Friday, September 29, 2006
The Mighty Ducks is The Pensblog number 1 movie of all time.
Your first love, your first seventh game, your first gut-wrenching playoff loss. All of these moments stick with you wherever you go in life.
But our number one hockey movie, the movie that makes you see the light...that's something more. That's greatness.
That greatness is the Mighty Ducks.
The importance of all these movies (yes the third one counts, you take the good with the bad) cannot be taken lightly.
To my generation, the Triple Deke, Gordon Bombay and Charlie Conway are like the
Breakfast Club, Clint Eastwood, and the Corleone Family to other generations.
But, the first movie was amazing.
The story of Gordon Bombay, played by Emilio Estévez: Unreal hockey talent (think Crosby), becomes a washed up nothing after blowing his knee out.
He then somehow puts himself through Law School, and becomes the white Johnny Cochran...going 30-0 on his first cases.
(If only Johnny were white and could skate, he may still be alive today)
Bombay then gets a DUI, and is sentenced to community service.
The court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league. Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks.
Bombay starts to come around, as do the kids. They pick up Coach Jack Riley's superstar Adam Banks.
They also pick up Fulton Reed, a big time defenseman that will own anyone.
After Hans (below) breaks the news and reports the "Panthers have the measiles", the Ducks are playoff bound.
He did not molest any of the players.
Once there, they stun District Five and make it to the championship game.
Setting up one of the more dramatic endings of all time.
After Banks gets run by his former teammates, breaking up the Oreo Line, Charlie Conway puts the team on his back. With his team tied late in the third, he goes coast to coast but is pulled down from behind.
The clock ticks to zero.... A Penalty Shot
Imagine how you felt when Charlie Conway smoked the Hawks goalie on a breakaway, using the move his Coach and former Hawk, Gordon Bombay, once failed to use for the Hawks. It is the stuff of legends.
Charlie Conway. Too bad he grew up to be a douchebag.
I originally planned to name all three Mighty Ducks movies to this list, but there is just too much. So look for a review of Mighty Ducks 2 sometime later....
But to really capture the greatness of the Mighty Ducks franchise...here is the best video ever:
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