HBO has decided to check out the NHL on it's acclaimed 24/7 sport series. In the past they have covered boxing and NASCAR and also developed the now infamous New York Jets "Hard Knocks" show. The NHL 24/7 features the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals and for hockey fans it is must see TV.
The series decided to follow the teams in the regular season. In the daily grind of professional hockey. They chose 2 teams who have some star power players in Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. It follows the teams dealing with wins and losses, devastating losses, series of losses. Ones that count. Not like in Hard Knocks where it was pre-season and it really didn't matter. It is following these teams as they deal with the every day of their season.
The series caught the Pens as they went on a big winning streak and the Caps as they embarked on a big losing streak. It showcased the highs and lows of every night hockey. One team in the throes of winning night after night, building their confidence. One team in the midst of a huge losing slide, fighting the flu, losing Malkin to injury, and their coach Boudreau going on a rant to try and get his team motivated after yet another devastating loss all caught on tape.
Malkin is now back from injury, Scott Hanan was traded from Colorado to the Caps and is still looking for a house, The end of the Pens 12 game winning streak and the Caps ongoing 7 game losing streak are all part of episode 2. The show introduces the characters and then follows them as the season and story unfolds. They don't create anything. They just follow. It's reality TV at its most real. The film crew doesn't want to interject or become obtrusive. They are just their to film the reality of a day after day grind that is professional hockey while bringing some of the players into a little better focus.
The crew said that the NHL, the teams, and players have been outstanding in opening every door, being absolutely professional, and welcoming them in to their world. The NHL, the teams, and players want people to get to know them better. Check out HBO's 24/7 featuring the Penguins and Capitals and see some true reality TV.