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by Paul on 09/18/13 at 05:23 PM ET
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at Canada.com,
The Leafs are used to the bright lights and attention that come with playing in Canada's biggest NHL market, but this was something different as HBO's "24/7" was making its first appearance at the team's practice facility, more than three months before the Winter Classic. It was a one-day cameo and a taste of what players and coaches will encounter once daily shooting gets underway in December for the league's annual behind-the-scenes series.
"This is just a precursor to what's coming," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We've had our preliminary discussions about how we're going to deal with it and what we're going to do. In reality, we're not going to see them again, probably, till Dec. 1."
Carlyle doesn't think it'll be a major change for his players, given the attention they already get in Toronto.
"They're going to have to live like I live, having you guys in my face all the time," Carlyle said, surrounded by the usual throng of reporters that greet him after every practice. "Obviously it's a challenge to get used to it, but I don't think it's anything that's that drastic. I think it's something that we've committed to, we're part of the NHL and we're participating. We'll have to deal with it and move forward."
added 6:30pm, Michael Traikos of the National Post on the same subject,
Nazem Kadri could not help but laugh. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward had just been asked if HBO’s obtrusive “24/7” documentary series, which on Wednesday began chronicling the days leading up to the Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoor game against the Detroit Red Wings, was something that the players would have to get used to.
With five cameras and about a dozen reporters in his face, it seemed like a silly question.
“Doubtful,” said Kadri. “You guys are around all the time, so we’ve gotten pretty used to it. I don’t think anyone is going to be pretty distracted by it.”
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