Helloooooooooooo Hockey Fans! Are you ready for an all-access pass to the big outdoor hockey event of the year! HBO is about to premiere 24/7: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC. It stars two of the hottest teams on the ice – The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.
The official Press Release follows – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League for 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC. Taking viewers inside a historic NHL matchup, between Original Six rivals Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, this innovative four-episode, all-access reality series debuts SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The show follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The excitement surrounding the rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan It is there where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event. Noted HBO Sports executive producer Rick Bernstein, “Taking our ‘24/7’ reality series into the world of the National Hockey League has been a riveting experience that our subscribers have thoroughly enjoyed. The ‘24/7’ franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines and unrestricted access. The cooperation provided by the teams, coaches and players is the special ingredient that has made this program a landmark series.”
John Collins, Chief operating officer of the NHL says, “HBO’s ‘24/7’ has been a game-changer for us. The wide-open access our clubs provide on and off the ice gives a real sense of what it takes to play in the NHL and just how special our players are. Our fans love it, and there’s no question that new fans have been attracted by watching the games and the personalities come alive through the lens of HBO’s storytelling. ‘Red Wings/Maple Leafs’ will provide no shortage of great stories, and having Sportsnet as our first partner in Canada will make this year’s edition bigger than ever.”
For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28, at the same time. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day. All episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.
Here are two official trailers to pump you up!
Episode # 01 debuts 12.14 at 10:00pm and also airs 12.15 at 8:30am; 12.16 at 5:30pm; 12.17 at 2:25am, 2:00pm & 9:00pm; 12.18 at 5:00pm & 11:00pm 12.20 at 12:00am & 11:45pm and 12.21 at 11:00am ET.
You don’t want to miss it if you love the hottest game on the ice!