The Ultimate Hockey Movie Reference Guide


Welcome to NoVa Caps’ first release of the “Ultimate Hockey Movie Reference Guide”. If you have any movies we might have missed or have a favorite or quick thought or review of any of the movies in this reference, please drop us a message in the comments at the end of this post.



29 FOREVER 
– (Documentary) – The Humboldt Broncos bus crash plunged a town, a province and a country into mourning. Families forever changed. One year later, this is their journey. (IMDB)

38 – (Documentary) This unique documentary follows the life of a Slovak hockey legend, Pavol Demitra. It takes us from the very begining of his career in Slovakia through successful years in NHL to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and his tragic death in the Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. (IMDB)

ALL OR NOTHING – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (Documentary) – Go behind the blue and white curtain for an all-access pass to life in and around the Toronto Maple Leafs. (IMDB)

BREAKAWAY – (Drama) – An ethnic Canadian hockey player struggles against traditional family values and discrimination from mainstream hockey players. Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani) is a college dropout who spends his spare time playing hockey with his friends.  (IMDB)

BROAD STREET BULLIES – (Documentary) – From 1974-1976 the Philadelphia Flyers were known as the Broad Street Bullies. This movie takes a trip down memory lane going into detail of this unorthodox, but dominant team. (IMDB)

CONNOR MCDAVID: WHATEVER IT TAKES  – (Documentary) – follows the most physically and emotionally challenging offseason of Connor McDavid’s career. This documentary is the remarkable comeback story of one of the NHL’s best players after what could have been a career ending or altering injury. A world-class medical team led by Mark Lindsay, supervised McDavid’s gruelling rehabilitation program which combined advanced sport science and imaging techniques with Connor’s sheer will to overcome, allowing him to return to the Edmonton Oilers lineup for the 2019-20 home opener. (IMDB)

D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS – (Drama) – Can Gordon’s team win the Junior Goodwill Games in California in spite of all the set-backs? (IMDB)

D3: THE MIGHTY DUCKS – (Drama) – The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team. (IMDB)

DROP THE GLOVES – (Docuseries) – VICE follows the Laval Prédateurs during the playoffs, a team struggling to deliver the fights their fans pay to see, while trying to step up their game. (IMDB)

FATHER OF HOCKEY, THE – (Documentary) – Captain James Sutherland was a hockey pioneer who believed Kingston, Ontario could be the ‘Cooperstown’ of hockey. What he unleashed was a battle over the origins of the game and where best to honour hockey’s greats. Eventually two “Halls of Fame” were established; one in the hockey metropolis of Toronto; the other in Kingston, Ontario. This is the Battle for Hockey’s Hall of Fame! (IMDB)

FIRE AND ICE: THE ROCKET RICHARD RIOT – (Documentary) – In 1955, as the tightly contested hockey season was coming to an end, the star of the Montreal Canadians was suspended by the president of the league, setting off a huge riot in the streets of Montreal. (IMDB)

FLIN FLON: A HOCKEY TOWN – (Documentary) – Flin Flon, a hockey town” explores a small Canadian mining town’s eccentric obsession with its legendary junior hockey team, the Flin Flon Bombers, and how the team and the community thrive off one another. (IMDB)

GOON – (Drama) – Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. (IMDB)

HOCKEY JOURNEY – (Documentary) – YouTube creator and beer league legend, Kane Van Gate, sets out to make his first feature film while exploring beautiful British Columbia with his hockey buddies, Pavel Barber and Greg Beaudin. (IMDB)

HOCKEY’S LOST BOY: THE RISE AND FALL OF GEORGE PATTERSON – (Documentary) – George Patterson scored the first goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs – launching a hockey empire. (IMDB)

HI, MY NAME IS DICKY – (Documentary) – film on the story of Rich Clune, uncovering his battle with substance use disorder while playing in the National Hockey League. (IMDB)

HUMBOLDT – (Documentary) The film documents the team following the tragic bus crash.

HUMBOLDT – THE NEW SEASON (Documentary) – television program about the aftermath of the 2018 bus crash that killed 16 members of Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and injured 13 more. It was directed by Kevin Eastwood and Lucas Frison and commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for the CBC Docs POV television program.

ICE GUARDIANS – (Documentary) – On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world’s most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new found fight for the existence of the role itself. (IMDB)

ICE KINGS – (Documentary) -The story of the hockey team at Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, which, with twenty-six consecutive state championship victories, stands as the greatest high school sports program in history. (IMDB)

ICE WARRIORS: USA SLED HOCKEY – (Documentary) – The training is tough as the U.S. sled hockey team prepares for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in ICE WARRIORS. Sled hockey, called “murderball on blades,” is played as aggressively as able-bodied hockey – but these players battle with their sticks, sharp sled runners and the serrated ice picks used to propel their sleds. They fight it out at eye level with a fast-moving puck in this game of force, speed and strategy. (IMDB)

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID – THE DON CHERRY STORY – (Documentary) – Chronicles the life of Don Cherry, from playing minor league hockey to coaching the NHL’s Boston Bruins. (IMDB)

KINGS RANSOM – (Documentary) – Peter Berg’s documentary on Wayne Gretzky, his decision to leave Edmonton for Los Angeles, and that decision’s effects on hockey and its fans. (IMDB)

LES BOYS – (Comedy) – Ever wanted to know what guys say when they get together? This light- hearted comedy explores the male world through an amateur hockey team. Every male stereotype is analyzed, comically of course. (IMDB)

LEGENDS OF HOCKEY – (Documentary) – a Canadian ten-part/ten-hour mini-series released in 2001 profiling the history of ice hockey. (IMDB)

