GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An award-winning documentary that chronicles a quintet of legendary Red Wings hockey players will hit the big screen in Grand Rapids.
Hockey fans from around West Michigan are invited to the screening of “The Russian Five” at Celebration! Cinema North on March 25 at 7 p.m.
The documentary tells the story of how the Detroit Red Wings broke a decades-long Stanley Cup drought by scouting players from The Soviet Union. It was a move that changed the way hockey is played in North America for generations.
The documentary features the stories of superstars like Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, and Vyacheslav Kozlov, and defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov, and how they played a pivotal role in returning the Red Wings to greatness in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Former Detroit Red Wing Mike Knuble was just breaking into the NHL when the Wings brought the Russian Five to Hockeytown. He said it was a different game when they arrived.
“It’s all memorable because of the time, me being a Michigan kid and playing at Michigan and waiting for my time as these guys came. They took the NHL by storm. It certainly was a unique time in the state of Michigan, brought a lot of pride to the city of Detroit and the state. It was a fun time to be a hockey fan,” Knuble said.
The film’s $15 ticket price includes popcorn and Pepsi products, and $11 from every ticket sold will benefit the Griffins Youth Foundation.
Tickets are on sale now, but seating is limited. To view the trailer and order tickets, visit griffinshockey.com/russianfive.
More information about the film is available at therussianfive.com.