It starts Sunday night here in Canada! The series that we all love leading up to The Winter Classic that goes behind the scenes of The Red Wings & The Maple Leafs. Find out all the details you need and here are even a few of the trailers that have been released. This looks great.
Canadians can expect censored Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings in HBO’s 24/7 leading up to 2014 Winter Classic
TORONTO — On Sunday, the long-awaited, behind-the-scenes HBO miniseries featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs will make its Canadian debut — one day after its debut in the U.S., and with the possibility some of the dialogue will be bleeped out.
A spokesman for Rogers Sportsnet said the network will not air the uncensored version of HBO’s heralded 24/7 series, with its lenses and microphones focused this time on the Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings as they prepare for the NHL’s Winter Classic on Jan. 1. That suggests that, on the first run, Canadian viewers will miss out on any profanity caught on camera.
“That’s probably a good thing. There’s a lot of that,” Matt Frattin, a former Leafs forward who now plays for the Kings, said with a laugh on Wednesday.
Sportsnet will air all four episodes, with the first running at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, and encore presentations to follow. The network spokesman said Rogers will make the uncensored versions of the program available through the City network’s on-demand service.
The series will debut in the U.S. on Saturday, on HBO. The uncensored versions will be made available to Canadian audiences 48 hours after the premiere hits the airwaves.
Toronto is in the middle of a brutal stretch in its schedule, with injuries and a two-game suspension of captain Dion Phaneuf compounding those trials. There is no shortage of storylines for HBO to follow, and no shortage of characters to profile with its unfettered access.
According to a release issued by the NHL this week, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle and his Detroit counterpart, Mike Babcock, will be “in the spotlight” in the first episode. The series has made stars of coaches in the past, most famously with a profanity-laced rant by then-Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.
Guessing who will be this year’s breakout star has become something of a parlour game.
“The media seems to give the fans what they want,” said former Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens, who, with Frattin, was back in Toronto as a member of the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. “I would imagine Lupul’s going to get a lot of face time. Probably Bozak … and I imagine Phil doesn’t have a choice to be on it.”
Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel once formed the team’s top line. But Lupul is only now returning from a groin injury, while Bozak is out with an oblique strain. Kessel is thought to be playing through an injured right wrist.
The Leafs and Wings will play at the University of Michigan on Jan. 1 — the sixth time the Winter Classic has been staged — inside a football stadium that can hold more than 100,000 fans. The HBO series has won 17 Emmy awards in the U.S. over its run.
Will it be weird watching former teammates on television?
“A little weird,” Frattin said. “But then you can still bust their chops for the things that you see.”