Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/26/13 at 09:25 AM ET
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens launched 24 CH with a promise to give viewers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the team, and the show has delivered.
Based on the popular HBO 24/7 series that focuses on teams preparing for the annual Winter Classic, 24 CH could have been another bland attempt by an organization to control the message with breezy features and cherry personality pieces.
But the season debut set the tone for this season when the cameras followed Louis Leblanc into general manager Marc Bergevin’s office, where the former first-round draft choice was told he was being assigned to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs....
It was a riveting scene, the kind of conversation that is usually kept behind closed doors. I don’t imagine Leblanc was pleased at being pilloried in a public forum, but it provided fans with an insight as to why the player who received a standing ovation at the Bell Centre when he was drafted 18th overall in 2009 is now spinning his wheels in the minors....
There was another candid look behind closed doors in a recent episode of 24 CH, and this one involved the interaction between head coach Michel Therrien and defenceman P.K. Subban between periods of a game.
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