Drake, LeBron James and Maverick Carter are set
to executive produce Black Ice, a feature
documentary about the game of hockey’s racial
The film from Uninterrupted Canada and The
SpringHill Company, which was founded by
James and business partner Carter, is about Black
hockey players facing systemic racism in the sport
and will be directed by Oscar nominee Hubert
Davis. Black Ice will spotlight the historical
marginalization of Black hockey players from the
early pioneers of the Colored Hockey League in
Maritimes Canada to today’s National Hockey
League and its paltry number of Black players.
The SpringHill Company, with film credits
like Space Jam: A New Legacy, More Than a
Game and The Carter Effect, will executive
produce along with Drake and Adel “Future” Nur
via the duo’s co-venture DreamCrew
Entertainment. Uninterrupted Canada chief
content officer Vinay Virmani will produce Black
Ice as it pushes hockey into the cultural
conversation for racial justice and diversity.
“Despite the hardships and struggles, this story is
about resilience and how society views itself today
while offering a path forward to a more equitable
and inclusive future,” Virmani said in a
statement. Director Hubert Davis is best known
for his 2005 documentary Hardwood and other
projects like Giants of Africa.
“I think it is more important than ever before for
all generations, particularly young people of
colour, to understand and see the diverse faces
who have contributed and shaped one the
essential fabrics of our country,” Davis said of
hockey, Canada’s national pastime. Black Ice has
started production with pro hockey players Zayde
Wisdom and Wayne Simmonds taking part.
Canadian broadcaster Bell Media will
release Black Ice on its TSN, Crave and CTV
platforms, while Elevation Pictures will do a
theatrical release north of the border. A U.S.
distribution deal is understood to be in the works.
Uninterrupted Canada is an athlete
empowerment brand led by CEO Scott Moore and
Virmani, in partnership with Drake and is aligned
with Uninterrupted, the U.S.-based platform.
Founded in 2007, SpringHill has also produced
scripted series including Starz’s Survivor’s
Remorse and Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the
Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Top Boy and
unscripted and documentary projects including
NBC’s game show The Wall, I Promise, More
Than a Game, Student Athlete, Shut Up and
Dribble, What’s My Name: Muhammad
Ali and Becoming on Disney+.