Hockey Mom Movie Camp: Ice Guardians
Since reviewing my favorite hockey movie last summer I was getting concerned I might not have any more material for a while. Luckily, the documentary Ice Guardians will be premiering September 12th in Toronto and other dates, including US will be announced shortly. Ice Guardians uses the documentary genre to show what it means to be one of the toughest guys in all of sports, the enforcer.
"Exploring one of the most controversial and provocative positions in the history of sport, ‘Ice Guardians’ journeys into the lives of those who perform what is undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League today, the enforcer. Very few understand this position and even fewer appreciate what is involved in becoming one. It’s a punishing profession unlike any other, holding little mercy for its candidates on or off the ice. Born out of self policing a game where 200 pound men fly towards each other on metal blades with sticks, the role now finds itself facing the scrutiny of national newspapers, on-line blogs and TV news casts. Due to its violent nature, it has drawn opinions from both fans and critics alike. But what do we really know? What led to its spectacular rise? What purpose does it serve in the eyes of its beholders and what drives them forward in the face of adversity? Ice Guardians steps beyond the hype and heads directly to the source of the debate… the players themselves. Through their eyes, tough exteriors are shed to reveal the humanity behind a role that struggles to maintain its existence." - Ice Guardians Website
Fighting in hockey tends to be a polarizing topic amongst fans, but no matter what side you are on, for or against, it's an interesting topic. Having read the book The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation In The NHL by Ross Bernstein with forewords by Marty McSorley and Tony Twist, I am excited to see this subject played out on the big screen.
The best in the business are involved in this project and with names like George "The Hammer" Schultz, Brian McGrattan, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull and Chris Chelios (and that's just a few), it's going to be thrilling to watch.
Watch for my review when the movie hits the US and in the meantime check out the Ice Guardians website.