Ughhhhh. I am so sad. I was planning on going to a bar tonight to watch the Boston Bruins capture the Stanley Cup. Instead, the dream was cut short Monday night, when the Chicago Blackhawks won Game 6 and ended the series 4-2. Wahhhhhh!
But I will not despair, because there is PLENTY of hockey on TV this week for all KINDS of people. Tie up your skates and let’s hit the TV rink!
1) The Mighty Ducks, Thursday, June 27 at 5:15pm on HBO Family
These days Emilio Estevez is known as Charlie Sheen’s younger brother, but in the early 1990s this handsome devil was the BIZness. He was married to Paula Abdul and starred in a string of hit movies including this gem from 1992, where he played a hotshot lawyer turned hockey coach. Confesh: I never actually saw this movie because I was a very hip eighth grader when it was released. I preferred watching Rated R movies like The Crying Game and Scent of a Woman (with my mom, of course). But my fourth grader brother Andrew loved it!
2) The Cutting Edge, Monday, July 1 at 6:15am on HBO Signature
Okay, this is another movie I never saw, which is surprising since I was its prime demographic when it was released in 1992: young, easily influenced, and an Olympics fiend! Oh well, here’s my chance to catch it this time around. At any rate, this movie centers around an arrogant figure skater played by Moira Kelly and a down and out injured hockey player portrayed by D.B. Sweeney who end up competing in the Olympics together as a figure skating pair and, wait for it, falling in love! Soooo sweet!
3) Slap Shot, Tuesday, July 2, 3:15am on Showtime Extreme
Paul Newman was many things. A great actor, husband to Joanne Woodward, and a purveyor of delicious salad dressings.
He’s also the star of this 1977 movie, which has been called the “Best Guy Movie of All Time” (by Maxim magazine, so take it with a grain of salt or a side of Newman’s Own Mango Salsa). While its initial reception upon release was mediocre, it has since been considered a classic comedy. And hello, look at the cast. Newman, the mom from A Christmas Story, Swoosie Kurtz, Michael Ontkean. Pretty cool!
So there are your options for hockey viewing since there is no Game 7 of the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately other hockey movies such as Youngblood starring Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze (RIP!) and Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell, Napoleon Dynamite, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are not on the agenda for the coming week, so you’ll have to Netflix those bad boys if you want to check them out.
And Bruins . . . thanks for a great season!