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NHL, EPIX form partnership to produce two-part original series

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:04:38 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) - Hockey fans will have a closer look on how teams prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

This, after the National Hockey League and Premium TV network EPIX formed a partnership to produce and distribute a two-part original series that will feature behind-the-scene preparations by four teams squaring off in the league's two biggest events next year.

The series will take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 NHL Stadium Series.

"We are incredibly excited to be working with the National Hockey League to create this original series," said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg.

"This up close and personal programming is a perfect fit with our goal to provide entertainment that engages fans, using leading edge technology to meet the changing viewing habits of consumers, making it available wherever, whenever they are watching," he added.

"Hockey fans have a strong appetite for original and engaging content built on storytelling," said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. "EPIX has developed an impressive reputation for its high-quality original sports programming and access to its content across a multitude of platforms."

Produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the series will offer viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players' homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.

A pioneer in "TV Everywhere" multi-platform availability, EPIX's television, on-demand, and digital offerings will provide fans intimate looks at these athletes in professional and personal settings, capturing all the action, drama, heartaches, and triumphs as they unfold.

Part one of the series will premiere on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada in December, with weekly episodes following the Blackhawks and the Capitals through regular season games, culminating with the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outdoor game in Washington, D.C. on New Year's Day, January 1.

Part two of the series will premiere on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada in February 2015 with weekly episodes focused on the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Kings and their division rivals, the Sharks, as they prepare for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on February 21st.

U.S. hockey fans will be able to watch each episode streamed live for free on EPIX.com, the EPIX mobile and connected device apps, as well as on NHL.com, the NHL app, and the official websites and apps for each participating team.

In addition, fans will be able to sign up for a free trial EPIX subscription at EPIX.com to view the entire series on demand through the EPIX online and app platforms.

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