Long-awaited ‘Goon’ sequel coming to theatres in Canada

Knuckle up, Canada.

The much-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s rowdy cult classic Goon has been given a Canadian release date, and it’s St. Patrick’s Day.

Directed by Jay Baruchel, who made the announcement via Twitter, Goon: Last of the Enforcers reunites affable tough-guy-on-skates Doug Glatt (Sean William Scott) and retired enforcer Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber, whom NHL fans recall from his dulcet narration of 24/7).

New additions to the cast include T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley‘s primary scene thief), Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!) and Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings), who is married to Ottawa Senators defenceman Dion Phaneuf.

Real-life hockey stars such as Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto should also make cameos in the film — which takes place after a fictional lockout, in an era where enforcers are threatened with extinction.

We spent a day on the set of the sequel, which filmed a chunk of its on-ice action in Barrie, Ont., in the summer of 2015.

“There’s way more blood and way more violence than in the first one,” Scott promised. “I’ve seen some of the playback, and [the hockey] looks so fast and so crisp and beautiful even, and real. I can’t even remember the first movie’s action because this is such a visceral experience. Like, ‘Holy shit!’ This movie’s going to be awesome.”

Baruchel, who also co-wrote and acted in the film, is a rabid fan of the Montreal Canadiens and old-time hockey.

“It’s kind of a fun thing for hockey fans to see some of the stars of the NHL on screen with us,” Baruchel said. ”We make this movie for everyone, but for hockey fans in particular. So it’s cool for them to show up, and we’ll get to see Tyler Seguin call Doug an old f—.”

Should go great with green beer, barf, and sloppy strangers.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.