may have an unhealthy record with the Stanley Cup over the past few decades, but hockey dreams are at least coming true for the 2010 .

During a special press conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame last week, TIFF CEO and director and co-director announced that ‘s will make its world premier as the opening night gala for this year’s 35th annual .

The film stars newcomer as the very sheltered Farley, a teenager with an uncommon ability on the ice who finds himself propelled to overnight stardom when he’s discovered at the local rink. For his hippy-dippy parents, it’s almost a nightmare though, and Farley has to learn the rules of the ice if he really wants to stay in the limelight.

Score: A Hockey Musical co-stars as Farley’s best friend, and potential love interest, while and singer/songwriter play Farley’s unique parents. The film also stars , , Brandon Firla, and features cameos by the likes of , George Stroumboulopoulos, Hawksley Workman, , , , , and .

The film includes a total of 19 original songs by McGowan, performed by the Barenaked Ladies, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John, and Hawksley Workman, who also contributed to five of the tracks.

For McGowan, who both wrote and directed the musical comedy, this marks his third film to premier at TIFF; he previously debuted One Week at TIFF in 2008, and Saint Ralph in 2004.

This year’s festival also comes with a small gift for film fans since the event has been extended by one day, running a total of eleven days from September 9th to 19th.

For more information, stay tuned to The GATE, and head over to tiff.net/thefestival for tickets, or call 1-877-968-FILM.

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