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Dr. John Randolph of the University of Michigan has stated that “Pulling the Goalie” is not only a bittersweet movie that is both highly entertaining and moving but it also enters the underpopulated niche of works specifically dealing with the multiple issues faced by couples dealing with male infertility. Avsharian, the director of the film brings a lighthearted touch to a challenging health concern that exposes these issues with an honest yet hopeful touch. My hope is that his film will become recommended viewing for future couples with such issues, sports enthusiasts or not."

"Avsharian has cleverly framed his film about male infertility from a conventionally male perspective using hockey as a metaphor to provide both context and levity. Sport provides an immediate connection to an uncomfortable and embarrassing topic with both situations and language that are laughingly familiar to both men and women. As an entry into the increasingly complex and demoralizing process of the infertility treadmill about which men frequently feel baffled and disengaged, Avsharian uses that parallel to create a deeply personal and compelling narrative.

Hiag Avsharian is an experienced business owner and entrepreneur who felt compelled to write and direct a film based on his infertility journey and love of beer league hockey. Hiag is married with two children, both of whom were conceived via Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) procedures. Hiag lives in his hometown of Ann Arbor with his family.

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