Every season, the NHL offers an outdoor game on New Years Day as an event to draw casual hockey fans and gain some of the headlines it doesn’t generate during the season. While the five previous games have been fairly competitive and averaged nearly 47,000 in attendance, 2014’s match up is only the second to feature members of the famed Original Six, as the Detroit Red Wings will be taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
HBO will be using the lead up to the game, to be held in Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium, as fodder for its critically acclaimed 24/7 series, with 24/7 – Road to the NHL Winter Classic scheduled to premiere Saturday, December 14th at 10:00. Over the course of four episodes, the show will chronicle the preparation that each team goes through for the game, documenting the highs and lows associated with training for such a highly publicized event for their sport. While the second and third episodes will air on December 21st and 28th, the final episode isn’t set to air until three days following the game, but cameras will be at the stadium to film the action that happens both on and off the ice.
Previous incarnations of 24/7, narrated by Liev Schreiber, have documented the past two Winter Classics, as well as the Daytona 500 and nearly 20 boxing matches. You can check out a series of promotional clips for Road to the Winter Classic, as well as key art released by HBO for the four-episode season, below. 24/7 – Road to the Winter Classic will be available on HBO Go and will be repeated throughout the week.
Will you be watching 24/7 – Road to the NHL Winter Classic? Who do you think will win the Winter Classic – the Red Wings or the Maple Leafs? Which teams would you like to see compete in the Winter Classic next season?