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Hockey Night in Canada -- At the Movies!

02/27/2009 at 3:42pm EST

imageWith thanks to the Vancouver International Film Festival, 3 winners will each receive a pair of movie tickets.

Enter by leaving a comment below or by sending me your entry via Twitter telling me your favorite hockey movie. I’ll draw three names out of a hat on Tuesday, March 3rd. Don’t forget to provide your email address.

The event is the Vancity Theatre’s“Hockey Nights in Film” playing in Vancouver from March 9th - March 20th.

To cultivate the Olympic spirit a year in advance of Vancouver 2010, the Vancity Theatre presents a fortnight devoted to the games’ signature sport. Focused on our proud tradition of sports filmmaking—Canada takes the lead in not only hockey, but hockey films—this series runs the gamut from beloved national classics, Hollywood joyrides, and cinéma vérité documentaries. A game of men with sticks on skates, hockey is often used as a vehicle to explore masculinity, whether in portraying those who are attracted by the violent aspects of the sport (in the fisticuffs of a Slap Shot or the true-life exploits of Brian “Spinner” Spencer) or drawing laughs from the quite natural confusion that results when hockey clashes with subjects less than macho (such as in Perfectly Normal or last year’s hit Breakfast with Scot ). If you can’t get Canucks tickets, we’ll see you at the movies!

Below is the schedule for all the films, followed by details on each one. And there’s a couple there I’ve never seen—or even heard of—before.

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