As a child growing up in the mid-90s, I loved sports and I loved movies, both loves very near to my heart to this day. During the mid-90s there were a lot of children’s sports movies being released, The Sandlot, The Big Green, Spac...
As a child growing up in the mid-90s, I loved sports and I loved movies, both loves very near to my heart to this day. During the mid-90s there were a lot of children’s sports movies being released, The Sandlot, The Big Green, Space Jam, Angels in the Outfield, Little Giants. I loved them all.
One of my favorites growing up was The Mighty Ducks 1 and 2. I used to watch them all the time whenever it was in cable, almost to the point that it annoyed my parents. Now that I am at an advanced age of 27, I can now look back and realize there were a lot of inaccuracies with these sports movies and none more than “D2: The Mighty Ducks”.
This is Team USA?
So, the plot of D2 is pretty much this: Gordon Bombay is a player who is about to be called up into the NHL, inures his knee, and instead becomes the coach for Team USA in the Junior Goodwill Games. Who did they recruit to play for Team USA? Why, coach Bombay’s Ducks team from Minnesota. You know, the same Mighty Ducks that backed their way into a Pee-wee hockey league playoffs in Minnesota.
You’d think that a country with a proud hockey tradition would have actually gotten some better and more prolific players. Instead, Team USA is full of bumbling players who have a hard time staying in rollerblades.
The following scene is from D3: The Mighty Ducks, but it’s all the same.
USA? USA? USA?
Hockey players are supposed to be graceful on the ice, but these guys make me look like Rocket Richard and this is supposed to be Team USA? Surely there had to be better options.
Iceland and Trinidad and Tobago: Hockey Superpowers?
When there’s a movie about an ice hockey tournament, you’re going to need a antagonist that is the downright superior team. Is it Canada? Russia? Sweden? No, it’s the hockey powerhouse of Iceland.
The same Iceland that is ranked 33rd in the IIHF World Rankings and played their first international game in 1999, five years after the movie came out, losing to another hockey superpower, Israel, 11-0.
You’d think at the very least they would have used Russia because of a certain game in 1980. I think the reason why they probably didn’t use Russia was because it was 1994 and Russian-US relations were finally on the mend and something as trivial as this could have upset Russia. I know I’m just grasping at straws here, but it’s just a theory.
I n fact, Russia would have been a logical choice seeing as how the Goodwill Games came to be. Billionaire media mogul Ted Turner created the Goodwill Games after the USA’s boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and the USSR’s boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. So, it would just make even more sense to have Russia be the main antagonist.
Just because Iceland has the word “ice” in it, it doesn’t mean they are superior in hockey.
Also, Trinidad and Tobago’s hockey team was good enough to make group play in the Junior Goodwill Games. All this despite Trinidad and Tobago not having a national hockey team and only three indoor hockey rinks. In fact, only one professional hockey player has ever come from Trinidad and Tobago, the WHA’s Sam Gellard.
“Cool Runnings” had come out a year before D2, so my theory is is that Disney, producers of both films, were trying to still catch that Caribbean feel from “Cool Runnings” as you can see in the video below.
The Knucklepuck No Goal
In the film, Team USA member Russ Tyler, played by current SNL cast member Kenan Thompson, had a very unique shot called the “knucklepuck”. The puck would rotate end over end without spinning on it’s center.
In the Gold Medal game, Iceland did a great job of defending the knucklepuck and blocking his shots, you know something a good defense does.. Team USA really had no answer for Iceland’s defense, except one illegal move.
Russ Tyler disguised himself as Goldberg, the team&