Russian Five, The (2019): Docu of First Russians to Play Hockey Together in the NHL

The documentary The Russian Five tells the story of the first five Russians to play hockey together in the National Hockey League (NHL).  It describes how they helped transform the Detroit Red Wings from perennial losers to back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.

Toward the end of the Cold War the Red Wings hatched an audacious plan to draft the best Soviet players from behind the Iron Curtain and help them defect to Detroit. They sneaked them out under cover of night, whisking them to the Motor City where they won the fans’ hearts and changed the way hockey is played in North America.