Win Tickets to the World Premiere of Ice Guardians


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. 

From the Ice Guardians website:

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.

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.

  • DukesRocks

    This should be no contest.

    1 – 1993 playoffs Wendel Clark vs Marty McSorley

    This is one of the most epic Maple Leaf fights. Gilmore got hit hard cutting into the middle. McSorley open ice hit lays out Gilmore. Enter Clark like an attack dog. There’s a secondary fight as well with Todd Gill vs Dave Taylor

    2 – Felix Potvin vs Ron Hextall

    This fight starts with Clark and LeCroix. However the main event was when the two goalies went at it. Felix left Hextall with a bloody face. Tie Domi’s reaction to the blood on Hextall’s face is priceless.

  • BarelyComments

    I know it’s not the most famous or historically significant Leaf fight and the event is perhaps slightly less memorable than others given that it was a pre-season game, but for me, the September 22nd 2013 line brawl/goalie fight will always be one of the craziest things I’ve ever been able to see live (I was lucky enough to be there). I’m still in my early/mid 20’s and grew up in a fairly artsy/academic family (i.e. not diehard sports fans) and so my obsession for hockey wasn’t exactly encouraged or pushed on me at a young age, it took me until I was 16 or 17 years old to really start following the Leafs avidly as I do now and so I’m unfortunately pretty ignorant when it comes to a lot of significant pre-2010 Leafs history. That 2013 pre-season game versus Buffalo was only my second time actually at the ACC, my dad took me to a game as a present a couple years earlier, although it was before I figured out that I needed glasses for long distances and so that game essentially consisted of me trying to pick out shapes from the upper bowl.

    This time I went with my brother and we managed to get pretty decent lower bowl seats (yay pre-season prices!). The whole thing happened so fast that I think most of us in the arena didn’t realize how it started, I didn’t notice that Scott went after Kessel until I watched the reply at home, what I do remember is seeing everyone chasing each other to the middle of the ice off the face-off before the ref even droped the puck and then watching Clarkson jump the boards to join (the beginning of the end…). Almost everyone on the ice was fighting including Kessel (after he found someone his own size) and the crowd was the loudest arena atmosphere I had ever experienced, not to mention, as soon as the crowd started to calm down Bernier skated to the other end of the rink and beat the crap out of Miller which was one of our first introductions to Bernier at the time. It was a pretty awesome start to an awful 2013-14 season.

    • DukesRocks

      Yeah that was funny – Kessel and Flynn and Bernier and Miller. Love Scott what a character. Scott would have killed Clarkson if he wanted to.

      Another funny one was when Domi squirted water over the glass in the penalty box in Philly. Some fat fan took exception to it and jumped at the glass. Due to his weight the glass collapsed and he fell into the box with Domi. Not a good place to be for the fan.

  • HackZyman

    Whenever I think of epic fights, I just remember that time Wendel Clark fought everyone wearing a Habs jersey on the ice. Don’t remember a date or anythink like that but when I saw that on a replay as a young kid cemented two facts for the rest of my life for me –

    Fact 1 – I will be a lifelong, die-hard Leafs fan (going on almost 30 years now)

    Fact 2 – fvck the Habs so, so hard

  • Harte of a Lion

    Since my daughter is from another generation of Leaf fans, born 4/96, I asked her to answer this question…Even though she is overseas studying for a year (I got her NHL Live so she won’t miss a single Leaf game) her answer was…September 22nd 2013, Bernier jumping Ryan Miller and laying a pounding on him after the Scott/Kessel/Clarkson nonsense. She believes goalie fights are awesome and rates the Potvin/Hextall fight second only because she experienced the Bernier fight live while the Potvin fight was on video.

    If you met my sweet girl you would never guess behind the façade of a gorgeous, brainy, athletic model, there exists diehard passionate Leaf fan who appreciates a good hockey fight. Deep down, she is a true blue & white Leaf fan just like her dad. I created a monster…

    Fortunately she has not lived through the nearly 5 decades of futility that I have seen (2 decades is enough) and her earliest memories are sitting on the big blue couch in her tiny Cujo jersey and chanting “Go Weafs Go”. Fortunately her 20’s will be filled with promise and excitement as Shanahan and his assembled team creates a Cup contender!