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Canadian National Pond Hockey goes to the movies

Published March 12 2019

Haliburton’s own Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships could be headed to the Toronto International Film Festival as part of a documentary by Christopher Aylward called The Hockey Film.

The documentary in development for more than four years is a full-feature film on the lives of real everyday people who “eat sleep and breathe hockey.”

The vision for this film comes from Christopher Aylward an independent filmmaker who happens to be a big hockey fan. The film tells the true stories of various individuals players families team reps league commissioners and owners of various hockey events. From home here in Canada to around the world in New Zealand the film covers various hockey stories from people around the globe.

Aylward is hopeful the film is accepted into TIFF upon its completion and subsequent submission to the premiere festival. Their film crew visited the Canadian National Pond Hockey event in both 2018 and 2019 to capture event footage and interviews of this unique and highly anticipated annual hockey event.

Owner of the Pond Hockey event and general manager of Pinestone Resort John Teljeur said about the film project: “We’re so excited about being part of this project and to tell the story of what we do here in Haliburton. The footage we’ve seen looks spectacular.”

A teaser of the documentary is now available at www.thehockeyfilm.com.