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NHL will announce HBO replacement on Sept. 23


HBO confirmed that it is severing ties with the NHL regarding the “24/7” series, but many noted that this didn’t mean the league couldn’t run behind-the-scenes documentaries without their skilled partner.

That indeed sounds like it will be the case, as the NHL said that they’ll announce a new partner (and plan) on Sept. 23 at Nationals Park:

Rights issues can be tricky, but one would guess that whatever series might not be called “24/7,” as HBO produces documentaries under that title for a variety of other events, most notably boxing.

While matching or even topping HBO’s production values could be a tall order, plenty of NHL fans are likely relieved to hear that they might get some rare glimpses into the daily lives of hockey figures next season. We might get a better idea of how that might work on Sept. 23.

Update: HBO confirms end of ’24/7′ partnership with NHL


Update: HBO reps confirmed that they’re walking anyway from their involvement in the NHL “24/7” series in this e-mail (via Puck Daddy):

“Everybody at HBO enjoyed working with the NHL and its teams on ‘24/7’ the past four years. It was an exciting endeavor and we’re very proud of the never-before-seen presentation of the world of hockey that ‘24/7’ was able to capture,” said Ray Stallone, a spokesman for HBO.

“There was never an expectation that HBO would chronicle the lead-up to the Winter Classic every year. So we will not be involved with the NHL this season. We wish the NHL the very best and the door will always remain open.”


The news originally came from Greg Brady of FAN 590 radio:

Brady adds that the NHL could still work on some sort of behind-the-scenes show, but that “HBO has walked.”

The first 24/7 series leading up to the Winter Classic was in 2011, when the Capitals and Penguins were profiled. It was a production that received widespread praise, as well as confirming Bruce Boudreau as one of the great profanity aficionados of our time.

Two more editions followed, with the cameras following the Rangers and Flyers in 2012 and Maple Leafs and Red Wings in 2013.

Alleged noisy neighbor Tatar facing eviction from Helm’s condo

Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings

Remember that whole thing with Tyler Seguin and his reportedly trashed apartment in Switzerland? Maybe you don’t. It was right after the lockout ended and you may have been busy celebrating. Seguin denied the whole thing anyway.

But what will Red Wings younster Tomas Tatar say about what’s being reported in the the Detroit News? The newspaper wrote today that Tatar, 23, is facing eviction from a condo that his teammate, Darren Helm, owns.

According to the complaint, the association has received numerous complaints from neighbors that since late October 2013, excessive noise has been heard from the players’ condominium “up to four nights a week” between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. including “loud music, yelling and banging on the floors and walls.”

Several noise complaints have allegedly been made to Royal Oak Police as well, according to the lawsuit.

Additionally, Tatar is alleged to have routinely parked his vehicle in parking spaces inside the condominium’s parking structure which are designated only for short-term guest parking.

It may be easy to dismiss this story as just a young kid doing what young kids do, but you’re not the poor guest trying to get a parking spot, are you now.


Carlyle on HBO presence: ‘It’s not normal what we’re living right now’

Randy Carlyle Leafs

HBO 24/7: Red Wings/Maple Leafs is only one episode old, but it’s already affecting Toronto.

Just ask the head coach.

“It’s not normal what we’re living right now,” Leafs bench boss Randy Carlyle said, as per the Canadian Press. “These people are professional people, they try to make it as easy as possible. But it’s not easy to sit and give a team meeting and have a team meeting with a camera and a microphone.

“It’s just not normal for us. We’ve never had to do that.”

The first episode of the popular HBO program aired this past weekend with three more scheduled, leading up to the grand finale — the 2014 Winter Classic, to be played at the University of Michigan’s Big House on Jan 1.

The debut episode of 24/7 highlighted Toronto’s loss to Boston on Dec. 8, and has since captured Toronto’s roughest patch of the season (or, depending on how big a distraction you think HBO is, played a role in said rough patch.)

The Leafs followed the Boston defeat — 5-2, in which Dion Phaneuf laid the hit that got him suspended — with losses to Los Angeles and St. Louis, before blowing out Chicago 7-3 on Dec. 14.

The ‘Hawks win was followed by a pair of losses — to Pittsburgh and Florida — before Thursday night’s big 2-1 shootout victory over Phoenix.

So, all told, the Leafs are 2-5-0 since 24/7 started. Which isn’t great, and probably why Carlyle isn’t happy.

“I’ve talked about white noise and I’ve talked about distraction and this is just another one for us,” he said. “It’s hard in some ways to blame people for not paying attention to it or not being attached to it, but on the other hand, we have a job to do.”

It’s not cable: Panthers remain HBO-friendly, beat Leafs


When a team makes a breakthrough, people will occasionally say that a squad is “ready for primetime.” As it turns out, the Florida Panthers might just be too hot for basic cable.

The Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Tuesday, helping them generate a truly unusual run of great play while HBO’s cameras have been around filming 24/7. The team’s Twitter feed made the most of such successes:

Nicely done.

The Panthers are now on a four-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games, so teams should take them seriously going forward.

The mood wasn’t very jokey in the Maple Leafs locker room, as Mason Raymond and head coach Randy Carlyle told the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

“We simply got embarrassed,” Raymond said.

“We tried to play shinny against an NHL hockey club,” Carlyle said.

It will be a while before Trevor Smith can help Toronto shake out of its stupor, as Carlyle told Whyno that he broke a bone in his hand.