Our friends at Puck Daddy wrote yesterday the NHL and Showtime are finalizing a deal to develop an all-access, NHL playoff series. This is great news for NHL fans, or anyone that enjoys close-up, 24/7 style shows. The NHL has had many successful reality shows over the past ten years. Really, who could forget Gabby Boudreau’s potty-mouth, Torts going nuts, or Ilya Bryzgolavs “so-humongous, big” solar system. TV production crews work their magic getting players and coaches to open up. Maybe even more than they’d like, but that’s why these shows are wildly popular.
While Las Vegas gears up for the big announcement, other cities will be cheering on playoff teams, something Southern Nevada hopes to be a part of someday.
However, that’s still a few seasons down the road and the Stanley Cup playoffs are starting now. Watching this new Showtime series will help Las Vegans prepare for local playoff dreams. By watching all-access NHL programs, you catch a glimpse of the pressure coaches and players face during the season. Las Vegas fans will get a chance to see inside locker rooms, where coaches and captains let teammates have it between periods. You may even start humming postgame ritual songs. Getting up close to NHL players is exciting already, adding the postseason will make it insane. This year’s NHL playoff teams are so deep and talented, any profiled squad would be entertaining to watch.