Goon: The Movie

Headshots. Hard capped shoulder pads. Visors. Blindside hits. Concussions. …SAFETY!

As we’ve learned more about the long-term damage on-ice injuries are having on hockey players, we’ve tried harder to make the game safer and smarter, and so we should. These are important issues.

But one thing has sucked about it: it’s made those of us who enjoy fighting and general on-ice violence feel guilty, and have to bury the fact that we really like watching a good tilt.

Well, the movie Goon can be our escape. No guilt, no safety discussions, nothing. I can’t promise it’ll be good, but after the trailer, I can promise I’ll watch it.

It looks a little bloody for my taste, but hey – if you’re gonna make a goon movie, you kinda have to go for it. I wonder if there are any players out there who see a little bit of themselves in Sean William Scott’s character? (Jeremy Yablonski in Russia, maybe?)

Here’s your trailer:

At the very least, it has to be better than Slapshot 2, correct? That movie was so bad I wouldn’t even give Slapshot 3 a chance (yes, it exists).

Fun fact: it’s actually based on a book (and a true story at that).

You can check out more at www.goonthemovie.com or Facebook.

Our own Derek Snider caught up with a couple of the guys at the Toronto Film Festival: