(FOX 2) - It's a day hockey fans will never forgot -- 22 years ago today the Detroit Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup.
They couldn't have done it without the Russian Five, a legacy brought back to life in a new documentary. FOX 2's Ryan Ermanni had the chance to sit down with the movie's producer Jenny Feterovic and a Red Wings champion who was part of the big win.
June 7, 1997. Where were you? We know where Darren McCarty was.
"When they shove the microphone in your face and say, 'What's it feel like, you win?' (I'm) 25 years old. You don't know. Twenty-two years later ... wow," he said.
And it was that Stanley Cup that was the culmination of what the Russian Five helped bring to the city of Detroit.. And the documentary "The Russian Five" a box office hit, is now available with video on demand.
"We have worked very hard to make it a success and with the support of the fans, the city, Darren, lots of people in the Red Wings organization, I mean we're sitting here today looking at almost half a million dollars at the box office. It's amazing for a documentary," said producer Jenny Feterovich.
"It's for everybody. The bottom line is -- hockey's the subject. Life is the story," McCarty said.
This documentary has received an unheard of score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Russian Five will be available to rent or to purchase on the following platforms on June 7th: iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft, and Sony PlayStation. To pre-order The Russian Five, go to iTunes or this link.
In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a laughing stock, often called the "Dead Wings". After a wealthy pizza magnate bought the failing franchise, he appointed an unorthodox General Manager to build a championship team. Throwing off conventional wisdom, the new GM looked to America's mortal enemy in the Cold War, the Soviet Union itself. Through a plot that sounds like a spy novel, the Red Wings organization brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City, only to find that the new players faced another problem: Integration.
The film follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and struggled to fit in, all while training day and night to become Stanley Cup champions. The new immigrants had to learn to communicate with their teammates, assimilate into the culture, and become Americans. Yet, along the way, the Russians began to teach the rest of the team the core of Soviet hockey, and better still, they started winning.
In honor of the VOD release and the anniversary of the Detroit Red Wings winning the 1997 Stanley Cup, three fans in Michigan and Ohio will have the chance to enter to win exclusive prizes!
The Grand Prize winner and two guests will attend a private party, including dinner and a special screening of THE RUSSIAN FIVE, hosted by Darren McCarty, film director Josh Riehl, and producer Jenny Feterovich, as well as the Grind Time Podcast team and Detroit Cast crew. The party will be held at Radio For One Studios. After dinner and screening, the winner will appear live on the Grind Time Podcast to talk with Darren about the film and Red Wings history.
Second place winner will receive a signed official The Russian Five movie poster.
For more information about the film The Russian Five, to enter the sweepstakes, and to see a complete list of the Terms and Conditions, go to www.therussianfive.com.