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Documentary ‘Ice Guardians’ makes the case for hockey’s enforcers

Documentary ‘Ice Guardians’ makes the case for hockey’s enforcers

Violence has long been a controversial, even elemental aspect of hockey, and director-cinematographer Brett Harvey does not try to downplay it in the incisive documentary “Ice Guardians.” Looking at the role of the game’s “enforcers,” the tough guys who use their fists as a means of settling scores, letting off steam and intimidating opponents in the National Hockey League, Harvey delivers an in-depth cultural and sociological view of the sport, while making a compelling case for the necessity of fighting.

That said, it’s definitely “inside hockey,” as there’s not enough back story on individual players for non-fans to be...

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