Ice Guardians is a documentary about the Enforcers in Hockey. Even for those of us that aren't familiar with hockey are familiar with the fighting in hockey. So for many of us this documentary will be an eye opener into the structure of hockey and the context that the fights exist in. But deeper than that it also looks into the psychology and the sociology of not just the hockey enforcer, but hockey and human society in general. The structure and culture of hockey is held side by side with the culture and structure of our everyday lives to get us to re-examine the way we look at the sport, the enforcers, and the world we live in.
One of the biggest draws for me in watching this was purely in understanding the fighting aspect of hockey. Another podcast on the Freedom Train Network: The Fix, had a segment where the host went into a rant about fighting in sports and mentioned fighting in hockey. That was the only reason I even gave this documentary a chance. I am glad I did. What I got wasn't just a look at hockey, but a look at life in general. A confirmative message about the need for balance and the necessity for "or else" alternatives when dealing with an opponent be they friendly or otherwise. The need for diplomats and soldiers as has been said (although not in this film). They get into the fighting but they go about it in a way that is different from what you would expect. The film is obviously very pro-fighting but it did present an expert that was against fighting. They stances aside however, the player perspectives, the number crunching analyses, and the excited fans all serve to provide an interesting and exciting look into a sport that isn't very popular in the Black Community and the most intriguing aspects of that sport, the enforcers and the fighting. Beneath all of this was a gigantic message there for us should we choose to observe it, Martin was only successful because Malcolm was the alternative. Meet the enforcers.