LOKOMOTIV HOCKEY TEAM DISASTER – (Documentary) – Contrary to popular belief, the famous Russian hockey team was not killed by a drunken crew. But could just one of the officers on deck with a medical deficiency have caused this disaster? Investigators dig deep. (IMDB)

MAKING COCO – THE GRANT FUHR STORY – (Documentary) – Grant Fuhr was the first black superstar in hockey. He won 403 regular season NHL games and is a member of the 2003 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Making Coco is the story of Fuhr’s life, on and off the ice. (IMDB)

MIGHTY DUCKS, THE – (Drama) – A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team. (IMDB)

MIRACLE – (Docudrama) – The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad. (IMDB)

MR. HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY – (Drama) – The story of Gordie Howe’s famed return to hockey at age 45, playing professionally alongside his 18- and 19-year-old sons. (IMDB)

MYSTERY, ALASKA – (Comedy) – This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised game against the New York Rangers. (IMDB)

MVP – MOST VALUABLE PRIMATE (Comedy) -When Jack, a sign-language-speaking chimp, makes a break for freedom, his talent for ice skating soon turns him into the local hockey team’s secret weapon. But the lab officials are closing in. (IMDB)

NET WORTH – (Documentary) – The story of the NHL’s early years, focusing on the battle between the players, led by Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, and the owners, over issues of benefits, pensions and the like. (IMDB)

ODD MAN RUSH – (Drama) – When Harvard hockey’s Bobby Sanders lands in Sweden’s minor leagues, his relationship with girl at the local market forces him to c0nfr0nt the realities of his childhood NHL dream before hockey gods intervene. (IMDB)

OF MIRACLES AND MEN – (Documentary) – The story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history has been told. Or has it? On a Friday evening in Lake Placid, a plucky band of American collegians stunned the vaunted Soviet national team, 4-3 in the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympic hockey competition. (IMDB)

OFF SIDES – (Documentary) – A story of ice hockey games between Moroccan and Czech teams. In the summer of 2017, young ice hockey players from the small town Náchod in East Bohemia set off on a long distance trip to Morocco, to participate in what was surely the most entertaining training camp they had ever experienced.

PUCK HOGS, THE – (Comedy) – Puck Hogs follows a men’s recreational hockey team, The Puck Hogs, through a brutally hilarious weekend tournament. In the tradition of the cult classic This is Spinal Tap, Puck Hogs is a hocku-mentary comedy about ice-prone boys turning into real-life men, and stick handling the puck over the goal line of life. (IMDB)

PUNCHED OUT – THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER – (Documentary) – Its about the rise and fall of Derek “Boogeyman” Boogaard. His fight with drug abuse and his experiences as an enforcer and what led to his death. (IMDB)

ROOKIES, THE  – (Drama) – A 17-year old wants to be a professional hockey player and eventually lands a spot on the Canadian National team. (IMDB)

RED ARMY – (Documentary) – The story of the Soviet Union’s famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players. (IMDB)

RED PENGUINS – (Documentary) – Red Penguins tells a story of capitalism and opportunism run amok – complete with gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint-venture that showed anything was possible in the new Russia. (IMDB)

ROCKET, THE – THE MAURICE RICHARD STORY – (Documentary) – A story about Quebec’s most famous hockey player, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones. (IMDB)

RHINO BROTHERS, THE – (Drama) – A story of a Canadian family and one son’s journey to make it to play in a professional hockey league. Supported and hindered by his immediate family, Stephan Kanachowski experiences a world of emotions in the up and down life of a hockey player. (IMDB)

ROWDY AND RAUNCHY LEAGUE, THE – (Documentary) The real life history of the World Hockey League.

RUSSIAN FIVE, THE  – (Documentary) – In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played. (IMDB)

SLAP SHOT – (Drama) – 1977 American classic directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league ice hockey team that resorts to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town. (IMDB)

SOUL ON ICE – (Documentary) – The story of the African American experience in the NHL. This film presents and retells the unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. (IMDB)

SWEATER, THE – (Drama) – A French Canadian boy endures the terrible shame when he receives the hockey sweater of the wrong team. (IMDB)

TOOTH FAIRY – (Comedy) A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy. (IMDB)

TOUGH GUY – THE BOB PROBERT STORY – (Documentary) – Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of legendary NHL tough guy Bob Probert. (IMDB)

UNTOLD – CRIME AND PENALTIES – (Documentary) – They were the bad boys of hockey – a team bought by a man with mob ties, run by his 17 year old son, and with a rep for being as violent as they were good. The story of the Danbury Trashers.  (IMDB)

VALIENT – The film documents the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 2018 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS – (Documentary) – For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions. NHL Original Productions provides an all-access pass as the Capitals embark on an unforgettable journey through the regular season and playoffs. (IMDB)

WILD BUNCH ON ICE – (Drama) – Billy Dombrowski and a rag-tag group kids set out on a journey to form a hockey team. To become a team, they must first learn to work together, trust in each other’s abilities to win — together they are persevering on thin ice. (IMDB)

WILLIE – (Documentary) – Documentary about Willie O’Ree who was the first black hockey player who played in National Hockey League for Boston Bruins in 1957-58 and 1960-61 seasons. (IMDB)

YOUNGBLOOD – (Drama) – A 17 year old farm boy is offered an ice hockey tryout. His brother drives him to Canada. He has fast legs, slow fists, but is chosen. Will he learn to use his fists and play ice hockey the Canuck way? Will he get the coach’s cute daughter? (IMDB)

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to The Ultimate Hockey Movie Reference Guide

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Hi, My Name Is Dickey” is a very good doc. Highly recommend

  2. Anonymous says:

    Red Penguins is mind blowing if it’s all true.

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