Watch The Russian Five 2018 Full Movie Online Free Streaming<> : It’s a documentary about a hockey team, sure, but The Russian Five strives to be more than that, and succeeds. Director Joshua Riehl uses the introduction of young Russian talent into the NHL in the early 1990s as the pivot point not just for the Detroit Red Wings franchise, but for North American hockey as a whole, which his movie argues was never the same after this. And while the aftershocks of this development might not be felt outside of the hockey world, the story presented here has a lot to say about community, relationships, teamwork, and the collateral consequences of geopolitics. Riehl opens with some background on the Detroit Red Wings: a working-class hockey team from a working-class town that seemed to have its best years behind it in the early 1980s. A veritable powerhouse in the 1950s, the Wings were nearly thirty years removed from their glory days when a new GM (Jim Devallano) and ownership came in to sort out the franchise. And while this new leadership fostered some moderate improvements during that decade, management knew that something more, something drastic, was needed.
In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.
Devallano, as well as every other hockey GM at the time, appreciated that the biggest resource for untapped hockey talent resided in Soviet Russia, yet no one seemed to know how to get the players out from behind the iron curtain. The Russian Five unfolds from here, explaining how Devallano and other members of the Red Wings brass wheeled-and-dealed to entice the best and brightest of Russia’s hockey system to defect and play for Detroit during the tail-end of the Cold War. It’s an interesting saga, one that involves literal bags of cash, limousine spy-craft, calls to the State Department, and very serious concerns about Soviet retribution on the players’ families.