Starting off our list are two movies from my childhood that inspired a life-long love of hockey and silly movies. The Mighty Ducks was a low budget film about a lawyer and former hockey player asked to coach a kids hockey team filled with misfits and outcasts. The movie is a fairly hilarious and heart-warming tale about a man trying to find himself again after failing to make the NHL, and helping a bunch of poor, downtrodden kids find a place with each other. The movie is one of my fondest childhood memories, and easily one of the best kids sports movies I’ve ever seen.
A few years later, the sequel came out, Mighty Ducks 2 adding some new faces to the team and taking them to the world championships. This movie is probably one of the funniest sports movies ever, bordering on ridiculous but not quite passing over. The funniest scene by far is when the kids start quacking at their teacher, (what the hell do you do then when that happens). There were times when the things that would happen during the games were a little out there, but it all added to the fun.
However, the thing I loved most about these movies was that unlike a lot of movies today, there was a lot of heart to them, the characters growing with each film. The wonderful moments each character got was something to smile at, something that is sadly missing from many kids movies today.
PS, there was a third movie, but it wasn’t nearly as good, Emelio Estevez barely in it, and taking the kids to a private school. It was okay, but overall the movie was disappointing, the commentary during the games painful to say the very least.