Best hockey movies for kids and families

You might be surprised to learn that you don’t have to love playing hockey to love a hockey movie. In fact, you don’t really need to know anything about how the sport is played or even understand the rules of the game. They’re just trying to put a puck in the other team’s net, c ‘is all. But the thing with hockey movies is that they always end up being so much more than the actual game. The best hockey movies tend to be about friendship, teamwork, usually some sort of underdog element that pushes you to win a game you maybe didn’t even realize you were care so far.

Unlike movies about sports like football or baseball, there’s a kind of scrappines in these hockey movies that tend to make them incredibly watchable. For some reason, they still give off a small-town vibe, even when the sport is played in a massive arena, in some cases even in front of global audiences. It may be because the the sport was born in Canadawhich may look a bit like a small country town.

Whatever the reason, hockey movies are a fun choice for family movie night, especially when the weather turns cold. And these are 10 of the best.

The Mighty Ducks

Disney+

A lawyer is caught in the act of drunk driving and his punishment is to be trained to coach a children’s hockey team as part of his community service. There’s an unlikely premise for a kids’ movie that managed to work for just about everyone. When most of us think of hockey movies, I suspect The Mighty Ducks is one of the first that comes to mind. Emilio Estevez plays Minneapolis attorney Gordon Bombay, who finds himself coaching a ragtag group of misfits played by future stars like Joshua Jackson and Vincent LaRusso. It’s a surprisingly feel-good movie that holds its own, despite corny ’90s jokes.

look The Mighty Ducks, PG rated, on Disney+.

Miracle

Disney+

The 2004 Disney movie Miracle is based on a true story and brimming with a whole lot of flag-waving patriotism. Miracle follows the real college hockey coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) as he is hired to lead the USA men’s hockey team to the 1980 Olympics. As the Soviet team is favored to win the gold medal in hockey that year , Brooks hopes to bring his own group of college stars to the world stage. Which becomes even more difficult after suffering an embarrassing setback. Parents who were alive at the height of the Cold War will find Miracle a fun watch, while kids will end up cheering America on to win. Like always.

look Miraclerated PG, on Disney+.

Mystery, Alaska

Disney+

In 1999, Russell Crowe starred in a little-known hockey movie called Mystery, Alaska. The film follows a group of weekend warrior-type hockey players who have been asked to play hockey against the New York Rangers because of a publicity stunt. This one is definitely for older kids; directed by Jay Roach, there’s a lot of swearing and a bit of nudity, you might even want to look ahead to be on the safe side. But it’s also sweet and funny, with lots of interesting supporting characters and a consistently enjoyable story about a remote town that finds itself on the world stage doing what it loves most: playing hockey outside.

look Mystery, Alaskato note, on Disney+.

Break away

If you like Canadian humor on hits like Schitt’s Creek and working moms2011 Break away could be the perfect crossbreed for you. Rajveer Singh, played by Vinay Virmani, has dropped out of college and is trying to find his place in the world. Singh decides to go against his father’s wishes and try out for a local hockey team, and despite being the best player on the ice, he is turned down. It was then that he decided to create his own team coached by the owner of the local hockey rink, Dan Winters (played by Rob Lowe). Break away It’s about finding your own path despite what your family might expect of you, refusing to give up even in the face of prejudice. And, of course, about hockey.

look Break away, rated PG-13, on Tubi.

Jack Frost

Amazon Prime

So listen to me here. Yes, at first glance it may seem that the 1998 movie Jack Frost is about a musician father who is reincarnated as a snowman (played by Michael Keaton who managed to keep his pig’s hat attached to his new snowy head). But it’s also a matter of hockey. Because the child (Joseph Cross) of said reincarnated snowman likes to play hockey. When he’s not hanging out with his snow daddy, of course. In fact, one of the film’s pivotal scenes sees Jack trying to get in to watch his son play hockey as a snowman. It’s parental involvement.

look Jack Frost, PG rated, on Amazon Prime Video.

Pond Hockey

Amazon Prime Video

If you and your family want to immerse yourself a little deeper into the changing landscape of hockey, look no further than the documentary 2008 Pond Hockey. Director Tommy Haines interviewed hockey legends like Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby about their own relationship with the game that became their life, but the documentary is really about the heart of hockey. Playing on a frozen pond in the first-ever US Pond Hockey Championships. The documentary follows two of the 100 teams, The Federal League Allstars and Sofa King Lazy, on their way to the big moment. And it’s incredibly charming.

look Pond Hockey on Vimeo.

Music: A hockey musical

netflix

A hockey musical to the sounds of Olivia Newton-John? Who knew? The one who came up with the awesome premise of Music: A hockey musical in 2010 certainly seemed to know what they were doing. Not only does Newton-John perform songs for the film, but she also plays Hope, the mother of 17-year-old hockey prodigy Farley Gordon. Farley begins life sheltered and homeschooled, but when he is spotted as a serious hockey talent and drafted into the NHL, life changes for everyone around him. Other great hockey stars appear in this delicious film, including, once again, Wayne Gretzky. I’m starting to suspect that maybe someone is looking to become an actor or something.

look Music: A hockey musical, PG rated, on Amazon Prime Video.

The small mouse

The small mouse is perhaps the second best-known family hockey movie on the list. Dwayne Johnson plays hockey player Derek Thompson, a badass on the ice who knocked out opponents’ teeth so badly that he earned the nickname “The Tooth Fairy.” After Derek destroys a young fan’s dream, he’s somehow transformed into a real tooth fairy with the magic wand and all. To be fair, The small mouse sees Derek spending a lot more time as a tooth fairy than playing hockey, but it gives us the tagline “You can’t handle the tooth“So that’s something, right?

look The small mouserated G, on YouTube.

The Rocket: Maurice Richard Film

The Rocket: Maurice Richard Film is a biopic about one of the most famous hockey players in Canada and beyond. Maurice Richard grew up in Quebec in the early years of the National Hockey League. When he played for the Montreal Canadiens, he became a legend. So much so that when he was taken out of a hockey season for hitting a referee (things were extremely violent at the time), the whole town rioted to get him reinstated. The movie is a bit of a history lesson and a slow burn with English subtitles to boot, but that’s what real hockey once looked like. One of the best, just like Richard himself.

look The Rocket: Maurice Richard rated PG, on YouTube.

On the razor wire

Perhaps the only hockey movie to be a bit of a romantic comedy, On the razor wire has all the items you are looking for. Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) is a snobby figure skating star who fails to win gold at the 1988 Olympics after suffering a fall. If she hopes to come back and vindicate herself, her coach thinks she needs to find a figure skating partner. Enter cocky former Olympic hockey player Doug Dorsey (DB Sweeney). They reluctantly team up, sparks fly, and of course, that’s all you want.

look On the razor wirerated PG, on Amazon Prime.

It’s always a bit of a shame when the weather turns cold, so why not look on the bright side? Now you have 10 great hockey movies to watch as a family. Silver lining. Which should be the name of a hockey movie.

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