Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Husky Hockey Contributions to HBO's 24/7

Other than the currently ongoing NHL Stanly Cup Playoffs, the biggest ticket item for the NHL is the Winter Classic. This year the Winter Classic was held in Pittsburgh featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Perhaps the biggest thing about this years Winter Classic game was not even the game itself; but, a 4-part series that HBO produced chronicling the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals leading up to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. The episodes gave viewers a close-up, behind-the-scenes look into the lives of these hockey players and into the NHL locker rooms. Husky Hockey fans will most fondly recall the episodes that included some fights from SCSU alum Matt Hendricks and SCSU alum Andrew Gordon's first NHL goal (on Martin Brodeur nonetheless). However, there was a third SCSU alum that needs to be recognized for his work in this groundbreaking series and that is Mike Oliver who served not as on "on-air" talent, but as one of HBO's producers. Below are a couple of video interviews between Husky alums Matt Hendricks, Mike Oliver, and Mike Doyle.

SCSU alum Matt Hendricks during HBO 24/7 interview
SCSU alum Andrew Gordon scoring his 1st NHL goal during HBO 24/7

Congratulations to each of these Husky alums in making HBO's Pens-Caps 24/7 series such a huge success and for making St. Cloud State proud!

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