THE PLOT THUS FAR
Sled hockey is a riveting game of force, speed, and strategy. Sometimes called “murderball on blades,” this is a sport for athletes with disabilities who are ready to hit hard and shoot fast. Players battle with their sticks, their sharp sled runners, and the serrated ice picks used to propel their sleds.
Ice Warriors follows the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team through grueling preparations leading up to the 2014 Paralympic Games, then focuses in on the dramatic competition in Sochi, Russia. The Americans are aiming for something that’s never been done before–back-to-back gold medals.
They need to work hard to come together as a team, with military veterans playing alongside teenagers, experienced players guiding the rookies. The film showcases their emotional stories of injury and resilience, their hard work in training camps and elite international competitions, and their personal challenges on the ice and at home.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Ice Warriors” is a look at how the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team did what their able bodied compatriots couldn’t do! These Ice Warriors rose all the way to GOLD in dreaded Sochi. Military vets played alongside college age teens, as they came together to form a hell of a team. These guys were pulling stuff that I haven’t seen since the Dallas Stars were on their 90s run. I didn’t pay a terrible amount of attention to them during Sochi, but WOW!
USA Sled Hockey is an interesting concept that feels like a Murderball version of Hockey. That being said, there is nothing about the material that feels like it’s tailored down to these guys. I’d like to see regular athletes attempt to pull off some of the moves that the sled team accomplished. More than anything, the extra use of the upper body seems like it would be way more exhausting. Over 86 minutes, I can’t believe that I saw a hockey documentary that touched me in a way that I haven’t been touched since the usual Herb Brooks memorial reel.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for the release. The transfer is on par with the last couple of PBS documentaries. The same goes for the Dolby 2.0 surround track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2014