The Stanley Cup Final is the ultimate fun for hockey fans and broadcasters. But when two Original Six teams are involved, things get ratcheted up a bit higher.
For the first time since 1979, two Original Six clubs -- the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks -- will compete for the Stanley Cup when the series opens Wednesday at United Center in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
That bit of history is fun for the fans, a group that includes the three main on-air talents for NBC who will be broadcasting the game: Mike "Doc" Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.
"Original Six [teams] and wild fan bases that go back over generations, and this is going to be a thrill for us to be part of it and watch it all with you," Emrick said during a conference call Monday.
Olczyk knows well the passion that comes from being part of an Original Six team. He played for three in his 16-season NHL career -- the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers -- and works as an in-game analyst on Blackhawks television broadcasts.
"It is super special when you can have two Original Six teams meeting in the Stanley Cup Final," Olczyk said. "I think the Original Six adds a little extra pizzazz to the Stanley Cup Final. I think these are the two best teams that have earned the opportunity to play for the greatest trophy in the world. And there is something to the selling and the luster of the Stanley Cup Final with two Original Six teams in it."