The Kiggins Theatre is offering a one-time-only showing of the acclaimed hockey documentary, Ice Guardians, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.This is a special Tugg screening with a Q&A session after the film featuring Portland’s own Paul Gaustad, formerly of the Portland Winterhawks, Buffalo Sabres, and—most recently—a retired veteran of the Nashville Predators. The event will be hosted by former Portland Winterhawks play-by-play announcer Dean “Scooter” Vrooman.
Ice Guardians tells the story of on-ice enforcers struggling to rise through the professional ranks of the world’s most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new-found fight for the existence of the role itself. Exploring one of the most controversial and provocative positions in the history of sport, Ice Guardians looks into the lives of those who perform what is undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League: the enforcer. Few understand this position and fewer appreciate what is involved in becoming an enforcer. Ice Guardians steps beyond the hype and talks directly to the players themselves. Through their eyes, tough exteriors are shed to reveal the humanity behind a role that may not exists much longer.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 and available at the door or online at tugginc.com. Five percent of ticket sales (Tugg’s event promoter share) will be donated to the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.