The NBC Sports Group, National Hockey League (NHL) and NHL Original Productions today announced the return of the popular all-access series NHL 36. The episode, which will for the first time train its cameras upon an entire team, the Chicago Blackhawks, will premiere Tuesday, May 7, immediately following the live broadcast of Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Minnesota Wild and Blackhawks on NBC Sports Network (8:30 p.m. CT). NHL 36: Chicago Blackhawks will re-air on NHL Network, Sunday, May 12, at 5 p.m. CT.
Part of the acclaimed 36 Series on NBC Sports Network, NHL 36: Chicago Blackhawks will provide an all-access pass to the club that began the 2012-13 regular season with a historic 24-game point streak and went on to capture the Central Division title and Presidents' Trophy. The Blackhawks are currently making their fifth consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, matching up against the Wild in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes peek into the League, NHL Original Productions began following the Blackhawks on April 19 and stayed with the team through 36 hours as some of the NHL's biggest stars including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp played back-to-back home games against the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes.
From the coaching staff to chairman of the board, players and team personnel, all members of the Blackhawks' family were fair game for the NHL 36 cameras. In this episode, the cameras captured head coach Joel Quenneville at home with his family discussing the possibility of missing his daughter's graduation due to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the grueling schedule of an equipment manager, the players' lighter side and chairman of the board Rocky Wirtz¹s unique relationship with the fans.
"NHL 36 is about storytelling. It is about taking fans behind the scenes, bringing them closer to the game and allowing them to witness parts of it they wouldn¹t have seen otherwise," said Bob Chesterman, NHL Vice President of Programming. "The stories that unfold in front of our cameras have universal appeal."
"Compelling, story-driven programming is a staple of our network and the 36 Series," said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "The Blackhawks incredible season and the players on this year's team, make for a very exciting NHL 36 episode."
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