Keanu Reeves portrays a goalie named Heaver in the 1986 film Youngblood. He was actually an exceptional hockey player in High School and was voted MVP by his fellow teammates and nicknamed "The Wall" for his goal keeping skills.

A photo of a young Keanu Reeves on his High School Hockey team:

Keanu Reeves

Youngblood is the second film that Reeves starred in as he was still a struggling actor when he was cast in the film.

After watching his acting in the film, it is apparent that this is only his second film due to his inexperience showing on camera.
Is there any evidence that Keanu Reeves was cast in Youngblood just because of his hockey skills?

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    Certainly the ability to skate & play hockey would have been a factor...right? – Paulie_D Feb 17 '17 at 11:42
  • @Paulie_D Er...I don't know. That's what I'm asking. I certainly would never want to portray being a nurse just because I know how to do it IRL. – steelersquirrel Feb 17 '17 at 13:18
  • I'm not trying to be difficult but I'm a little unclear on what you are asking. It seems to be "Was Keanu cast only due to his hockey ability" (without regard to acting). Is that it? Frankly, I'm not sure this is answerable...the more an actor fills out the casting requirements profile the more chance s/he has. Did he have a big part....it's been a long time since I saw this classic! – Paulie_D Feb 17 '17 at 14:51
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    @Paulie_D Well, sometimes a new actor is cast specifically because of some other special talent that they possess rather than just acting. This was only his 2nd film role and he really was not great at acting at this point in his career. So, the question is did he get this role specifically for his acting abilities or was the fact that he was a star hockey player in High School play any part in him getting the role. – steelersquirrel Feb 25 '17 at 7:30

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