A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town…
Release Year: 1986
Rating: 5.6/10 (5,628 voted)
Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze
A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach's daughter.
Writers: Peter Markle, John Whitman
George J. Finn
(as George Finn)
Thunder Bay Coach
Thunder Bay Asst. Coach
To Youngblood, winning wasn't everything – proving himself was.
Release Date: 31 January 1986
Filming Locations: Canada
Opening Weekend: $4,183,292
(2 February 1986)
Did You Know?
In the scene where Ed Lauter is talking to his assistant coach while the players warm up, he mutters "Three Blind Mice" as the referee and linesmen appear on the ice. That term was actually used by players and coaches to describe how badly referees officiate games.
In the fight scene, at end of movie between Racki and Youngblood. Youngblood pulls Racki's jersey over his head onto his arms, then punches Racki to the ice. When Racki is on the ice he isn't wearing his jersey anymore, then when he gets back up, Racki takes his jersey completely off.
Hey, go hump your Saint Bernard, scum-nuts.
…what Youngblood attempts, which is to tell the story of an up
star at a crucial point in his hockey career. Of all the hockey movies
seen, including Slap Shot, The Mighty Ducks movies, The Cutting Edge
focuses on hockey for only the beginning of the film) and the Van-Damme
action-film Sudden Death, (which in my opinion is the absolute worst
hockey-related movie ever made) the plot of Youngblood is the most
reasonable to me. I have not seen Mystery Alaska, but from a friend of
mine's description, it sounds quite far-fetched. (although I suppose a
group of Alaskans probably would have a chance against the Rangers
I was born late in 1979, and first saw Youngblood when I was quite young.
In fact, it was the first hockey movie I ever saw, and to date the only
I own. Part of my fascination with this film resulted from my passion
the sport of ice hockey, which I began playing at the age of 4 and
maintained competitively through the collegiate level.
What I like most about Youngblood is that the story is centered around
player (Dean) and his struggles to advance his career, despite his
The obstacles he faces in the film: lack of toughness, and clashing with
coach, and knowing his chances to go pro are running slim, are typical
themes hockey players share as they advance toward the ultimate goal of
day playing in the NHL. While Slapshot is hockey's cult classic, it is
like Animal House on Ice than a realistic attempt to portray ice hockey,
which Youngblood attempts, and quite honestly a film of such nature
be produced for the avid hockey fans around the world.
Without a doubt, Youngblood fails to portray skillful hockey, and the
off-ice action only mildly captures the life of a junior hockey player,
had the proper research been done and certain changes made
Youngblood could have joined Slapshot in hockey fans' movie collections.
The games needed to be faster, the dialogue snappier, (especially the
Reeves brainbusters) and the Rocky-ish training diminished the quality of
the film, because not only would Dean not go from being the weakest in
league to kicking the toughest guy's butt in a week, but most wannabe
professionals and junior teams have regimented training programs to
on a regular basis, and do not begin two days before the championship
of the league they're in.
Cutting that scene could have made room for a far more realistic side of
game, such as Dean being contacted by prospective coaches, agents and
interested parties to notify him they'd be coming to watch his games.
most prospects with hopes of going pro have to deal with)
Dean simply mentions that he wants to go pro and needs to play juniors if
he's going to get a contract, but that is the last we hear about him
pro, aside from mentioning it to Jessie, coach Chadwick's sexy daughter,
Dean's love interest. From my experiences, any player in junior hockey
did not receive a fair amount of attention from scouts was quite likely
going anywhere, so there should have been some effort to include them to
advance the plot of his odds of making it, because scouts would have
certainly had more influence on Dean playing tougher than anyone in the
does, although in reality his teammates should have been getting on him
As for character interplay, Dean's relationship with Chadwick's daughter
entertaining, if far-fetched. Perhaps the most realistic relationship
between characters in the film is the one between Sutton and Youngblood,
the top talents of hockey teams often have an appreciation for one
and pal-up off the ice. Not to mention, the Hollywood impact on the film
the only logical explanation for Youngblood leaving the team after
injury. In all my years as a player, I'd never heard of that one,
I suppose it just explains Dean's irrational behavior resulting from his
conflicts with coach Chadwick and his nemesis, Racki.
On the whole, I appreciate this movie, but I certainly wish it had more
an advanced pace and that it better explored and explained some of the
typical stereotypes of hockey players that it shows (star player chases
gets the girl everyone wants, the bar scene, the initiation, the opposing
team's heckling fans, etc.)
As a long-time hockey player and fan who now studies Scriptwriting at
College, I feel somewhat obligated to pen a true-to-life hockey film for
die-hard lovers of the game out there. Somebody needs to!! Youngblood,
nothing else, at least will make a decent reference.