Slapshot 2
Breaking the Ice
(2002)

SHORT VERSION:
Claremont eventually gives Sean a cash bribe to leave the Super Chiefs and convince the team to play along with these staged games against the IceBreakers on the way out, but Sean soon remembers how he is a hockey player, as are his teammates, and decides to return to them. He finds the Hanson Brothers and brings them and the Chiefs’ old jerseys to one of the shows, and during intermission between the first and second periods, he tells his team about how Claremont tried to bribe him and reminds them of who they really are and to not let Claremont take it away from them. The team puts on their old jerseys and become the Chiefs again, and they play a real game against the IceBreakers and use physical brutality against them. Appalled at the violence and the fact that their company’s name is plastered on this show, the Better America executives hanging out with Claremont tell him that their company is withdrawing their endorsement of the show, and they also threaten to sue him. 

The Chiefs defeat the IceBreakers, and as the team celebrates in the locker room, Sean gets a kiss from Jessie. Claremont then storms in and tells Sean he is going to sue him, but his lackey Cooper soon appears and informs him that he can’t, for he had earlier exercised his power of attorney and sold the team to the Hanson Brothers, who bought it with some of the $115 million that they earlier won in Lottery America. Cooper soon knocks Claremont out, and the Hansons tell their team that they’ll be playing “old-time hockey” again before they all continue celebrating. 

LONG VERSION:
After Sean (Stephen Baldwin) initiates another real-life fight between the Super Chiefs and the IceBreakers during a show, Claremont (Gary Busey) tells his lackey Cooper (David Lewis) to have Sean brought to his office. Before meeting with Claremont, Sean reads a newspaper article stating that the Hanson Brothers (Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson & Dave Hanson) have won the $115 million Lottery America jackpot, and Claremont tells Cooper that he wants to re-negotiate all of the Super Chiefs’ contracts so he can gain more control over them. Cooper tries to warn him that the contracts are long-term and the team could take him to court if he tries to re-negotiate them, but Claremont sternly reminds him that he gave him power of attorney over the team and their contracts so he could figure these things out no matter what it takes.

Claremont then speaks with Sean, telling him that he has a lot of serious money and interest tied up in the IceBreakers show, and Better America could withdraw their endorsement of the show – and the millions of dollars that comes with it – if they saw that earlier fight. He then offers Sean a $500,000 bribe to leave the team and go home, but on the way out, he must convince the team to go along with the show completely. Needing the money to pay off his debts, Sean agrees to the deal, and he gives his team a bogus story about having to leave to get his bad shoulder scoped by a surgeon and how Claremont has promised some real games with the IceBreakers in a month if they kept it clean, and he also tells the captain Miller (David Paetkau) that the TV exposure from this could get him noticed by the pro hockey teams. The coach Jessie (Jessica Steen) doesn’t believe anything he is saying, but she doesn’t stop him from leaving.

However, as Sean rides with Cooper to the airport, Cooper tells him that what is happening to the Chiefs isn’t right, as well as how he himself is tired of working for Claremont but lacks the courage to quit. At the airport, Sean reminisces about playing pond hockey as a boy, and he also watches a panel discussion on a sports TV show where the subject is the IceBreakers show and how the panelists consider it a black eye for hockey and how Sean is embarrassing the sport by participating in it. This prompts Sean to change his mind and return to his team.

Sean heads to the arena where another show is taking place, but along with him are the Hansons and some boxes they’re carrying. They enter the team’s locker room after the end of the first period, and Sean tells them all about the deal he made with Claremont, and then tells them that they need to be hockey players and not let Claremont take that away from them. He then opens the boxes to reveal their old Chiefs jerseys and says that they should play for real now. The guys put the jerseys on and return to the ice for the second and final period, and they are joined by the Hansons.

The Chiefs begin to pummel the IceBreakers, and after the Chiefs score the first real goal, the scoreboard is reset to 1-0. Appalled over the violence taking place and the fact that their company’s name is plastered on this show, the Better America executives hanging out with Claremont tell him that he will be hearing from their lawyers tomorrow, having decided to withdraw their endorsement. The score is tied 2-2 going into the closing seconds of the game, and Miller gets the puck, but seems to be acting selfish again by not passing it to an open Sean. Surprisingly, Miller does end up passing it to him, and he scores the game-winning goal. 

As the Chiefs celebrate in the locker room with the press, Sean gets a kiss from Jessie. Claremont then storms in and tells Sean that he is going to sue him, but Cooper soon appears and informs Claremont that he can’t, for he had earlier exercised his aforementioned power of attorney and sold the Chiefs to the Hansons, who bought it with some of their lottery winnings. After Sean tells him to get out, Claremont approaches him looking to hit him, but he instead gets slugged in the face by Cooper and knocked out. The Hansons tell their team that they are going to play “old-time hockey” again before they all continue celebrating.

Thanks Tornado Dragon!