Summerland scenes were shot last week for a 3-D short film about the Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup Odyssey is being made for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Most of the scenes were filmed at the the historic Memorial Arena in Penticton.
The Summerland scenes included a house on Washington Avenue and an area near College Road.
Stanley Cup Odyssey tells the story of a group of young men who play their regular pick-up game at the local arena with skill and grace, while they share their own personal favourite Stanley Cup moments. As the players reminisce and attempt to emulate their hockey heroes, the on-ice action will transition to Stanley Cup goals scored by the game’s most iconic players: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.
A mix of original live action, computer generated animation and classic archival footage of some of the most renowned moments in Stanley Cup history will be showcased in the film. Stanley Cup winner and B.C. native, Ryan Walter, is assisting with the on-ice co-ordination.
Darren Mann, who is a cast member in the film, played hockey with the Summerland Sting when he was 15 and a few games with the Penticton Vees.
He graduated from Pen High and went on to play single A pro in Chicago before a shoulder injury took his hockey dream away from him. Mann then turned back to his second love, acting, and landed a part in Stanley Cup Odyssey.
“It’s awesome,” he said of being cast. “When you grow up playing hockey you want to get in the Hall of Fame and win the Stanley Cup. I never could playing hockey, but now I get to act like I do and it’s going to be shown at the Hall of Fame. It’s pretty cool.”
He joined a list of hockey players from all over western Canada that come from the junior A, AHL and WHL ranks. Penticton Vees captain Troy Stecher is getting his first break as an actor. He was casted to the film as a late addition. Stecher decided to spend his summer in Penticton to train for the upcoming season and was in the right place at the right time to earn his spot in the Hall of Fame. The Vees captain said in the film his team wins and he assists on the winning goal.