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Movie Blog: ‘Last Gladiators’ Profiles Hockey’s Beloved & Bloodied Goons

Violence is nothing new in sports.

If anything, it’s ancient, deriving from the hormone-fueled physicality of athletic competition.

One could even argue that team sports, or any contact sport, could be taken as metaphors for war; they tell the story of battle – the glory of victory, the bitterness of defeat – without inflicting serious injury, or death, upon those who participate. 597 more words

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Legendary tough guy Chris Nilan opens his life in "The Last Gladiators"

Chris Nilan’s career as an enforcer in the NHL was one that leaves many fans looking back on his career with reverence. After 13 seasons spent mostly with the Montreal Canadiens as well as short stops in Boston and with the Rangers, he racked up 3,043 penalty minutes – a total that puts him ninth all-time in NHL history. 527 more words

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Movie review: The Last Gladiators

Featuring: Chris Nilan, Marty McSorley, Donald Brashear

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The hockey enforcer holds a unique position in the sports world: he’s paid to protect the more artful players on his team, and also to beat people up. 627 more words

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The Last Gladiators - Trailer

Academy Award® winning Director Alex Gibney takes an unprecedented look at the NHL’s most feared enforcers and explores the career of Chris “Knuckles” Nilan. The role was simple: protect their teammates no matter the cost. 67 more words

The Last Gladiators provides raw, real look at life of NHL enforcers, on-ice, off-ice and post-career

That was what a writer once dubbed The Drubbing of Nesterenko. Canadiens policeman John Ferguson pummelling Chicago Blackhawks winger Eric Nesterenko at the Montreal Forum, a memorable moment, for good or ill, in what was a 6-0 playoff victory for the Canadiens. 359 more words

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Gibney Skirts the Issues in 'The Last Gladiators'

The Last Gladiators is a tale of hockey’s tragic heroes: the enforcers. Director Alex Gibney’s documentary chronicles the personal struggles facing the NHL’s most misunderstood players. 288 more words

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