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Rangers ready to welcome HBO cameras 24/7

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 12:56 PM

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Rangers ready to welcome HBO cameras 24/7
NEW YORK -- The camera crews for HBO's "24/7: Road to the Winter Classic" have made brief appearances during the past month, but they will become fully immersed starting Monday as the Rangers host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.

HBO's acclaimed documentary series will start compiling footage for the show's premiere, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. ET. The cameras have been around the Rangers at times, and the players have said they'll adjust now that the cameras will be around full-time.

Rangers coach John Tortorella said he won't change anything he does and said he wants his players to enjoy the experience.

"I'm not worried about our guys," Tortorella said. "I think athletes are entertainers. I think they're going to enjoy it. But I also trust our guys that they know what we're doing here. They know what the big picture is here. I think we're letting people into our room and I think it's a good thing for the League. But it won't affect our team. I trust our players understand that.

"I want them to enjoy this. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them."

Will there be any tirades like the ones captured by HBO when Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was swearing at a record rate?

"Probably not," Tortorella said.

Leafs coach Ron Wilson was asked if he'd welcome cameras into his locker room the way the Rangers and Flyers are with HBO.

"It'd be HBO Canada, so I don't know," said Wilson, pointing out a Canadian franchise hasn't participated in a Winter Classic. "We wouldn't be involved in a situation like that because it is HBO and it's an NBC production, as well. I'd be interested to see if the CBC or TSN would be involved with something like that."

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