After a year since its release in 2016, the hockey documentary ‘Ice Guardians’ is available on Netflix (regions may vary). Fighting veterans Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth, who both endured one season spells in the Elite League, feature in the film which explores the controversial role of enforcers within the sport.
Described in the film as a dying breed, enforcers are quick to be scapegoated when it comes to injuries sustained within the sport. The documentary revealed that fighting in the NHL was only responsible for 5% of injuries that players suffered from with body checks being a more serious issue. Without enforcers, the film suggests that players are more susceptible to cheap physicality from opponents which can go unanswered if officials don’t spot it. They are also given the credit of helping some of the sport’s greatest players achieve their true potential. So why is the role being sacrificed? Continue reading “Nice to see you, to see you ice…”