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Pond Hockey

4.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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This Pond Hockey DVD examines the changing culture of sports through insightful interviews with hockey stars, experts, journalists and local rink rats alike. The feature-length documentary chronicles the shared story of rink rats and their heroes including Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Kane, Krissy Wendell, Lou Nanne, Neal Broten and many others.

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The best and purest hockey movie ever. --John Buccigross, ESPN

Anyone who has ever laced up a pair of skates to glide over a frozen lake or a flooded backyard rink, with a pair of boots marking the goal, will appreciate Tommy Haines' documentary -- a celebration of the outdoor game and the rink rats who play it. --StarTribune

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  • Actors: Wayne Gretzky, Neal Broten, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, PJ Axelsson
  • Directors: Tommy Haines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Northland Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MK8X2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Paul T. Kendziora on January 1, 2010
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Growing up in Buffalo, New York it wasn't hard to find something frozen to skate on between December and March. The movie makes me proud of the fact that I am of a generation that learned so much from the outdoor game. You learned to skate on the slightly rougher surfaces of a pond or backyard rink. You stayed outside hours upon hours, working on stickhandling or your wrist shot....when you got your skates sharpened and first went out, those first few strides were euphoric! You would watch the Sabres or Hockey Night in Canada the night before and the following morning YOU WERE Gilbert Perreault or Bernie Parent. The movie takes you into the cold....into the friendships, into the endless energy you find. It was cold outside but you never got cold. This movie, quite frankly, is incredibly warming. "PondHockey" is innocent and beautiful in it's own way. The father's who put much time into flooding their yards and maintaining a rink for the neighborhood is practically unheard of today. (I must say, outdoor sports/activities seem to be taking a backseat to the whole XBOX generation...a pity!) Yet, that's what united us....a stick, some skates, a puck, the ice, the snow flurries, the smell of fresh cold air, your Sabre hat and jersey...the sad feeling of darkness around five P.M. Boy, this film took me back to my boyhood years. Folks in Cali or the Carolinas won't get it; those in these hockey hotbeds will be speechless. Thanks for such a great glimpse into a special ritual.
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I first saw the film "Pond Hockey" in Iowa City, Iowa this summer at the Landlocked Film Festival and loved it! Having lived in upstate New York, which is also "hockey country", I was fascinated to watch the story unfold. This film was not just about following the National Pond Hockey championships, it was addressing the concern about the disappearance of the culture of pond hockey. The minute I viewed this film, I knew that it was a great film to buy for my brother-in-law who constructs his own pond to play hockey on each winter. When he unwrapped his Christmas gift, he was delighted and my sister reported that he watched the whole movie immediately and shared it with other pond hockey lovers in the family. In 28 years, this was the first time ever that I "iced it" when selecting a gift for my brother-in-law. Our family highly recommends this film to everyone who loves hockey and those who want to "catch their passion"!
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Its hard to do a sports movie right, but these guys nailed it.This is one of those great rare finds. It's a must have for hockey fans, but also anyone who likes a great movie.

Pond Hockey captures the essence of what really matters most when playing a sport with friends. Movies like these get me excited to have my own children someday, and share this movie with them.
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I have been a hockey parent, coach, collector and fan for over fifty years, and this wonderful DVD is a must-own for all you hockey pucks out there. It ranks right up there with the two DVDs "The Forgotten Miracle" and "Golden: The Hobey Baker Story", plus the two books "Home Ice" and "Open Ice" by Jack Falla. I know Billy Cleary and I knew the late Jack Falla, and "Pond Hockey" shows the love that they and the other interviewees have for the outdoor game.This film will convince you, if you need convincing, that every single day on a pond or an outdoor home rink is more valuable to your young player than a dozen structured games and practices.

Forgotten MiracleGolden: The Hobey Baker StoryHome Ice: Reflections on Backyard Rinks and Frozen PondsOpen Ice: Reflections and Confessions of a Hockey Lifer
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I'm about 43 now. I grew up in the farmland of Illinois with a pond across the street and a river running behind our house. Unfortunately, I did not get into hockey (leagues, pick-up)until I moved to Texas about 14 years ago. This movie makes me see the opportunity that I missed. Wow... I had frozen fun waiting for me all winter and just took it for granted. Some day I will make up for it. I will return to my hometown (900 miles away) in the winter months with skates, stick and puck and I'll skate on that pond and the river. You guys who were able to enjoy pond hockey as kids are truly blessed. It's very sad that kids only go to the indoor rinks now days. There is a quote in this movie that says it all, "I wish I could be 8 years old again, just for a few days."
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Growing up and playing with/watching some of the guys in the movie made it even more special for me. This documentary successfully articulates the "art" of Pond Hockey, the purest form of hockey known to man. This is a special film that will hit home with any hockey purist or rink rat.
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Pond Hockey was very good, a die hard hockey fan will enjoy this more than the average fan, even more so if you play hockey and have had the chance to skate outdoors..
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tremendous...take it from me...I'm from Minnesota...

.this is real hockey...unfettered---just lake ice, skates, stick, puck and goal box.....no beer commercials, no blaring arena sound and no big salaries...

Just the joy of playing on outdoor ice..
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