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by George Malik on 03/20/17 at 11:54 AM ET
The Hockey Writers' Tony Wolak spoke with Joshua Riehl, the director of an upcoming film about the Russian Five, regarding his project:
Tony Wolak: You’ve interviewed a number of great hockey minds and NHL Hall of Famers. Were there any stories that came out – perhaps some that were previously unknown to the general public – that made you think, “Wow, that’s incredible…”?
Joshua Riehl: Before we started sitting these guys down and interviewing them, I had done some pretty extensive background research. Having Keith Gave, who was the beat writer for Detroit Free Press during this era of Red Wings hockey, as a producer really helped. I read everything I could get my hands on and wanted to be fully prepared so that I could dig around for those kinds of stories that the average fan might not know about. That said, there were a couple of stories that I had either never heard before or only had partial or unconfirmed details. Some of those stories are going to be pivotal plot points and scenes in the documentary and, I hope, help finally deconstruct some of the misconceptions about the Russian Five.
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