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Winter Comes Early (1971)

Face-Off (original title)
Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their ... See full summary »

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Bruce Armstrong ...
Billy at age 3
Eric Cryderman ...
Father
Don Allen ...
Billy at age 11
Kay Hawtrey ...
Mother
Kathryn Carlling ...
Estelle Age 3
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Billy Duke
Steve Pernie ...
Joe MacMillian
Derek Sanderson ...
Himself
Trudy Young ...
Sherry Nelson
Frank Moore ...
Barney
George Ealsom ...
Max
Robin White ...
Bud
Perry Thompson ...
Garry
Austin Willis ...
Graydon Hunter
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Fred Wares
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Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their differences in careers and lifestyles. They realize too late that they both love each other. Written by Anita Culley

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See Derek Sanderson, Ed Giacomin, Jacques Plante in action. And over 30 other NHL stars in the Big Time film about Big Time Hockey. Thrill to the Maple Leafs, the Rangers, the Black Hawks, the Bruins...to the bruises, battles, the hero-making, the women...as the world of professional hockey comes to life on the screen. Here's the story of players who try to buck The System...and of a hockey player and a rock singer in love. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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12 November 1971 (Canada)  »

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Winter Comes Early  »

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Leafs winger Jim McKenny was the stand-in for Art Hindle in the long shots of game action. See more »

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For Old-Time NHL Fans only!
21 May 2006 | by (Brewster, ny ,usa) – See all my reviews

This is a film for the 50 and over NHL fan. Although the central plot involves A love affair between a young Hockey star and a hippie rock singer, the real stars are the dozens of clips of Toronto Maple Leaf games at the old Maple Leaf Gardens and at various other arenas such as the old LA Forum and the Spectrum in Phila. This was filmed before the influx of European stars into the NHL , in the days when every Kid in Canada dreamed of playing in the NHL. You see clips of past greats like Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Jaques Plante, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and many others. It's a era long gone that only us "old time hockey fans" can appreciate.


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