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10 of the Best Hockey Cameos in Film and Television

Stars from the hockey world have made appearances in Hollywood, in films about their sport, and in others that have nothing to do with the game.
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Stars from the hockey world have made appearances in Hollywood, in films about their sport, and in others that have nothing to do with the game.

Here's a look at some of the best:

Cam Neely in Dumb and Dumber To

How could we start this list with anything but this cameo? It's easily the best cameo for a hockey player in a role where they are not playing hockey. Neely's role as Seabass might be brief in Dumb and Dumber To, but it's one of the most memorable parts of the movie. 

I'm sure the line of "Kick his ass, Seabass!" has been said countless times in the 26 years since the movie was released. Even though it's only a movie, I'd still be cautious about throwing salt over my shoulder if I'm near the Bruins president. 

Wayne Gretzky in Young And The Restless

"Call me Wayne, everybody does" 

Wayne Gretzky playing the role of a mafia enforcer? Yup, in 1981 on Young and The Restless, we got just that. 

The Great One was a big fan of soap operas and early into his pro career, he'd get a chance to appear on a show that's become a daytime TV institution. Gretzky's role on the show may have only been for one episode but some 40 years later, Wayne's trip from the "Edmonton operation" is still remembered by many. 

Numerous NHLers In The Mighty Ducks Series 

The Mighty Ducks' main trilogy of movies, as silly as they were, became one of the most well-known sports movie series'. The story of a rag-tag group of hockey players coached by a former lawyer Gordon Bombay (played by Emilio Estevez) became a series that many sports-crazed kids in the 1990s grew up with.

So many big names in the world of hockey found their way into the series including the Great One, Mike Modano, Paul Kariya, Luc Robitaille and Chris Chelios. With the Mighty Ducks brand finding new life as a series on Disney Plus, you have to wonder if we'll see any NHLers making a return to the series. Maybe a Connor McDavid or P.K. Subban sighting?

Marty McSorley in ConAir 

In his NHL career, Marty McSorley tussled with the toughest men to ever lace up a pair of skates. But when it came to this role on the big screen... well, things didn't really work out as well for him. 

Playing the role of a co-pilot in the film, McSorley faces his demise well before the end of the flick. McSorley was able to handle the likes of Tie Domi and Bob Probert but John Malkovich? Not so much. 

Georges Laraque in Goon 

Georges Laraque's reputation as a fighter - who would politely ask if an opposing player wanted to fight and then congratulate his opponent afterward -  was content gold. 

It's no surprise that when Laraque made a cameo in Goon to fight Doug Glatt (played by Seann William Scott), it was re-created. Even in the film, you can't help but have a chuckle at how, in something as violent in hockey as fighting, it's started and ended with pleasantries. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks in Sudden Death 

Sudden Death may be one of the most ridiculous movies to ever have hockey involved, I need to say that from the start. A terrorist is holding the vice president of the United States hostage in the Mellon Arena during the Stanley Cup Final and only Jean Claude Van Damme can stop him mid-game? Oh, and the terrorists are planning to blow up the arena after the game while extorting millions of dollars? 

The movie is very corny, but the absurdity of the plot has become a movie that you can't stop watching. Numerous real NHLers are in the film, including Bernie Nicholls, Jay Caufield and Luc Robitaille, whom shares a line in french with Van Damme that's hilariously profane. 

Watch for the hockey cameos, stay for the fight scene of Van Damme squaring off with the Penguins mascot Iceburgh too. 

Philadelphia Flyers In This is 40 

The Philadelphia Flyers and their players have appeared in numerous movies over the years. In This is 40, it has one of the largest collections of players from the team in the film. Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle, James Van Riemsdyk and Ian Laperriere all appear in this scene together. 

Laperriere shows off to Megan Fox that he in fact does not have all of his natural teeth and lets her try on his false teeth - which, when you think about it, is somewhat gross! 

Gritty and Hunter in Robot Chicken 

Gritty and Hunter poking fun at the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan figure skating controversy? Adult Swim's Robot Chicken provided us this situation! 

Gritty showing disdain for the giant Lynx wasn't just met with anger, it was met with an act of violence parodying one of the most shocking moments in sports history. 

Robot Chicken also breaks one of the biggest rules in sports for the sake of comedy, making mascots talk. So be warned.

Brent Burns in Vikings 

Is there a more fitting role for Burns to make his Hollywood debut? With the beard and the hair, the Sharks defenceman was a perfect fit for the History Channel series as he played a Viking known as Skane in two episodes. Unfortunately for Burns, his character sees an ending that some would say is a tad bit violent. 

Phil Esposito and Cam Neely in Rescue Me

If you're familiar with Dennis Leary, you know he loves his stick and puck. Leary is a massive Boston Bruins fan and when his show Rescue Me aired on FX, the sport got plenty of love. 

Leary played on the New York City Fire Department hockey team in the series and Phil Esposito and Cam Neely made appearances on the show. 

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