Circle your calendar for February 29. That's the day a new hockey documentary film, "Eat Sleep Hockey" will have its premier showing. The premier will be held at the Andover Cinema, 1836 Bunker Lake Blvd., Andover, MN 55448, starting with a meet and greet with the cast and crew at 5:30 p.m and the national premier of the film at 6:30 p.m.
The film was directed and edited by Damian Kussian and the talented folks at North Metro 15 Television in Blaine. The film follows two hockey families one each from rival schools Blaine and Centennial, over the course of several months of, well, eating and sleeping hockey.
Representing Blaine in the film is the Brodzinski family, who own Hockey Central in Blaine, a Schwan Super Rink sponsor. Dad Mike played at St. Cloud State in the 1980's for the legendary Herb Brooks. Sons Jonny and Mike starred at Blaine High School, with Jonny headed for St. Cloud State next year and Mike verbally committed to the Golden Gophers in two years. Younger brothers Easton is a 9th grader on the Blaine High School JV team and Bryce plays on the BYHA pee wee team.
Facing off on the Centennial side of the rivalry in the film is the Hughes family of Lino Lakes. Dad Terry played at Mankato State, now Minnesota State-Mankato. He is the president of the Skate To Excellence AAA Hockey Program that rents over 500 hours of ice a year at the Super Rink, enters teams in NSC tournaments, and holds their annual golf tournament at the NSC's Victory Links. Kids in the Hughes hockey family are Trey, who currently plays for the El Paso Rhinos of the Junior A Western States Hockey League; Colin, a sophomore on the Centennial team; and Gabby, a talented 12U girls player.
Click here to see the trailer.