I'll give him credit for singing along to the Wizard of Oz and being man enough to admit it, but Mike Peca has also had many concussions in his career, has he not? I laughed for about 5 minutes after reading an NHL.com article on Peca's favourite movies:
His all-time favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz. "I can watch it over and over," Peca says with a grin. "Hey, I sing all the songs, too."
While you might say the Oilers are following the yellow brick road in their dreams of
winning their first Stanley Cup since 1990, Peca discerns an even closer parallel to his hockey role in another movie. It's one of Sylvester Stallone's less memorable films -- Over the Top.
"I identify with the character he plays in that movie the most because he's a small guy who arm-wrestles this giant guy who has never been beaten and wins," Peca told me.
Michael's eyes are wide as he discusses the movie and Stallone's role as a trucker who
travels the country for these competitions and winds up in Las Vegas for the
biggest tournament of his career, which will not only win him a new big rig, but
also help him regain custody of his son.
"He wears this dirty hat all the time, and he always turns it around when he's in a competition," Peca said of Stallone's character. "He says it's like turning a switch on in him."