October 26, 2012
Chris Nilan: The Last Gladiators
There is a moving new hockey documentary travelling across Canada and soon the United States. So moving that the main character - Chris Nilan, one of the toughest men ever to play in the National Hockey League - was moved to tears.
Here's part of the Montreal Gazette's review:
In the opening sequence of The Last Gladiators, the only things visible on the black screen are Chris Nilan’s hands.
He points out past wounds from hockey fights: Teeth in his hand, a shattered knuckle, the spot where his finger was almost bitten off.
The documentary film about hockey enforcers features interviews with former National Hockey League tough guys about the role. There are clips from Marty McSorley, Tony Twist and the late Bob Probert, among others.
But the main focus is Nilan, who racked up more than 3,500 penalty minutes in his 13 years in the NHL and earned the nickname Knuckles.
Through interviews with Nilan, his family and childhood friends — along with former teammates and hockey writers — the film looks at his career, his slide into drug addiction after he retired and subsequent recovery. Nilan was in tears when he first saw the documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.
You can read the full Montreal Gazette review here. Watch The Last Gladiators Official Trailer below.
The movie opens across Canada on October 26th, 2012. Check out The Last Gladiators official website