The lockout postponed the 2013 Winter Classic until 2014, which also meant that hockey fans lost out on what’s become an annual eavesdropping treat: HBO’s 24/7 series.
It’s quite possible that the special will return for the 2013-14 season, but for the time being, observers will need to settle for briefer fly-on-the-wall moments, like this inside look at Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville’s speech before Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final:
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There was also footage of Boston Bruins bench boss Claude Julien briefing his guys, as you can see:
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Neither one would inspire a rousing speech in a sports movie, but considering their results, it’s hard to complain.