From a media release:
Super ChannelÂ is pleased to announce the world broadcast premiere of the Super Channel Original feature documentary,Â Ice Guardians, an in depth look at the misunderstood role of the NHL hockey enforcer, onÂ Saturday, October 8Â atÂ 9 p.m. ETÂ (SC3). It will also be available to subscribers onÂ Super Channel On DemandÂ the following day.
Exploring one of the most controversial and provocative positions in the history of sport,Â Ice GuardiansÂ 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. Itâ€™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 newscasts. 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?Â Ice GuardiansÂ steps beyond the hype and heads directly to the source of the debateâ€¦ the players themselves. Through their eyes, tough exteriors are shed to reveal the humanity behind a role that struggles to maintain its existence.
Written and directed by Brett Harvey (The Culture High),Â Ice GuardiansÂ features interviews with NHL enforcers Dave Semenko, Clark Gillies, Eric Godard, Nick Fotiu, Dave Brown, Gino Odjick, Zenon Konopka, Kelly Chase, Scott Parker, Todd Fedoruk, Riley Cote, Derek Boogaard, Mitch Fritz, Sasha Lakovic, Wendel Clark, Brian McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth, Luke Gazdic and many more.Â Producers are Adam Scorgie, David Singer, Kelly Chase, Chris Tavlarides, Jimmy Lynn and Rocky Mudaliar.