Slap Shot embodies the anarchist values of the rugged 1970‘s and the rampant counterculture of a generation whose values and norms of behavior differed substantially from those of mainstream society. As a historical document, this film provides a valuable insight into a rebellious era. Much of the youth during this time-and anyone else, in fact-had plenty to groan about regarding the decade's struggle. Using hockey as a tool for rebellion, it illustrated, both in a socio-political standpoint, but and in...
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... life today- washed up players, poor management threatening to relocate a struggling franchise, life on the road, scores of crazed fans (i.e. the “Puck Bunnies”), and the challenges away from the rink.
Slap Shot effectively documented the struggle that all minor league hockey players possessed during a tough time in hockey history. Furthermore, Slap Shot reinforced my perception that sports is a positive experience. Slap Shot is relatable as it documented the love for the game we all possess. Even though the Chiefs were not a great team, many of the players still played simply for their love of the game. While I’m sure they all had aspirations to be successful, playing the game they love with their friends was the most rewarding experience ever. Ultimately, Slap Shot documented the underdog that overcame adversity by changing strategies and personnel.
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