In lieu of Gordie Howe’s passing, arguably the greatest hockey player to ever lace them up, let’s take a look at the top three hockey movies ever made.
- The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
A film more about the actual man and the grit of the era than the idealistic legend, “The Rocket” shows star player Maurice Richard with all his flaws, his attributes and his persona. Putting you right in the action, the film feels genuine and made with adoration for its subject.
- Miracle (2004)
A heartfelt interpretation of the team of US youngsters who took down the high-powered Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic games, the film suffers from Disney nostalgia, but there has never been a more dramatic, high-quality Hollywood production hockey film. Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks is perfect, and his pre-game speech is one of the greatest of its kind in sports movies.
- Slap Shot (1977)
The ultimate hockey movie, “Slap Shot” is revered for its humor, characters and longevity. Paul Newman is sensational and the Hanson Brothers steal the show. The film hearkens back to a hockey era where fighting reigned supreme, an image that the modern NHL has tried desperately to quell, but still, “Slap Shot” remains, reminding us of that time when fighting and hockey were nearly synonymous.