HBO's "24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs as they prepare to meet in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014, will premiere Dec. 14.
HBO will debut a new episode of the third season of the critically acclaimed series on four consecutive Saturday nights, beginning with the Dec. 14 debut. The series follows the teams simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week, and builds to the sixth edition of the Winter Classic, when more than 100,000 fans are expected to attend the game at the "Big House" on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
For the first time, Sportsnet will give fans in Canada access to the series, which will be available in 8.5 million households. Sportsnet, which holds regional television rights to the Maple Leafs and four other Canadian teams, will show the series on four consecutive Sundays, beginning Dec. 15.