The NHL, along with HBO, has decided to bring back one of the most exciting and foul-mouthed shows on television, aside from Eastbound & Down of course.
In the third season the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the focus of HBO's 24/7, a four episode television series that has captivated audiences with it's incredibly raw and gritty portrayal of two NHL teams.
The Red Wings would be considered among NHL fans as one of the nicer teams in the league, which might make them an unlikely candidate for a spot on a television series best known for its terrible language and bad behavior.
In fact, Detroit will be led by Nicklas Lidstrom — a 12-time All-Star and seven-time Norris Trophy winner — who hasn't had a fight in his career, along with superstar Pavel Datsyuk, a four-time Lady Byng winner (the player who demonstrates the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct) who has but one fighting major in his career.
Don't let the nice guy act fool you, though, the Red Wings are a perennial favorite for a deep playoff run. Which, as a matter of fact, is almost the complete opposite of their television counterpart, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs have failed to make the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, as they made their last playoff appearance prior to the 2004 NHL Lockout.
This season will mark the first time that a Canadian-based team will participate in the Winter Classic as well as HBO's 24/7, which is why the NHL and HBO have brought on a Canadian broadcasting partner to present the show to the new audience.
"We're going to have another partner to announce, who will take the series in Canada," said NHL's chief operating officer John Collins to Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy. "I think this is one of the benefits of having Toronto in the game. They're paying attention to this in ways that, frankly, they haven't previously in the market up there."
While the third season of 24/7 was never set in stone, it looks as if HBO is on the right track. We can only hope that they can outdo themselves and give the fans what they want, more swearing.