BostonBruins.com - There's a reason fans say "we" in reference to their beloved sports teams. They're a part of it, the journey, from the summer, through the season and late into June. And they want to be as much a part of it as possible, from attending games and events, to following the team's every move.
Now, Bruins' fans will get to go behind the scenes like never before, with the new all-access TV series "Behind the B" presented by Alex and Ani, slated to air during the 2013-14 season. The special hour-long premiere episode debuts this Monday, September 9, at 8:00 p.m. ET on NESN, and 12 more half-hour long episodes will follow (air dates to be announced). It's being narrated by Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
If you follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins, Instagram, Facebook; read the stories and Bruins Blog posts on BostonBruins.com; and watch our BostonBruinsTV channel for videos of the B's, we try our best to bring you into the locker room and learn the personalities of this hard-nosed, gritty, high-character team. But there's always much, much more to see and hear, as this "Behind the B" trailer hints at (it also includes the locker room shot of Patrice Bergeron included in this post).
The B's cameras were rolling around the team at the end of last season, and into the summer. As such, the premiere starts off in the Bruins locker room on June 24, 2013 with Head Coach Claude Julien consoling his charges following the team’s heartbreaking Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup Final. That will be tough to watch, yes, but should be a glimpse at the raw and emotional moments that could be captured on "Behind the B."
According to the Bruins' official press release, viewers of Monday's first episode will then join Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the club’s hockey operations brass in the boardroom and witness the sensitive discussions, phone calls and debates that were held before the major roster moves took place this offseason.
Kind of like this...
Patrice Bergeron recently watched the "Behind the B" trailer.
"Looks pretty good. I mean, I'd watch it," he laughed. "It looks very interesting, getting to know what we do behind the scenes and having a feel of what goes on, so it seems like it's going to be an interesting show and a great show for fans to see that."
When Patrice allowed the cameras to follow him around for "NHL 36," which chronicled 36 hours in his life as a Boston Bruin, the other B's tried to stay away from him and the cameras as best as they could.
"Not going to be the case this time..." I joked to him.
"Yeah, it's going to be hard to get away from [the cameras] for the whole season," he agreed. The BostonBruinsTV cameras are usually around the players, but the TV show will take it to another level.
"After a while, I'll just get used to them but we'll see - I'm usually camera shy but I guess if they're there the whole time, they're just part of the routine," Bergeron added. "I guess I'll let you know more after a couple of weeks or month."
Tuukka Rask recently got a chance to watch an advanced screening of the first episode, and looks enthralled in the action.
(Vinny Lecavalier sighting with Cam Neely? Hmm...)
Brad Marchand, when asked about the show, joked he may have to be censored the whole time (fans already have had a glimpse at his personality - I'm sure they'll get a further look in the show).
I recently showed Johnny Boychuk the trailer, and other than making sure there was a shot of him in the 1:30-long clip (you're in there, Johnny, don't worry), he thought it'd be a cool show for the fans to see.
That's the part all of the B's can agree on - that it's a great opportunity for fans to see what they're like.
"I think it will be very cool. We've done that - just on the trailer there, you see us getting ready and preparing and also, after games, giving the jacket to the new 'Player of the Game.' That's cool things that fans don't get to see usually," said Bergeron. "And now, they'll get the chance to see it. I think it will be a very cool show and a good thing to watch."
More to Look Forward To...
For me, one part of this show that I hope fans will enjoy is the look at not only the players behind the scenes, but also the incredibly hard-working coaching and support staff who log the endless hours that often go unnoticed. It takes a small army.
In Episode One, you'll also get to witness the glory of Strength & Conditioning Coach John Whitesides. You might see us talk about him here on BostonBruins.com and the rest of our digital media channels when players are returning from injury, as he's the one to help work them back into game action; but in the first episode, you'll see him in the weight room during Development Camp. Also in this segment, you will find out two prospects who the hockey ops staff identify as players who will challenge for spots on Boston's roster when training camp opens on September 11.
This can't-miss TV kicks off Monday, and will follow your B's all season long.
Soo, who's excited?