Monday, April 11, 2011

Library Video of the Week, April 11, 2011.

Pond Hockey, a Northland films Production, Directed by Tommy Haines.  Library Call Number: GV847.5.P66 2008.
          Although this documentary covers the Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis Minnesota, it’s more about the changing face of American sports. Before Playstations and X-boxes, there were fathers who, every year, would build a wooden containment fence and flood their back yards in the winter. There were sons and daughters who couldn’t wait to hit the ice and skate with one, three, five friends, playing pick-up games of hockey from after school till dinner—and sometimes after dinner, too. There still are. Whether it’s on a farm pond, a city park rink or a frozen river, there are kids who can’t wait to get on the ice.
          Pond Hockey looks at the big business of professional hockey, the trend toward buying time in an indoor rink and the heroes of the sport, but it also looks at freezing your tail off, practicing a slap shot, skating over ragged ice, frostbitten cheeks and playing stick the way it was meant to be played—outdoors.
          This is a must-see celebration of outdoor hockey.

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