And the DVD features bonus footage not featured in the broadcast version, such as extended interviews!
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In 2013, the University of Vermont men’s ice hockey program celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Brothers of The Gut: 50 Years of UVM Hockey, a film by Vermont PBS, honors that milestone with an engaging exploration of the rich history and talented players – and a community’s intense passion – for one of Vermont’s most celebrated institutions.
"What a spectacular documentary. Beaucoup congratulations." - Bill Dunn
"Great job on documentary! We're very lucky to have people like you in the media!" - Toby Ducolon
"It's incredible how well you captured the history of UVM hockey. I can't believe how much I learned about the "Brotherhood" myself." - Aaron Miller
"This project really hit home as to how special it is to be one of the brothers of the Gut. For many of us, playing at UVM had a profound effect on our lives." - Boomer Child
"Congratulations on a job well done...without you there would be no documentary celebrating 50 years of UVM hockey" - Jim and Lorna Cross
"I think its safe to say your efforts engaging us and then so accurately capturing the history, the story, the humanity of our collective experience has helped me and all of us “brothers” better and more fully appreciate the magic and wonder and specialness of our experience. And I think its fair to say it will help us better appreciate and support our community and its culture going forward." - Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture
"Simply brilliant. What a great story you told about our proud history." - Kevin Sneddon, Head Coach, UVM hockey team
"I am very proud of you for all that you did to truly capture what it was like to be just one of the "Brothers of the Gut." - Lee Roy
The film covers the men’s hockey program from its beginnings in 1963 as a Division II team through to its current era as an NCAA Division I contender. This era has produced some celebrated talent, including players who went on to successful National Hockey League careers.
Players from the era include John LeClair (’91), Martin St. Louis (’97), Eric Perrin (’97), Tim Thomas (’97), and Patrick Sharp (’02). Along with profiling these and other standouts from throughout the program’s history, Brothers of The Gut also chronicles the highs and lows, including a hazing scandal that abruptly ended the 2000 season, the team’s ultimate resurrection, and its second NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 2009.
The team’s rich history is brought to life through interviews, profiles and background stories, including:
- Former players and current Vermonters from the NCAA Division II era, providing a rich historical perspective of the team’s early years.
- Profiles of team veterans from the Division I era, including both former and current pro players.
- Coaches Jim Cross (1965-1984), Mike Gilligan (1984-2003) and Kevin Sneddon (2003 - present), who nurtured the program over its 50-year history.
- Diehard fans who continue to sell out “The Gut” – nickname of UVM’s Gutterson Field House, home ice for the Catamounts.
The film is enhanced with a range of archival material to complement the emotional, inspiring and sometimes amusing stories – highlighting the impact that UVM hockey has had on players and coaches, and on the community that has ardently supported the team for half a century.
Major production funding provided by the following sponsors.