Although Slapshot is the finest hockey movie ever made, there are a couple of others that I've recently watched that are focused more on the drama and struggle of hockey and less on the comedy. The two movies that I recommend are "The Rocket" and "In the Crease."
The Rocket is the story of Maurice Richard. Besides the obvious scoring records that Richard is known for, this film really tells a bigger story of the life of Richard, the growing pains of the NHL, the rise of the Montreal Canadiens, and the love affair between professional hockey and the entire city of Montreal. For those more hardened and "enforcer types" out there, you will love the scene where Richard totally clobbers the character played by Sean Avery. Even though it is entertainment and acting, it will still warm your hearts to see Avery get clocked. I know I was audibly cheering. Mike Ricci, Vinny Lecavalier, Ian Laperierre, and a few other NHLers (and ex-NHLers) star in this movie.
The next movie is growing a kind of "cult following" similar to Napolean Dynamite. It is certainly a low budget film and often times comes across as a home movie. However, it is still a hockey film and therefore ranks well above most other movies available anyway. It is a story of the California Wave hockey team from a couple of years ago. I believe it is a Bantam AAA team and the movie follows them through much of their season and the weeks leading up to the National Finals. The movie interviews family members and the themes of sacrifice and struggle certainly ring loud and clear. The financial and family costs are well documented in this film. The movie also has a focus on many of the key players and what they each bring to the team. The movie also has a focus on the Head Coach at times and that part of the movie is pretty cool for the coaches out there. For those outside of CA, you may be surprised that hockey actually exists here. This movie not only shows that hockey exists here, but that California players and teams can dominate in North America.