As you know, Toronto is the centre of the universe, especially when hockey is involved. Like, that time when we created a World Cup of Hockey, straight up invented a couple countries to play in it, and put all the games in the Air Canada Centre!
Haha, we’re the best. Anyway, that tradition carries, as the Ice Guardians documentary makes it’s World Premiere this week in Toronto! Technically, that’s probably because of TIFF more than anything, but hey, nobody asks how you get the win, just that you get the two points.
What Is Ice Guardians?
We’ll let our pal BaggedMilk from OilersNation explain it since he’s done such a good job of it already:
For years we’ve all heard stories about NHL players policing themselves on the ice. Player A gets chippy and player B tells him to settle down or one of his teammates will get it. It’s a part of hockey that we’ve all grown accustomed to. As a result of that culture, the fighter role was born and thrived for decades. These days, fighting in hockey faces scrutiny from journalists, bloggers, TV pundits, and seemingly every fan in between. While opinions on the topic are certainly varied, there are still many fans that still feel fighting has a place in hockey.
Aside from keeping order and potentially injuring an opponent what purpose does fighting really serve? What about the players that are actually filling the role and actually getting punched in the face? Ice Guardians profiles several NHL legends in order to give us all a taste of what is really happening on the ice, bringing us closer to what it actually means to do the job and whether or not it’s still important, and if the position will survive.
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 examines both sides of the fighting argument, including the concussion controversy that we’ve all been reading about in the media. It focuses on the people behind the controversy, why they do this job, and what it means to fight on NHL ice. Needless to say, this is a premiere that you’re going to want to go see, and if you want to make that happen you have to act quickly as tickets are selling out. The details you need:
How To Win
We’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away, and we’re going to split them across here and Twitter. Here’s how you can get your hands on them.
On TLN: Leave us a comment telling us about your all-time favourite Leafs fight. Could be a bloodbath, could be something small that carries significance to you. There’s a lot of great ones, so don’t be shy! We’ll pick our favourite response to be our winner. Do note that for this post, we’ll only be allowing comments from registered users, as it’s the best way for us to ensure we’re contacting the correct email afterwards.
On Twitter: This one’s much simpler; simply retweet the embedded tweet below for a chance to win! The winner will be selected at random.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) September 8, 2016
This will be a quick contest; our winners will be decided tomorrow at 3PM Toronto time.
Skip The Contest Lineup
Are you so hyped up for this movie now that you plan on seeing it whether you win tickets or not? Excellent. That was part of the plan. So let me tell you how to be there for the debut.
Ice Guardians will have its first showing at The Royal Cinema (608 College Street, between Grace and Clinton west of Bathurst) on Monday night (September 12th). Red Carpet starts at 5:30 PM, followed by the movie at 7:00 PM and a Q&A with some of the involved players at 9:00 PM.
If you want to pick up advance tickets, you can do so here. You’ll even save 5% if you tweet about it! Best of luck to those who enter.