Fans first got a behind-the-scenes look at the Penguins when they were featured on HBO’s initial “24/7: Road to the NHL Winter Classic” back in 2011. That has continued with the team-produced series “In the Room,” and next year, fans will get even more access as the Pens will be featured in “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other.”
“NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” is a seven-part series being produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. that will begin in mid-January and will provide a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of NHL stars both on and off the ice as they play in 2013-14 regular-season games, including the four Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games. The Pens will be playing one of those against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field on March 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The cameras also will follow the stars to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and back in February. That Olympic experience only happens once every four years, and it is what truly makes this a season like no other and what makes this series so unique – especially for the Pens.
The Pens have so many players and staff members representing their respective countries in the Olympics – most notably superstar centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. This series will follow the continuously changing dynamic between all of these men as they go from teammates to competitors and back to teammates again.
“The interesting thing is that we’re going to be involved, unlike 24/7, in this transition where players like Crosby and Malkin will be teammates early in our series,” explained executive producer Ross Greenburg, who also served as an executive producer on 24/7.
“Then we’ll be going over to Sochi and they will find themselves across the ice from each other before they re-join each other in March as they look towards the playoffs as teammates again. I think this series will give us some opportunities they didn’t have on 24/7."
What also makes this series unique, especially compared to 24/7, is it will be more Penguins player-centric than that program ever was.
“In the two years we’ve done it to date, the focus of 24/7 really ends up pivoting around the coach, who’s at the center of all the team’s activities,” said NHL chief operating officer John Collins. “We went into this contemplating that we really wanted to celebrate the players and have more of the focus on the players.”
“We are going to take this through the lens of the player to get in and get embedded with these teams,” Greenberg added. “Though Dan Bylsma will be heard from in between periods and at times in the series – and we may do a story or two on him as he prepares for the Olympics coming out of his games in January and early February – for the most part, we’ll start off through the lens of the players.
"We’ll get into the team and what happens with the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout this special season as we follow the storylines of the individual star players. And if there are other members of the team that pop up as stories, we will pounce on those as well.”