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(1995)

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According to writer Randy Feldman, he wrote the first draft of the screenplay for the movie as a comedy/action movie parody. The only scene that remained in the finished film was the scene where Van Damme fights the penguin mascot.
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The announcer used in the movie is actually the Pittsburgh Penguins' real announcer Mike Lange. He also uses some of his trademark sayings such as "Scratch my back with a hacksaw" and "Call Arnold Slick in Turtle Crick". The color commentator is also the current Penguins radio play by play man, Paul Steigerwald.
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While shooting inside of the Civic Arena, in some sections there were cardboard cut outs of people because production didn't have enough money to pay any more extras.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis were considered for the role of Darren McCord, but all three turned the role down before Jean-Claude Van Damme got the part. Schwarzenegger turned down the role because he had already filmed True Lies (1994) and Junior (1994) back to back. Stallone turned the role down because he didn't like the quality of the script. Willis turned the part down because he was already working on Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).
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The film was shot during the NHL lockout during the 1994 - 1995 hockey season, which was finally resolved later that year.
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The original script called for the Penguins to play the L.A. Kings.
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Several members of the Pittsburgh Penguins make appearances in the movie. The most prominent member was Luc Robitaille, who scored the game tying goal. Markus Näslund - virtually an NHL unknown at the time, but later a league superstar with the Vancouver Canucks - also appears. The Chicago Blackhawks were played by the Cleveland Lumberjacks (Pittsburgh's IHL affiliate at the time). Ian Moran (a Lumberjack at the time; now in the NHL) played Chris Chelios.
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Jaromír Jágr wasn't happy that the hockey player wearing his number (68) was on the ice for three of the opposing teams goals, making him a minus 3.
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The role of Emily McCord was originally offered to Mara Wilson, but her parents forbade her from accepting it, due to the script's violent content.
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Peter Hyams wasn't interested in making the film when he first heard about it, thinking it was a lame idea for an action film. But Jean-Claude Van Damme recruited Hyams after accepting the lead role, and Hyams liked Van Damme's ideas for the film enough to agree to sign on as director.
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A sequel to the film had been written and was planned for a Fall 1997 release. But after the film underperformed at the box office, the project was scrapped.
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James Woods was originally considered for the role of Joshua Foss - later played by Powers Boothe -, but he turned down the part because he didn't like the direction of the character. That same year the film was released, Woods acted alongside Boothe in Nixon (1995).
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It is set and filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Middletown, New York in 98 days on August 29 and December 7, 1994.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn't fight a henchman until 37 minutes into the film.
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At no point in the film is the character name of Powers Boothe mentioned.
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In this film, Powers Boothe holds the US vice President hostage. 12 years later, he played US vice President/President Noah Daniels on the sixth season of the Fox TV series 24.
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The goalie equipment and uniform number 35 used by Tolliver is the actual equipment designs of Tom Barrasso, the Penguins goalie at the time. Barrasso declined a role in the film, but gave permission for the filmmakers to use his equipment during shooting.
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The Penguins and Blackhawks actually met in the Stanley Cup Finals once in real life. In 1992, the Penguins swept the Blackhawks in four straight games to capture their second straight Stanley Cup championship. In the years following the film's release, the Penguins would win the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017. The Penguins also appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008, where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings.
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Jeff Jimerson, known for singing the national anthem before every Penguins home game, has a cameo and is credited as "anthem singer".
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The film, set in a hockey stadium, was written by Gene Quintano based on a story by Karen Elise Baldwin, the wife of Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin, who was the producer.
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Reunites the duo Jean-Claude Van Damme and Peter Hyams after their partnership in Timecop (1994).
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After the film did poorly at the box-office, Whittni Wright didn't do any acting projects for eleven years until Sisters (2006).
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15 years after the film's release Civic Arena was demolished and replaced with Mellon Arena now renamed PPG Paints Arena.
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One of Foss henchman plays Doom on his computer monitor.
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Full name of Jean-Claude Van Damme's character is revealed to be Darren Francis Thomas McCord when Joshua Foss (Powers Boothe) interrogates Emily McCord (Whittni Wright).
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Following the film's release the Pittsburgh Penguins would win three more Stanley Cup championships. The Pens defeated the Detroit Red Wings in 2009, the San Jose Sharks in 2016 and the Nashville Predators in 2017. The Penguins appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008, but lost to the Detroit Red Wings.
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The Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup three times since the film's release. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010, the Boston Bruins in 2013, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015, all in six games each.
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It is the second collaboration between Powers Boothe and Raymond J. Barry after "Rapid Fire".
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Director Trademark 

Peter Hyams: [Spota] a character named Spota.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body Count: 36.
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None of the villains are killed by anyone other than Van Damme's character, Darren McCord.
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