Full house as Kirkcaldy hosts Scottish premiere of Ice Guardians

Ice Guardians - poster for new film on ice hockey enforcers
Ice Guardians - poster for new film on ice hockey enforcers
  • Watch our Q&A live on Facebook
  • Seats still available for second showing

Kirkcaldy hosts the Scottish premiere of acclaimed sports documentary Ice Guardians tonight in front of a full house.

The Adam Smith Theatre will welcome ice hockey fans from across Scotland for the first screening north of the border of Brett Harvey’s acclaimed feature on the men with the toughest job in sport.

The premiere sold out within 24 hours, and a second date was quickly added for Thursday November 24.

Both nights will feature a Q&A session with a number of ice hockey stars.

They will be hosted by Allan crow, editor of the Fife Free Press.

Wednesday’s premiere will see Fife Flyers stars’ Brendan Brooks, Kyle Haines and Ric Jackman on stage with referee Alan Craig to talk about the film, and the role of enforcers in the sport.

Our Q&A panel for the premiere - Brendan Brooks, Evan Henderson (OnFife), Ric Jackman, Allan Crow and Kyle Haines (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

Our Q&A panel for the premiere - Brendan Brooks, Evan Henderson (OnFife), Ric Jackman, Allan Crow and Kyle Haines (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

On Thursday, Flyers legends Chic Cottrell, Allan ‘Bean’ Anderson and Gordon Latto will take to the stage for more hockey talk.

On both nights fans are being urged to wear their hockey tops to add even more colour to the night.

The documentary has caught the imagination of hockey fans in north America and now the UK.

Ice Guardians takes an in-depth look at the role of the enforcer in the NHL at a time when fans, experts, the media and the game itself is split over the thorny issue of fighting.

It speaks to the men, including many legendary NHL enforcers, whose job it is to stand up and fight for their team-mates and the powerful impact such a role can have on their lives, and their own sporting ambitions.

And it looks beyond the footage of on-ice brawls to find out more about the people throwing, and facing, the punches, and finds out how they cope in a role which can take its toll on them physically and mentally.

Brett Harvey’s documentary gives them a rare voice at a time when their very existence is under threat as the sport, and society, changes.

>> Tickets are still available for Thursday’s screening from the box office or via OnFife

>> You can watch the Q&A from the premiere night live on line. Visit Facebook FFP