Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry gets new ESPN documentary

The rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche produced many unforgettable moments, including this legendary fight between Mike Vernon and Patrick Roy. (Reuters)

One of hockey’s greatest rivalries of all time is the on-screen treatment.

On Friday, ESPN released a trailer for their upcoming E60 documentary, due for release in June, which follows the gory history between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Featuring a star cast of former players including some legendary Hall of Famers such as Brendan Shanahan, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic; as well as the well-known brutalisers involved in some of the more crimson moments between the two clubs such as Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux; This feature will be a must for every ice hockey fan.

The trailer itself already provides plenty of talking points. When Kris Draper suffered a gruesome injury, McCarty’s retaliation against Lemieux and so on. But the highlight, aside from the dramatic scenes of players throwing each other on the ice, is current Toronto Maple Leafs President and Deputy Governor Brendan Shanahan, who clearly still has the blood in his veins at the thought of playing Colorado flushes and explains how he knew he had to “get the fuck somebody”.

No matter what fan base they belong to, hockey enthusiasts have hysterically scrambled over the teaser.

Some fans seemed to draw attention to the ending, as Red Wings legend Vladimir Konstantinov explained that his favorite part of the rivalry is when they “beat them”. Konstantinov was famously involved in a career-ending and life-changing limousine accident in 1997 that left him in a coma for several weeks and left him paralyzed. His condition has improved significantly since the accident, although he still has trouble speaking and walking.

Clean broadcasts and shiny new score bugs aside, ESPN’s return to the NHL now includes a world-class production team making dramatic and compelling documentaries about some of the sport’s historic storylines.

The documentary is scheduled to air during the Stanley Cup finals, which are scheduled to begin in mid-June.

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