EVER.

Honourable Mention

The Sweater.jpgLe Chandail (The Sweater) (1980)

This short cartoon from the National Film Board of Canada rocks. It follows the story of a young boy growing up in Montréal, where the Canadiens are kings. He grows out of his hockey sweater so his Mom orders one from “Mr. Eaton”*. The box finally comes and he’s so excited that he can go and play at being The Rocket again. He opens the box… and life lessons are learned. It’s a sweet short.

Alright I’ve giving you mine – Fess up – I know you have some of your own. Maybe even some that AREN’T sponsored by the Rat…

*Canadian department store (EATONS) – it went bankrupt a few years ago – Sears bought what was left.

Deb is going back into her movie coma, send beer (but not that crappy American shite). Archives


Good job throwing The Sweater in there, Deb.

Slap Shot yeah!


Slap Shot is in my top ten movies EVER, let alone just hockey movies. It was the first movie I purchased when my dad bought a VCR ($79.95!!!) and was worth every penny. My entire family can recite this movie from heart - and we often do.

Also, Hanson Brothers, the band. They rule.


This young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle. Number six, Ogie Oglethorpe.


Ogie rules!!!


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"Dave's a killer!"

Great list! I'd have to add "Miracle" though. The on-ice filming of the game is incredible -- if only real broadcasts could duplicate it! Impossible, I know, but one can dream...


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