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A WISE AND MOVING STORY BETWEEN HORROR AND HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA IN WHICH ONE OF CANADA’S FINEST NATIVE AUTHORS STICKHANDLES LIKE AN ALL-STAR CENTRE

Saul Indian Horse was torn from his family as a young boy and sent to one of Canada’s notorious residential schools. There, amidst the horror of abuse, psychological torture and despair, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian past-times — hockey. Starting with skates stuffed with paper and horse pucks, Saul teaches himself the game and then develops a special ability to see the rink in a way no other player does. His talent is his ticket out of misery and leads him to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But, the past will always haunt him. As he draws on his great-grandfather’s mystical vision, a story of love, family and the power of spirit unfolds. Saul comes to recognize the influence of everyday magic on his own life.

Based on the novel by Richard Wagamese.

Writer: Dennis Foon (Life, Above All, Double Happiness)
Producer(s): Christine Haebler, Trish Dolman
Development Funding: Telefilm Canada, HGF, Cogeco

 

“…Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art.”
– DONNA BAILEY NURSE, NATIONAL POST

“Wagamese pulls off a fine balancing act: exposing the horrors of the country’s residential schools while also celebrating Canada’s national game.”
– JAMES GRAINGER, GLOBE & MAIL

“Shocking and alien, valuable and true. “
– JANE SMILEY GLOBE & MAIL

“Wagemese’s writing qualifies as an act of courage.”
– DONNA BAILEY NURSE, NATIONAL POST

“…raw and authentic.”
– VANCOUVER WEEKLY