Friday, October 01, 2010
Must Watch Friday: Hockey and Hockey Movies!
In February 1980, the week after my thirteenth birthday, I got the flu. I lay on the couch for days, unable to move, uninterested in everything, staring at the TV. I don’t know what it was like at your house in 1980, but at my house, I was literally staring at THE TV, as in the only one my family owned. It was color (finally), but only got four channels—ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. My viewing choices were limited, so when the Olympics started, I wasn’t so much glued to the set as stuck with the only option.
That winter week I fell in love with hockey. By the time the Miracle on Ice boys were skating around the Lake Placid arena waving the flag and crying, I was a fan for life.
Luckily for a hockey fan like me, there are tons of fantastic movies out there, movies with stories and skating and every wonderful thing this Miracle lover could ask for.
Recommendations? Read on.
• Mystery, Alaska is a pretty good hockey movie starring Russell Crowe. The story follows a pond-hockey team in Alaska who plays the New York Rangers in a publicity stunt game. The skating scenes are terrific and the pond hockey game is wonderful. This isn’t my favorite Russell Crowe movie or my favorite hockey movie, but it’s not bad.
• If you want really family friendly, you can’t go wrong with The Mighty Ducks which includes not only hockey, young Joshua Jackson in his pre-Pacey Witter days, and all the tear-jerking storylines a girl could want, but also stars Emilio Estevez, my favorite uptight Brat Packer.
What about you? Is there a favorite hockey movie I missed? Are you more a figure skating fan? Have you seen D.B. Sweeney in The Cutting Edge which is about a hockey player who becomes a figure skater? I have!
In my fifth Superromance, Calling the Shots, ex-hockey player, Bryan James, and reluctant hockey mom, Clare Sampson, are thrown together when their kids have a fight at the hockey rink and their families enter mediation. My website (www.ellenhartman.com) includes an excerpt and other behind-the-scenes information.