The idea of foreigners playing in the National Hockey League (NHL) isn’t something us fans think about. Generally speaking, we want the best for our team. I don’t care if my favourite team, the New Jersey Devils, drafted a penguin to play goalie; I only want them to win. And also not choke in the finals again. (Sigh) Back in the cold war heyday of the 1980′s, where mutually assured destruction of the United States of America and the Soviet Union straddled the line between ‘probable’ and ‘likely’; the Soviets looked to assert their dominance on the world stage at every chance. International hockey wasn’t any different.
In Gabe Polsky’s compelling documentary, “Red Army” we follow the career of Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Fetisov from a 10-year-old boy at tryouts for the Red Army Hockey Club to today. The film is a brisk 85 mins, peppered with archived footage pulling back the iron curtain a bit, as Fetisov shares with a bittersweetness life under Soviet rule.