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Q: wHAT WAS THE TIME FRAME OF THE PROJECT?

The documentary project started in earnest around the mid of September 2019.

It was finally completed and delivered to Sportsnet on the morning of January 23rd after the last month from December 1st through the Christmas holidays every day until January 23rd.

The feeling was that if we could not get this on air during the NHL All Star break with all the global hockey media on site that the timely importance of this story might lose its impact.

I did not want that to happen.

Along with the support of Connor’s agent, Jeff Jackson and the opportunity given to me in putting together a very driven and trusted production team led by my favorite co-producer in the last 20 years, Pollyanna Hardwicke-Brown, who was instrumental in the success of “Making Coco, the Grant Fuhr Story” in addition with several other extremely talented production freelance personnel from our city not to mention a few weathered and grizzly national broadcast consultants, such as John Shannon, I knew we had a very good chance of creating something special.

Q: Did the Subject of the film make you a better film maker?

Because I was there in the in the very beginning and only a few days after the injury, when Connor was quite distraught as to how the next few days, weeks and months were going to unfold and what options he was going to have to face and make somewhat immediate decisions on, that would have a major impact on his future as, not just an elite hockey player, but as a regular personn. I was entrenched in the emotion of the moment and it left a intense mark on my heart and soul. As a father myself, I looked at him back then as a son who was in need of a lot of trust, comfort and support in facing the next few weeks and months.

When the decision was made 5 plus months later to produce a documentary on this complicated journey, Connor had embarked on, I never forgot the emotion of the moment.

 

Q: How could this change hockey?



This will most definitely now reveal to athletes in all sports, a look at the new, innovative and revolutionary combinations of the training and rehabilitation medical, scientific methods now being developed with very well researched, and data backed disciplines of exact and precise executions that the varying expert doctors, scientists and elite fitness trainers are now staring to implement at all levels.

Not just to come back from severe injuries such as Connor’s but to integrate in to their off season training

As someone who knows Connor well, were there three or four things that surprised you?

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His unwavering commitment and work ethic required to get back not just to the playing level he was at but to surpass that in a very large way.

Connor not only wants to bring a championship back to a city that has experienced great success and with making all his teammates around him to join his leadership by example do it in a way that will leave lasting memories in the minds of fans for years to come.


His unwavering commitment and work ethic required to get back not just to the playing level he was at but to surpass that in a very large way.

Connor not only wants to bring a championship back to a city that has experienced great success and with making all his teammates around him to join his leadership by example do it in a way that will leave lasting memories in the minds of fans for years to come.

 

Did Connor ever ask the movie not to make him a hero and how did you treat that?

E very single day, he wanted the film to tell his fellow colleagues that it is in their best interest and with the support and collaboration of their represented club to get second third and fourth opinions on how best to deal with serious and for that matter any injury.

He wanted this story to tell about the new and innovative training and rehab techniques he went through, that not necessarily are on the radar of the off season training regiments of athletes.

He wanted to show the need to search out the very best mental and physical methods to prepare to be in the best shape for the fans that what to watch something special.

This was never about him in his mind but how he can help to develop new and innovative ways of competitive preparation in the arena of their sport.



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