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NHL, Showtime announce documentary playoff series

'ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup' to air May 20

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK -- SHOWTIME Sports continues its commitment to real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series with unprecedented access to the 2016 Stanley Cup® Playoffs in ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup. The docu-series will be the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolds. Premiering Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, weekly episodes chronicle the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup®, one of the oldest and most iconic trophies in sports.

Produced in conjunction with NHL Original Productions, ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup provides viewers with unfettered access to the players and coaches, on the ice and in the dressing room, as they chase what is called by many the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.

"SHOWTIME has set a new standard for the sports docu-series genre with unprecedented access to teams and players at the pinnacle of their sport," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "We broke new ground with our college football series, 'A SEASON WITH NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL,' and now, for the first time on a nationally televised series, we'll take viewers inside, to places they've never seen before, on the quest for the championship of a major professional sport. We have to thank NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Executive Producer Steve Mayer and the NHL owners, general managers, players and coaches for granting us the exclusive access we need to make this a timely and compelling program." 

"The intensity, unpredictability and relentlessness of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are unmatched in all of sports," Mayer said. "With a level of access to our players and Clubs that has never before been granted during a North American pro sports league's postseason, SHOWTIME will chronicle the amazing storylines, remarkable performances and incredible dedication required to win the most storied trophy in all of sports."

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup will be produced by 53-time Sports Emmy® Award winning producer Ross Greenburg, who pioneered the sports documentary series genre.

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