Apparently the camera is a big fan of Force forward Jonny Brodzinski (St. Cloud State) when you look at the last year.
You’ve seen his face advertising Force apparel with fellow cover boy Bryn Chyzyk (North Dakota). His face has even popped up throughout area television on a commercial proclaiming its “Hockey Night in Fargo.”
Now his face is in a documentary. Brodzinski and his family were part of a film called, “Eat Sleep Hockey” chronicling the rivalry between Blaine and Centennial, one of the biggest in Minnesota.
“Its our family and Trey Hughes’ family and Trey and I have been really good friends for a long time,” Brodzinski said. “We’ve always played with each other and against each other. We played Triple A hockey together. Then the Blaine-Centennial rivalry is so big it doesn’t matter who you are.”
The film, which debuted about a month ago, looks at last season when Brodzinski was a senior at Blaine and Hughes was at Centennial. It also takes a look at both families and how much hockey has impacted their lives.
Take Brodzinski’s family. His father, Mike, played at St. Cloud State setting multiple program scoring records along with playing for Herb Brooks. He went on to play for the Peoria Rivermen in the St. Louis Blues’ system.
Then there’s Grandma Brodzinski who shows up to nearly every Force game and every Blaine game wearing her Blaine sweatshirt with her grandsons’ numbers on it.
Lastly, there are Brodzinski’s siblings. Mikey Brodzinski (Minnesota) led Blaine in scoring this past season as a defenseman and is currently weighing his options to play next season at Blaine or play with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Brodzinski also has two younger brothers who compete against Hughes’ siblings meaning the two families’ involvement with the rivalry will continue.
“It’s a big rivalry,” Brodinzski said. “And its why I think (director Damian Kussian) was interested in our family.”
Brodzinski said the week of the Blaine-Centennial game cameras were around the family and at the rink capturing what every minute is like in the days leading up to the game.
The film took place in what was Brodzinski’s senior year when he led the Bengals to the Minnesota state hockey tournament along with being named a Mr. Hockey finalist.
And that, of course, turned into what was certainly a movie-like scenario. Brodzinski signed a free-agent contract with the Force meaning he had to play 10 games with the Force to be protected for the USHL Entry Draft and not risk playing somewhere else.
Brodzinski, minutes after his high school career ended, drove with his family through blizzard-like conditions to Fargo to play in the first of 10 games with the club.
Life’s slowed down a little bit as Brodzinski isn’t driving through blizzards to play hockey.
Though he has played numerous roles for the Force, which enter this weekend playoff-bound but look to finish in third place. Brodzinski has scored 21 points in 56 games for the Force this season.
Brodzinski said he and his family were more than pleased with the documentary but as far as he’s concerned, his acting days are over.
“Yeah, not so much,” he said when asked about if he plans to be on camera again. “(The organization) likes to put me in that kind of stuff because they think I have a nice camera face.”
Even better than current Force defenseman, former Blaine teammate and close friend Taylor Richart?
“Ha,” he said. “For sure.”