Lottery On Ice

Lottery On Ice

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Lottery On Ice is a surprisingly intimate exploration of a 14-year-old boy and his parents risking everything, even the family itself, for the dream of playing in the NHL. It's a window onto a world of drama, super-sized expectations, and frequent controversy-like the one surrounding Thomas' parents. Tom and Carol Frazee have redefined parental sacrifice by legally separating, so that Thomas can live with his father within the catchment area of North Vancouver's North Shore Winter Club. In his final Bantam year in this elite hockey program, Thomas hopes to be drafted by a Major Junior team on the traditional route to the NHL. But will he play well enough to be noticed? Will he launch a hockey reputation that could ultimately be worth millions?

Sportscaster Tony Gallagher is critical of the hockey business, a machine that keeps the dream alive at the expense of many young lives. Dr. Alexis N. Peters, from the University of Calgary's Medical Bioethics, looks at how elite sports give children strong messages about conditional love. In meeting with the Frazees, Don Cherry reiterates his well-known position on the other side of the argument, seeing nothing wrong with Canada's great game.

As the Bantam draft approaches and pressure mounts, Lottery On Ice looks at important underlying questions. With the stakes so high and the children so young, many wonder, "Whose dream is it, anyway?"

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