Many sports documentaries focus on the inspirational story of an individual or a team overcoming great odds to achieve greatness, but few examine one particular position on a team, especially one so misunderstood and controversial. The new documentary “Ice Guardians” journeys into the lives of those who perform undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League today: The enforcer, an unofficial role whose job it is to deter and respond to violent play by the opposition.
Few understand this position and even fewer appreciate what is involved in becoming one. Born out of self policing an inherently violent game, the role now faces the scrutiny of national newspapers, blogs, and TV news casts. Due to its violent nature, it has drawn opinions from both fans and critics alike. But what led to its spectacular rise? What purpose does it really serve? What drives the actual on-ice enforcers in the face of such strong adversity? “Ice Guardians” profiles numerous NHL legends in order to move beyond the controversy and into the reality, revealing the humanity behind a position that struggles to maintain its existence. Watch the exclusive trailer below.
The film will have its world premiere in Toronto on September 12th, which will be followed by a wider theatrical release in the United States in September and October.