NBC Sports has acquired “The Russian Five,” a documentary about the first five Russians to play together in the NHL.
The film tells the story of how Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstatinov, Slava Kozlov, and Igor Larionov defected from the Soviet Union and then helped transform the Detroit Red Wings from perennial losers to back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
Toward the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, Red Wings management hatched an audacious plan to draft the best Soviet players from behind the Iron Curtain and help them defect to Detroit.
Under the leadership of legendary coach Scotty Bowman, the Russian-led Red Wings would win the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998.
“The Russian Five” will premiere November 6 on NBCSN, following the Wednesday Night Hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.
Read the story at Deadline.
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