New Season of 'Ice Road Truckers' to Premiere Sunday, June 9 on History

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May 20th, 2013


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New York, NY – May 20, 2013 – The original hit series ICE ROAD TRUCKERS returns to battle more than just treacherous roads in an all new season premiering, Sunday, June 9 at 10PM ET/PT on HISTORY®. This season, old rivalries hit an all-time high as two different companies with legendary truckers go head-to-head and try to put each other out of business. Also, after a year on hiatus, the queen of the road, Lisa Kelly, returns and chooses a side.

The battle lines are drawn in Manitoba, Canada. Hugh “Polar Bear” Rowland returns after quitting his previous job at Polar Industries and sets up his own shop right down the street. Bound and determined to reclaim his crown as “King of the Road,” he poaches Polar’s dispatcher, intent on landing as many loads as he can to force his old company into submission. Hugh rounds up the toughest truckers he can find and together with these new faces, they hit the winter roads. However, Polar Industries and owner Mark Kohaykewych aren’t about to take this challenge lying down. To counter this threat on their turf, they enlist some of Hugh’s biggest rivals. Ice road legend Alex Debogorski signs on to Polar, anxious for the opportunity to wipe out Hugh’s company before it gets a chance to bloom. After a year hiatus, Alaskan trucking icon Lisa Kelly signs up with Polar as well, looking to conquer the new terrain of the winter roads just like she did on Alaska’s Dalton Highway. Montana Legend Darrell Ward joins the crew at Polar as well, finally getting the chance to drive the deadly ice crossings of Canada.

Throughout the season, the rivalry between the companies reaches a fever pitch as every load delivered means money out of the other team’s pocket. No assignment is off limits, no road is too dangerous and no ice crossing is too thin in this battle for winter roads supremacy.

This season also chronicles an eccentric mechanic way up north who dances to the beat of a completely different drummer. Joey Barnes, nicknamed “The King of Obsolete,” fills his yard with trucks from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Many of the vehicles are rarities, some he’s re-engineered into his own unique pieces of equipment. And he’s taken it upon himself to use his fleet of trucks to rescue those stuck in the most remote corners of Manitoba.

ICE ROAD TRUCKERS is a classic story of adventure, perseverance, human ingenuity and most importantly, danger.  One miscalculation of the road, bad weather or an unseen road hazard can be the difference between life and death.  Even the most seasoned drivers will find themselves challenged by the conditions, isolation and lack of creature comforts on the most dangerous roads in North America.  Although technology has changed how people deal with the conditions of the Arctic Circle, the people of the region cling to their deep roots and traditions of which ice road trucking has been an integral part for many generations.

ICE ROAD TRUCKERS is produced for HISTORY by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. Executive Producers for Original Productions are Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal and Jeff Conroy. Jeff Meredith produces the series. Executive Producer for HISTORY is Matt Ginsburg.

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Counting Cars™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as HISTORY®’s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us®  and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY® website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY®’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Fed master

    Finally! Waiting for the new season for months now. Go Polar Bear.

  • kirk boudreau

    When is ice road truckers new season starting in Canada been waiting for like ever

  • Casey

    Glad Lisa’s back.

  • Tom

    During the second season of Deadliest Roads, the Polar Bear actually started looking almost cuddly. Much more congenial than the Cancellation Bear. I wonder, though, if he’s enlisting Rick Yemm. That would add some crazy to this season.

  • Marti

    Yippeeee, Lisa returning will make this show even better. She is such a true and honest trucker.

  • K

    I’m so glad there is another Season. Dave Redmond thought it was over.

  • emilio cedeño

    todos a la expectativa , por los nuevos retos , cariños para LISA ¡

  • andrew

    thank god the sesan is starting go lisa.

  • Manypuig

    Venezuela tendrá que esperar por el estreno sin embargo espero esta serie siga superadose porq me encanta la rivalidad que hay es lo que le da el toque a esta serie! Greetings to Alex, Hugh, Rick, Lisa and Jack Jesse

  • David

    There are too many Hugh Rowlands in the world and not enough Lisa Kellys.

  • yves

    bonjour tout le monde je suis français et je suis cette série que j’aime énormément je voudrais savoir combien de temps a près la diffusion aux états unies ont peut espérer la voir en France bonne journée a tous

  • josh

    yes a finnaly its not the end for IRT.yves moi meme je suis franco americain et sincerement il faut attendre 1 ansavant de voir la saison de IRT en fait on a commencer a diffuser la saison deux, alors que vous n etier qua la saison un donc faut bien environ un an

  • Cyndi

    Yay!! Glad to see the series return, with the old rivalries and very happy to see Lisa back! I hope she tells us where she’s been and what she’s been doing

  • jack

    will austin wheeler be back?

  • Robin

    Hugh Roland is a male chauvinist pig…
    I know women trucker drivers who can out drive and out haul him any day of the week.
    I hope Lisa serves him his balls on a platter!
    She has nothing to prove…she had more guts then most men I know!!
    GO LISA!!

  • Dana

    Where’s Rick!?

  • Randall

    Big disappointment. Scripted show. Not real life scenarios. Lame lame lame

  • Retha Schubert

    What happened to The Dalton? Alaska? I enjoyed last season with both.Can’t understand why you got rid of the roads that started it.

  • Ron

    I’m wanted to save the series on my DVR to watch it all in a few days. But I couldn’t resist and had to see the 1t Episode. I’m disappointed to not see Rick and the Dalton. I liked the variety and miss the Dalton and Rick. Did Carlile demand too much money or was there another reason why they left Alaska? Also, did they punish Rick for bailing on South America?

  • knox2much

    Too little from last year is made clear. Where’s Austin? Why no Alaska? If Daryl was that good last year, why did he not go back. There are some seemingly obvious answers, but we should have them. As viewers, we buy into the show and then are treated like our interest is unimportant. I suppose the only way to exhibit disappointment is to no longer watch.

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