Boston, MA --
As the Bruins gear up for their game against the Kings in Los Angeles today, the connections between Hollywood and hockey become even more apparent.
Every decade or so, a seminal hockey movie is released that captures the sport and it’s ability to transcend obstacles and generations. Even the players can become celebrities of sorts, with parents naming their children in their honor and magazines splashing their images across the front page.
So as the B’s come to Hollywood today, we reflect on the day earlier this month when Hollywood came to the B’s. It was Jan. 2, the day of the Legends Classic, where former Bruins, Hall of Famers and actors came together to simply play a game for charity.
Claude Julien explained that even the head coach of the Big Bad Bruins gets starstruck like everyone else.
“You’ve got these Hollywood stars coming in and doing their part as well. And I’m just as excited as anybody, being around these guys in the dressing room.,” he said. “But this is great, this is a great situation. And for me, I’m excited.”
Kiefer Sutherland, Tim Robbins and Denis Leary were just a few of the Hollywood legends that stepped out on the ice that snowy afternoon. Like the rest of the Bruins faithful, they were thrilled to have the chance to see their childhood heroes back playing the game they grew to love.
“I’m not a hockey player, but to be able to skate with these gentlemen is an honor,” said Sutherland. “To be able to skate in this place, with these people, it’s an honor.”
With films like Slapshot
, The Rocket
, and even The Mighty Ducks
, the sport of hockey has become culturally popular, lucrative and, more importantly, inspirational.
Despite the success and wide appeal of the movies, nothing is as good as the real thing.