Ice hockey fans have been urged to add a splash of colour to the Scottish premiere of a film in Kirkcaldy later this month.
The screening of ‘Ice Guardians’ – a look at the uncompromising world of the sports enforcers – sold out within 24 hours.
And with fans travelling in good numbers from Edinburgh and Dundee, as well as from across the Kingdom, a call has gone out to wear your hockey tops and be part of a unique photo-call.
The plan is to celebrate the huge response to the Scottish premiere with a picture of the full theatre ... and everyone wearing their Fife Flyers, Dundee Stars or Edinburgh Capitals tops.
The night will also feature a Q&A with well known hockey names, hosted by Allan Crow, editor of the Fife Free Press.
He will be joined on stage by Fife Flyers’ north American imports Brendan Brooks, Ric Jackman and Kyle Haines.
And also on the panel will be EIHL referee, Alan Craig.
He was one of a number of people in the sport who started the push on social media to get the documentary north of the border.
With sold-out dates announced in Cardiff and Nottingham, Alan joined fans on Twitter to lead the call for a Scottish screening.
The buzz they created led the Press, On Fife and Fife Flyers to work together to create a hockey night with a difference in Kirkcaldy.
Alan said: ‘‘I was re-tweeting calls to get the film up here and it just snowballed.
‘‘It was all over social media, and I was speaking to Victoria Silverwood, a criminologist who has been part of Q&A panels and has helped bring the film here.
‘‘We wanted to get it to Scotland given the number of teams we have here – the fans from each were all over it, and it just took off.’’
Alan, who has refereed for 30 years, will be on the panel at the premiere on Wednesday, November 23, to talk about the film, and how the role of the enforcers has changed.
A second screening has been arranged for Thursday 24th to cater for demand.
It will also feature A Q&A with a different panel of guests from the sport.
Brett Harvey’s acclaimed documentary looks at the role of the enforcer and how it is now under threat as the sport re-thinks its approach to fighting.
The Scottish premiere Q&A will be broadcast live on Facebook.
The Fife Free Press will be streaming it to the widest audience possible.
It can be viewed at facebook.com/fifefreepress on the night – more details will be posted before the event on all our digital platforms.
>> Alan Craig is sponsored by ice hockey equipment retailer, Cold Blooded Sports. Read more about them at Cold Blooded Sports