24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic
Emmy Winners A&J Music Productions of Los Angeles receive positive CBS mention for their music score in latest installment of HBO’s ’24/7′ Series:
“VIDEO: ’24/7: Road to the Winter Classic’ opens with stunning intro
By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer
December 14, 2013 11:24 PM ET
Christmas comes early for NHL fans with the arrival of HBO’s stunning documentary series “24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic.”
After losing the popular series last year to the lockout, the show hit the ground running Saturday night with a stunning intro to set the stage for the four episodes of behind-the-scenes looks at the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Opening with the scene of children playing on an outdoor rink, the intro weaves through imagery from the cities of Detroit and Toronto and cuts in with clips of both teams in action.
From start to finish, the first three minutes of the show is poetic. The kids on the pond serve as the basis for what outdoor hockey is all about and how many NHL dreams are born on sheets just like that. Narrator Liev Schreiber then delivers this memorable line about the impossible dream of making it to the NHL: “If no one believed in the impossible, there would be nothing left to dream about.”
The opening montage then weaves in imagery from the two teams’ storied histories with a really awesome soundtrack underneath. It then closes with the kids on the rink again, showing hockey in its purest form.
There really could have been no better way to set the stage for what should be a very fun series leading up to and including the Winter Classic.”
Clip from Episode 1 of the 4 part series 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. premiered Dec. 14, 2013.
HBO.com Show Synopsis:
“About the Show
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking ’24/7′ reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, again joins forces with the National Hockey League for the all-access reality series ’24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic.’ The rivalry between the two Original Six teams reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.
For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. After the premiere on Dec. 14 10:00 PM ET/PT, episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28, at the same time. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day.
With 17 Sports Emmys®, ’24/7′ is the most-honored sports series of the past six years. At the 2012 Sports Emmy® Awards, the series received the Dick Schaap Writing Award for ’24/7 Flyers/Rangers,’ the third Sports Emmy® for the ’24/7′ NHL franchise. First, launched in 2007, the earliest editions of ’24/7′ were devoted to boxing.”