Jeff Sorem at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships -

About the project

The pond. This is where hockey was born�under the open sky�where the ice is gritty and so is the play. For generations, rinkrats have grown up on outdoor ice. But, there are new climate-controlled arenas in every town, and that�s where the kids go to practice year-round now. The frozen ponds are losing their inhabitants.

Pond Hockey examines the changing culture of sports through insightful interviews with rink rats and hockey legends like Wayne Gretzky and Neal Broten alike.

More than just a celebration of a beloved game, Pond Hockey searches the open ice for the true meaning of sport.


"Best and Purest Hockey Movie Ever."
- John Buccigross, ESPN

"Required viewing for every kid who plans to lace 'em up."
- Bruce Brothers, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Critic's Choice...A celebration of the rink rat"
- Tom Herberg, The Star Tribune

"Pond Hockey celebrates skating in the elements."
- Richard Sandomir, The New York Times

- Dan Rowinski, The Hockey Journal

"Movie Magic"
- Ted Cheesebrough, Let's Play Hockey

"Pond Hockey richly captures outdoor hockey's ageless and enduring appeal."
- On Frozen Blog

"All ice all the time"
- Chris Seibold, Film Critic

"A must-see for any hockey fan."
- Jim Brunzell, Daily Planet

- George Newton, Film Threat

Festivals & Awards

WINNER "Best of Fest"
- Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival

WINNER "Audience Award"
- Landlocked International Film Festival

- Rhode Island International Film Festival

- Free Range Film Festival