For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested and invested in two things in my life, hockey and film. I’ve been passionate about hockey since I was seven years old, and am still involved in the game today. As for film, I grew up loving to take photos and video with various cameras, working on my first cheesy “film projects” by grade six. To this day, I still have film footage from my later years in elementary school.
This interest took off in high school, when I quickly realized that I had only three things that were going to keep my attention in school; Sports, Computers, and Television Arts. To this day, I can say that if it wasn’t for my TV Arts Teacher, Mr. Tuff, I’m not sure what I’d be doing today.
It can be very overwhelming to create something that you’ll share with the world. I’m humbled by the amount of interest it has received thus far.
I hope you enjoy the film.
From a love of the sport, The Hockey Film is a full-feature film documenting the lives of real, everyday people who “eat, sleep, and breathe hockey”. Featuring people like you, the film also showcases a glimpse into the lives of a few professionals, on how they fell in love with the sport.
The vision for this film comes from Christopher Aylward, an independent filmmaker, who happens to be a big hockey fan, and a proud hockey goalie. The film tells the true stories of various individuals, players, families, team reps, league commissioners, to owners of teams and clubs.
This grassroots film, once completed, will be first submitted to Film Festivals. The main target being the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Other various festivals will be sought out and submitted to. The filmmaker also has plans for private viewings before release. We are working on a release party both at home in Ontario, Canada, and abroad in New Zealand.
Do you live in or near Southern Ontario, Canada and want to be involved? Visit our Film Events page.
The Hockey Film begins conducting interviewed segments for the documentary. Those on-camera interviews feature local "everyday people" with a unique hockey story to tell.
The filmmaker begins looking into showcasing local musical talents (solo, bands, etc.) that would be interested in having their track(s) as possible inclusion into The Hockey Film's final cut.
The film begins shooting b-roll footage for the film during the winter months.
Former NHL Goaltender Allan Bester agrees on becoming involved with the film. The former Toronto Maple Leaf and fan favourite happens to be the idol of The Hockey Film's very own filmmaker, Christopher Aylward. The crew will travel down to Florida to film Bester's segment.
The Hockey Film announces inclusion of the War Pigs, a highly-competitive local ball hockey team from Niagara, within the film. The film follows the team through various large-scale ball hockey tournaments, featuring player interviews along the way.
The Hockey Film announces the addition of New Zealand's Backyard Hockey League (BHL) within the film. Also included in the announcement, is the additional inclusion of the West Auckland Admirals of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL).
The Hockey Film announces it will travel to Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, as it will feature the World Pond Hockey Championship. The annual championship is a massive venue, visited and participated by people from all over the globe.
The Hockey Film announces that it will head out to Haliburton, Ontario, as it will feature the Canadian Pond Hockey Championships. The second pond hockey event added to the film, showcases another large venue of hockey players and fans alike.
Due in large part to a warm 2016/17 winter, The Hockey Film delays principal photography (outdoor) to the following winter. It continues secondary & b-roll shooting for the films' spring/summer/fall segments.
The Hockey Film is granted permission to include a segment featuring the Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament. The filmmaker interviews the folks who run the tournament, the Ontario Lung Association, along with the hosts of the event, Ball Hockey International (BHI). A surprise guest is also interviewed for the film.
Chris sits down with Logan and Joe from the Puck Yeah! Podcast, down in New Zealand. The podcast has had a plethora of guests come on, and Chris was thrilled to not only talk about the film, but hockey life in general. The boys will also be featured within the film, during our New Zealand segment!
A early start to winter, accompanied by record-breaking temperatures has put the films outdoor principal shooting schedule back on track. The filmmaker begins shooting outdoor scenes, and starts to plan out outdoor pond hockey games locally, for inclusion in telling the story in the film.
As we connect the dots on the New Zealand Hockey Segment for the film, we take you on a journey with the New Zealand Under-20 National Team, as they prepare and compete for the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Division III, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. We feature head coach Justin Daigle, as the team looks to overcome challenges, as these up-and-coming kiwis drive themselves to play the game they love.
The film crew set up to shoot "run & gun" style, as time constraints on the filmmakers end mean a one-day marathon. 4-hour drive, 6-hour shoot in wonderfully beautiful and harsh conditions, and 4-hour drive back. The film will return to Haliburton to continue the filming of this segment.
The Hockey Film announces that the film will exit Principal Photography on February, 12th, 2019. On-going post-production will be completed by February 20th, 2019. The first submission upon completion, is to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Other festivals and release plans yet to be released.
February 20, 2018 - The Hockey Film announces that the film will reach the pre-release phase in February, 2019. The current timeline for the next 365 days is outlined as…
The film continues production, as we look to begin shooting the segment on the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships. The annual tournament, which hosts on two consecutive weekends to accommodate…
The New Zealand Under-20 National Team as they head for camp in Latvia. The Hockey Film is happy to announce another side-story to the New Zealand segment of the…
A blast of record-breaking cold Arctic air has blanketed Canada, and with it a return of a more scenic look and feel for the film. Hindered by two warm winters…
Back near the start of the hockey season, Chris was invited to sit down with Logan and Joe from the Puck Yeah! Podcast in New Zealand. Puck Yeah started as a…
The Hockey Film is excited to share the story of Ed. His unique and uplifting story will touch the hearts of the viewer, whether you're a hockey fan or not.…
The Hockey Film is happy to announce that longtime fan favourite, and former Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender, Allan Bester, has agreed to be involved with the film! Nicknamed "The Beast", Bester…
The Hockey Film is happy to announce a two-parter from the "land of the long white cloud" (or, if you're from Australia, "the land across the ditch"), New Zealand! We're…