FTHN Magazine’s Hockey Movie Face-Off! GOON vs. YOUNGBLOOD

It’s the dog days of summer for us hockey fans. The Stanley Cup has been awarded, the NHL draft has past and Free Agent Frenzy has fizzled out. So we at FTHN Magazine think it’s time for some fun! We present the HOCKEY MOVIE FACE-OFF!

We selected 8 popular hockey movies that will face off for the next week. Each day we will bring you 2 hockey movies that will drop the gloves and go. The winner will be decided by you the fans! Enjoy.




Starring: Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb

Ontario, 1986; the struggling hometown Hamilton Mustangs are in need of a new lease on life. Thankfully, a hot, young, American prospect , by the name of Dean Youngblood, is coming to town to show the world his moves. Yet, there’s trouble brewing for the newcomer; Racki of the Thunder Bay Bombers is out for blood and the coaches daughter is out for love, which could spell disaster for his chances of ever making it to the pros. Whether it’s “tea time” with Ms. McGill or the crazy antics of Derek Sutton, you’re certainly in for a treat with this fantastic film full of dekes, jean jackets and sexual tension thicker than maple syrup sucked from the teet of the mother tree in Quebec.

FTHN: We get this started with a tough one. Youngblood was one of the best hockey movies made after Slap Shot. I am an unabashed fan of the film. Rob Lowe plays his role to a tee, of a young hot shot player put on his ass after making the jump to juniors. The star of the film is Patrick Swayze, who plays Mustang’s captain Derek Sutton. You will also notice former NHLers Peter Zezel and Steve Thomas in the film, along with a no name Keanu Reeves in goal.

I love this movie and wish I had tea with Ms. McGill.

GOON (2011) IMDb

Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber

Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) from Massachusetts, feels ostracized from his family, his father (Eugene Levy) and brother both being doctors. One day he attends a minor league hockey game with his friend Pat (Jay Baruchel). Pat taunts the visiting team during a fight and one of their players climbs into the stands. Doug, in defense of his friend, quickly knocks him out, which prompts the rest of the crowd to cheer him on. Soon after, Doug gets a phone call from the coach of his hometown team who offers him a job as an enforcer, a player whose role is to protect his teammates and act as a deterrent by hitting or fighting opposing players who take liberties with his teammates.

FTHN: I have to admit, I was in no rush to see this when it first came out. When I finally did, I fell in love with it. Seann William Scott plays an extremely likable character in Doug Glatt. The movie is also pretty deep with some great subplots like the has been superstar Xavier Laflamme, Glatt has to protect and the retiring goon, Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber) that he has to beat to be the top fist in the league.

Plus Jay Baruchel is annoyingly hysterical throughout the film.


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