The Russian Five

4/26/2019 through 5/2/2019 | SIFF Film Center

Film & Media Arts Queen Anne/Seattle Center

In 1982 the Detroit Red Wings glory days of Gordie Howe and four Stanley Cup championships over six years were ancient history. However, newly hired general manager Jim Devellano came up with an audacious plan to infuse new talent into the club, turning his attention toward the hallowed Russian Red Army team, one of the most dominant collections of hockey talent ever assembled. Through a number of covert encounters that would not be out of place in an espionage film, Devellano and his talent scouts enticed Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Viacheslav Fetisov to defect to America and join the Red Wings organization. The team later added two other Russian superstars with Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov, both crucial pieces to the team’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

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