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Starting with the 2011 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, HBO has run a segment on their show ’24/7′ documenting all of the events leading up to that game. This year though, HBO decided not to go through with the series. The Winter Classic this season is to be held in Washington and will involve the Capitals and the Blackhawks.
Reasons for the discontinuation haven’t really been discussed. Whether it is disinterest from the fans, or HBO finding it pointless to do another show on the Capitals, or being concerned about what Patrick Kane would do on live, uncensored television. Either way, we will not get to see all of the drama and emotion of our beloved Blackhawks before their second Winter Classic appearance.
HBO is of course not completely closing the door on the NHL, they just decided that this was not a year that they wanted to run it. The possibility of future ’24/7: Road to the Winter Classic’ seasons is not out of the question.
The NHL may consider doing their own version of it, but they would not be able to dive quite as deep as HBO due to the possible profanity.
As much as Hawks fans wanted to delve deep into the lives of all of their favorite players, and maybe even get a look at the ‘bromance’ between Kane and Jonathan Toews, they unfortunately will not be able to… this season at least.
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