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'All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup' returning to Showtime

Weekly series takes fans inside road to NHL championship

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Your exclusive access to Playoffs

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup premieres Fri.

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup, your exclusive access to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, premieres this Friday, May 19 on SHOWTIME

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NEW YORK - SHOWTIME Sports will reprise its unprecedented behind-the-scenes documentary series with a second season of ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup®. The series, which provides intimate access to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, will premiere on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME with subsequent weekly episodes premiering Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT throughout the pressure-packed postseason. Plus, SHOWTIME Sports and the NHL® will offer the first episode to consumers who do not subscribe to SHOWTIME for free on multiple platforms including YouTube, SHO.com, NHL.com and NHL Network™ as the series premieres.

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup® chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final with exclusive access to the four final NHL® teams - Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins - battling for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup®, one of the oldest and most iconic trophies in sports.

Season One of ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup was the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolded. This series, along with the SHOWTIME Sports original college footage franchise "A SEASON WITH," delivers deep access and unique coverage during the most critical points of these respective seasons.

"SHOWTIME has set a new standard when it comes to behind-the-scenes, unscripted sports programming. Our network sets itself apart from the competition by offering unprecedented access to the players and coaches when the stakes are at their highest," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "We are grateful to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer and the NHL owners, general managers, players and coaches for granting us the access we need to make this a timely and compelling series."

"Season One provided us with such a unique opportunity to give fans a glimpse of the inner-workings of the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final," said Mayer, who also serves as Executive Producer for ALL ACCESS. "We are thrilled that SHOWTIME is back to chronicle the amazing storylines, remarkable performances and incredible dedication required to win the most storied trophy in all of sports."

SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to the entire series on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME the stand-alone streaming service available through Amazon, Apple®, Google, Roku, Samsung SmartTVs and at showtime.com, as well as through Amazon Channels, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation™ Vue. The series will also be available through TV providers' authenticated online services.

Consumers who do not subscribe to SHOWTIME will be able to sample the premiere episode beginning Friday evening for free on YouTube @SHOSports, on SHO.com, on NHL.com and other online portals. Consumers can sample the premiere episode for free across multiple television and streaming providers' devices, websites and applications and free On Demand channels.

Produced in conjunction with NHL Original Productions and with 54-time Sports Emmy® Award winning producer Ross Greenburg, ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup takes viewers onto the ice and into the dressing room, as the players and coaches chase what is called by many the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.

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