On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world’s most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new-found fight for the existence of the role itself.
The new documentary explores one of the most controversial positions in the history of sport, ‘Ice Guardians’ journeys into the lives of those who perform the toughest job within the NHL today, the enforcer.
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.
The movie will be in limited release starting today. Caps fans in the Washington DC area can catch the film at the AMC (Hoffman 14) Theatres during a week-long run, Starting November 4th – CLICK FOR TICKETS
By Jon Sorensen