NHL NETWORK U.S. UNVEILS SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Five Hockey Documentaries Showcased From June 28 – July 2
NEW YORK (June 18, 2010) – NHL Network™ U.S. today unveiled the line-up for its hockey-themed summer film festival. Beginning on Monday, June 28, fans will have the opportunity to re-live some of hockey’s most exciting and memorable moments on the big screen.
On Monday, June 28, at 8:00 p.m. ET, Kings Ransom, a film that documents one of the most shocking trades in sports history, will be aired. This hour-long feature, the first of the critically-acclaimed ESPN “30 for 30” series, was screened at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and recounts the deal that sent the NHL’s brightest star, Wayne Gretzky, from Edmonton to Los Angeles in 1989. The documentary includes interviews with Gretzky’s wife, Janet Jones; his father, Walter Gretzky; the club owners who made the deal and Edmonton journalists who covered the trade.
The documentary film, The Battle of Comm Ave., which tells the story of the Boston College-Boston University rivalry, will be broadcast on Tuesday, June 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The film, narrated by Hall of Fame announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick, examines the 91-year tussle between two of college hockey’s perennial powers. It looks at the development of the rivalry from its early days and brings viewers front and center to championship glory as each school has won an NCAA title in the past two years. From the history to the coaches and the recruiting battles, from defining moments to pre-game jitters, hear the stories of what has become America’s premiere college hockey rivalry.
On Wednesday, June 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network U.S. will feature the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Official Championship Film, also narrated by Doc Emrick. The film features championship tournament highlights, behind the scenes access and never before seen footage. Fans will learn the stories of four exemplary student-athletes — Miami’s Tommy Wingels, RIT’s Cameron Burt, Wisconsin’s Ben Street and Boston College’s Matt Lombardi — and how their personal journeys took each to the cusp of a national championship.
Pond Hockey is the feature film that will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 1. This movie documents the outdoor hockey experience and the role of sports in our modern society. For generations, rink rats have grown up on outdoor ice. But now, there are climate-controlled arenas in just about every town where the kids go to practice year-round. Through interviews with hockey legends like Neal Broten and Wayne Gretzky and the on-ice action of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, Pond Hockey examines this changing culture in search of the true meaning of sport.
Told by the men who pioneered the game, Hockey’s Greatest Era reflects on the storied period from 1942-1967. During this “Original Six” era, the National Hockey League consisted only of six teams in Canada and the U.S., with a multitude of players trying to make a precious few NHL team rosters. Hockey’s Greatest Era will be featured on Friday, July 2, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Throughout the summer, NHL Network U.S. also will be presenting Raising the Cup: 35 Years of Stanley Cup Clinchers 1975-2010.
NHL Network Film Festival (all begin at 8:00 p.m. ET)
Monday, June 28 Kings Ransom
Tuesday, June 29 The Battle of Comm Ave.
Wednesday, June 30 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Official Championship Film
Thursday, July 1 Pond Hockey
Friday, July 2 Hockey’s Greatest Era
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