Hockey Day at TIFF – September 10

Today was special I have to admit. I managed to see three movies (not four as promised but….), all good and two about hockey. As most readers will be aware this summer has been a bad one for hockey and particularly for players who took on the role of enforcer for their teams. Three enforcers have died and most recently we saw the loss of an entire team in a plane crash. So it was somewhat sadly serendipitous that TIFF has three movies about hockey and two in particular about enforcers. I suspect many of you will not be enamoured of the enforcers in the league and the role they play or of a league that clearly promotes fighting and makes the enforcer such a key element and I share much of that perspective. However, you should see these movies to gain a full understanding of the role of the enforcer and the impact playing that role has on the individuals. The focus will then turn away from the individuals and their acts to the real villains – Gary Bettman and his management team that seem to feel it is alright to throw away the lives of these men. So on to the reviews.

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