A documentary feature film


In Minnesota’s unforgiving North Country, the senior boys of rival communities skate for a last chance to etch their names into local lore.

The third film in the hockey trilogy from Northland Films, the producers of Pond Hockey and Forgotten Miracle.

Northern Minnesota is felt in the bones—the deep chill of winter, the toll of a day in the mine, bruises from the hockey rink. This unforgiving country has forged an identity through a tradition of grit. But times they are a changin’ and the modern world comes with new expectations. Facing down an uncertain future, senior boys in rival towns—one emerging dynasty, one with a fabled past—skate for a last chance to etch their names into local lore. In America’s far reaches, a portrait of young men on the brink. This is Hockeyland.

Film Screenings

  • November 13, 2021
    DOC NYC (World Premiere)
    New York, NY
  • November 20, 2021
    St Louis Int'l FF
    St. Louis, MO
  • February 2-3, 2022
    Zeitgeist Zinema 2
    Duluth, MN
  • February 4, 2022
    Hibbing HS Auditorium
    Hibbing, MN
  • February 5, 2022
    Parkway Theater / Great Northern Festival
    Minneapolis, MN
  • February 2022
    Big Sky Documentary FF
    Missoula, MT
  • April 3 & 6, 2022
    Phoenix International FF
    Phoenix, AZ
  • April 17 & 19, 2022
    Seattle International FF (SIFF)
    Seattle, WA
  • April 22, 2022
    RiverRun International Film Festival
    Winston-Salem, NC
  • April 22 & 29, 2022
    Milwaukee International Film Festival
    Milwaukee, WI


“Hermantown gave me every opportunity to succeed. Growing up playing there is a big reason why I am where I am today.”

Neal Pionk
Hockeyland All Star
Film Team

Northland Films is a Midwest-based film team. Their debut nonfiction feature, Pond Hockey, an ode to outdoor ice hockey, was broadcast on the NHL Network and recognized by ESPN as “the best and purest hockey movie ever”. Saving Brinton, their most recent film, world premiered at AFI Docs, played in 35 countries, and was broadcast nationwide on PBS’s America Reframed series. It was hailed as “revelatory” and one of the Top 10 documentaries of 2018 by The Washington Post. Executive Producer Carson Kipfer co-founded SportsEngine, a leading sports technology startup, served as Co-Commissioner of the US Pond Hockey Championships, and sat on the board of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Tommy Haines
Carson Kipfer
Executive Producer


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