The Mighty Ducks ‘Flying V’ Is Bullsh*t And So Is Gordon Bombay’s Legacy

04.20.16 2 years ago 20 Comments


[30 for 30 narrator voice] “What if I told you your entire childhood was a lie? That the greatest hockey play in Hollywood history was totally moronic and completely illegal? That no one can out-skate the truth? From ESPN Films: ‘The Flying V: Total Bullsh*t,’ presented by Levi’s.”

There’s a good chance that you already knew the infamous “Flying V” play from The Mighty Ducks trilogy was garbage. It wouldn’t fly in a real life hockey contest comprised of players with a shred of competency. After all, there’s a reason we don’t see NHL teams breaking out the duck-inspired formation when they desperately need a goal late in a game. It’s not only easy as hell to stop if you’ve got a single good defensive player, it’s also outrageously illegal for a variety of reasons.

Here, take a look at the first time we saw it in action.

There are some immediate notable takeaways here. First? Worst. Defense. Ever. Seriously though, even if you’re being attacked by a strange formation you’ve never seen before…why on earth would you line up like this on defense?

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That coach needs to be fired and banned from teaching hockey ever again.

Second, how was interference not called on the Ducks? There were, like, at least three different guys who blatantly interfered on the play.


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