Pond Hockey


Read about this film in Cyn Collins’s Daily Planet review, “21 films in 11 days.”


Director: Tommy Haines

Pond Hockey examines the changing culture of sports through insightful interviews with hockey stars, experts, journalists and local rink rats who are all searching the open ice for the true meaning of sport.

FROM THE DIRECTOR: The pond. This is where hockey was born—under the open sky—where the ice is gritty and so is the play.

For generations, Minnesotans have grown up on outdoor ice. But, there are new climate-controlled arenas in every town, and that’s where the kids go to practice year-round now. In Pond Hockey, director Tommy Haines and his Minnesota crew chronicle the changing culture of hockey, interwoven with the story of the first ever U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, a tournament created to recapture the purity and youthful spirit native to the pond.

Through interviews with local rink rats, sports journalists and hockey stars like Wayne Gretzky, Neal Broten, Marion Gaborik, Mark Parrish and Phil Housley, Pond Hockey searches the open ice for the true meaning of sport.

Director Tommy Haines grew up on Minnesota’s Iron Range where he discovered his passion for hockey. As a founding partner of Northland Films, he has been creating movies since 2001. Prior to Pond Hockey, he co-wrote Generation Mason, winner of Best American Film at the Harlem International Film Festival.

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