I think so. It has been a very long time since I saw it. I think in Canada the movie was called Face Off or something hockey related. Re you confusing Michael Moriarity with John Vernon?
Pretty sure it was Moriarity. He kills his best friend spearing him and gets kicked out of hockey. At one point, they give him an award where he wears a ball and chain on the ice during the ceremony. Kind of vague, but I think that's it.