It's Olympic hockey time! The U.S.A. opens the preliminary round in Vancouver today with a 3 p.m. (EST) match against Switzerland. Russia, Canada, and Sweden are the clear medal favorites, so if the U.S. is gonna make it to the podium for the first time since '92, starting goalie Ryan Miller will need to get hot. Quickly. "It's just a short two-week tournament, and the room for error after the first few games changes significantly," says the Buffalo Sabres netminder. "So, I'm going to have fun with the Olympic experience, but also dial it in and have a good tournament." Incidentally, our connection with the 29-year-old Michigan native goes beyond the fact that we're hockey fans—Miller's currently dating Noureen DeWulf, a former Hot Complex. (Eat your heart out, Avery!)
Our High Five columns usually feature "best of"s, but for this edition, we had Miller name the most unrealistic hockey movies of all time. Everybody loves Slap Shot and Youngblood, so these are the hockey-inspired movies that make Miller say, "Puck outta here!" Read on for his list...
SUDDEN DEATH (1995)
"That was like the worst hockey movie ever. [Laughs.] It was just horrible, from a hockey perspective. It's just like, come on—every time they do close-ups it's the stunt man, and then they do the game action with guys you can recognize who are pro athletes. Like one scene the goalie's catching it with his left hand, the next scene the goalie's catching it with his right hand, but they haven't switched the goalie yet. It's like, what are you doing?
THE CUTTING EDGE (1992)
"Uh, what's the one where he turns into a figure skater?"
MYSTERY, ALASKA (1999)
"They use [Russell Crowe's] monologue in like every rink—I'm 50/50 on that one. The worst thing ever is when he's doing all those crossovers and he's the worst skater out there. He's doing this scene where he's supposed to be preparing himself, doing crossovers and shooting at the net, and his wife comes over. I just remember that scene vividly, and being like, 'Uh, oh my God.'"
D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1994)
"Thank you Disney. Everyone who doesn't know hockey thinks the knuckle puck is good."
THE LOVE GURU (2008)
"I never saw it because everyone told me it was kind of horrible. Justin Timberlake's in it or something? And the Leafs win the Stanley Cup? That's bad, just on that premise. The Leafs win the Stanley Cup? [Laughs.]
I don't want that to happen.