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Top 10 hockey scenes in non-hockey movies

by Dave Lozo / NHL.com
 
Everyone can tell you in great detail about their favorite hockey movies. The countless gut-busting scenes from "Slap Shot." The speech from "Miracle." Or how about when Rachel Wilson strips down to her underwear in "Mystery, Alaska?"

Hey, we remember different scenes from different movies for different reasons.

But what about when you sit down to watch a movie completely unrelated to hockey, and out of nowhere pops a hockey scene? It's like finding out the prize at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box is cash instead of a cheap decoder ring.

Do they still put in decoder rings in Cracker Jack boxes? I have no idea. The point is, those movies with surprise hockey scenes are always a joy, and we've compiled the 10 best from movies that have nothing to do with hockey. Hopefully this will be as fantastic a revelation as the movies that follow.

10. The Karate Kid (1984) -- If you're going to impress a girl on a first date, you probably shouldn't bring your mom along. But stuff like that was all the rage in the 1980s, so Ralph Macchio got away with it when wooing Elisabeth Shue. She asked him if he played hockey. "Not professionally," Daniel-san says. Man, he's smooth. That leads to a rousing game of bubble hockey over a 1980s music montage. 

9. Big Daddy (1999) -- Adam Sandler is starting to realize adopting a kid might not have been the best idea he's ever had. So he stuffs little Frankenstein with junk food to get him to take a nap that allows Sandler to watch the big Rangers game. But just before a big penalty shot, the kid wakes up and demands to watch the Kangaroo Song. Ah, kids. Then he throws up on himself, which might've been symbolic of the Rangers during that era.

8. Airborne (1993) -- Don't feel bad if you've never seen this. It was basically a response to the boom in popularity of roller blading. A cool California kid is an outcast at a new school. But they give him a chance to play in an important ice hockey game. But he gets confused and winds up scoring the winning goal on his own goalie. Interesting sidenote, the goalie in the movie is Jack Black.

7. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
-- When tracking down a criminal at a Los Angeles Kings game, Danny Glover and Mel Gibson chase the bad guy down onto the ice. Joe Pesci intercedes and gets shot. While lying on the ice, he wonders if he's going to die, but it's only a flesh wound. The crowd rejoices.

6. Strange Brew (1983) -- A movie based on Canadians really shouldn't have any surprising hockey scenes. But how can you pass up mentioning Dave Thomas randomly battling mental patients dressed as storm troopers from "Star Wars" in a game of hockey? "The power of the force stopped you, you hosers!" That's about as random as it gets, eh?

5. Zach and Miri Make a Porno (2008) -- To be fair, you can find a hockey scene in just about every Kevin Smith movie. If I recall correctly, Ben Affleck sets up Will Smith for a game-winning goal at some point in "Jersey Girl." But in "Zach and Miri," Jeff Anderson (Randal in "Clerks") is fed up with his sub-par teammates. Playing goalie and facing a breakaway, he questions why he must carry the team (in slightly more profane terms), then one-punches the skater who had the breakaway into unconsciousness. You just don't see enough of that.

4. Canadian Bacon (1995) -- Can a movie with "Canadian" in the title really have a surprising hockey scene? While you debate that, recall one of the funnier scenes in the movie. While at a hockey game, John Candy expresses his negative opinion about Canadian beer, causing the game to stop and a brawl to break out between fans and players. Seems realistic.

3. Wayne's World (1992) -- Mike Myers shooting on Dana Carvey in the middle of the street. "Car!" "Game on!" It became the cry of kids playing street hockey having their games interrupted by cars everywhere. You couldn't attend a hockey game in the 1990s without this clip being played during commercial break. Someone needs to bring back the part of that scene where Carvey says, "Chokes on the open net."

2. Swingers (1996) -- Video game hockey counts, right? A story about some guys finding their way in life, and all of a sudden, a game of NHL 94 on the Sega Genesis breaks out. It's Jeremy Roenick and Wayne Gretzky, and thanks to his opponent getting distracted, Vince Vaughn is able to "make little Wayne's head bleed." Some consider this the highlight of Roenick's illustrious career.

1. Clerks (1994) -- There are many memorable scenes involving funerals and dead men in bathrooms, but everyone remembers when Dante closed the convenience store to play a little street hockey on the roof. Sure, the premise that you can play hockey on a roof and not lose the ball every 15 seconds is silly, but this remains the holy grail of random hockey scenes.

Have your own hockey scene from a non-hockey movie? E-mail dlozo@nhl.com and let your voice be heard.


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