Pond Hockey begins the way it ends, with a drifting shot of wintering trees towering over a frozen river. It is an undoubtedly beautiful scene, but the calm the shot instills isn't indicative of the rest of the movie.

You don't get a true feeling of where Pond Hockey is headed until you see a frenetic group of people flying around a frozen river playing the equivalent of pick up hockey. As one of the participants notes: "You never turn down a good game of puck." And that, one might think, would fulfill Pond Hockey's mission of showing the true meaning of sports.

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