Best Canadian Sports Movies In Modern Time

Goon includes the most epic hockey fight ever featured in a motion picture.

Canadian cinema has always stood out for producing documentaries. That is, it was a cinema specialized in a single cinematographic genre. This reality began to change in the last 3 or 4 decades, when a new generation of filmmakers emerged who leveraged the country’s cinema and gained worldwide recognition, mainly through participation and awards in the leading film festivals in the world. Today, Canadian movies have even won the Oscar for best foreign film, among other significant awards.

1. Goon (2011)

In “Goon,” we follow the trajectory of Doug Glatt, a silly and honest guy who didn’t get along very well in life. He works as a bouncer in bars in his small town Orangetown (Massachusetts), always looking to find something he’s good at. It seemed impossible. Most hockey scenes were filmed at the Portage Credit Union Center in Portage la Prairie, the home arena for the Halifax Highlanders. So it is possible to visit the place where the movie was recorded, and for sports betting lovers, we have separated a list with some Canadian gambling sites.

On any given night, while watching a hockey game with his insane friend Ryan, Doug gets into a fight with one of the players and simply knocks the guy out with a headbutt (remembering that the player was wearing a helmet). The Orangetown Assassins coach then decides to hire him, proving to be a wise decision. Finally, Doug would find something he’s good at. And there begins his climb, based on punches and missing teeth, to the top of the annals of hockey history… at least in the Minor League, where the beast catches on.

The term “Goon” means intimidating bodyguard or gang member. The slang is used in hockey for those who don’t play. They just protect attackers and make the truculent defense. For those of you who don’t know, violence is one of the high points of hockey, both strategically and in terms of “entertainment.” It’s the only sport where everyone stops to watch a fight, even the judges. A bloody and beautiful tradition, a literal fist blender that is part of the uplifting spirit of the game (type “epic hockey fights” on youtube and see).

2. Chokeslam (2017)

Chokeslam is a Canadian romantic comedy film directed by Robert Cuffley. The film follows Corey Swanson (Marquette) before a high school reunion. He tries to reconcile with a girlfriend who has publicly rejected him and become a professional wrestler.

Ten years after high school graduation, clerk Corey Swanson (Chris Marquette) still lives in the shadow of humiliating public rejection of his proposed marriage to high school sweetheart Sheena DeWilde (Amanda Crew). Sheena is now thriving, albeit troubled, Pro-Wrestler and is returning to town for her high school reunion.

When she announces her retirement, Corey tries to regain her affection by organizing one last fight in the city’s wrestling arena. Frustrated by the efforts of her overprotective mother (Gwynyth Walsh), well-meaning friend Luke (Michael Eklund), who is hiding his motives, and Sheena’s cheeky boyfriend/manager Tab (Niall Matter), Corey struggles to make the event a success for Sheena and to remind her of what they once had.

3. Grizzlies (2018)

In “The Grizzlies,” based on a true story, Schnetzer acquires another nationality to play Russ, a Canadian professor in one of the most remote places in the world, Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Sent there just two days early to fulfill the required community service hours while waiting for a job at a posh high school, he knows next to nothing about the area or its people, being part of a tribe.

The opening scene shows us what initially appears to be a boy and a dog taking an idyllic walk through unexplored, snow-covered landscapes. But it quickly becomes tragic, and we find that this region has the highest teen suicide rate in North America, along with widespread domestic violence and alcoholism.

Russ has a lot to learn from these students, as he begins to notice when he casually ignores a boy’s pain for his girlfriend, not realizing the boy is suicidal. But Russ also has something to teach or enable them. He is a lacrosse player and is so attached to his lacrosse stick that he carries it while running.