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by George Malik on 01/16/12 at 02:21 PM ET
Updated with a quote from Lidstrom regarding cameras following him at 12:51 PM: Via the NHL and Paul, this is great news to wake up to:
NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2012) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and NHL Original Productions today announced Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom as the next NHL player to be profiled in the all-access series NHL 36. The Red Wings icon, who has spent his entire career with the Detroit organization, is revered by teammates and management for his consistency, his preparation and his leadership.
NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Red Wings’ captain today and will follow him for 36 straight hours as Lidstrom prepares for and leads his team in back-to-back games: against the Buffalo Sabres at home tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG-B, FS-D), followed by a trip to Dallas to take on the Stars tomorrow (8:30 p.m. ET, FS-D,FS-SW). Viewers will follow along as the seven-time Norris Trophy winner travels to and from the rink, takes part in team meetings and enjoys downtime in between.
NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom will air Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings’ game in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand J. Smith.
NHL 36: Lidstrom will re-air on the NBC Sports Network multiple times including Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Friday, Jan. 27 at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5:00 p.m. All times are ET.
Update: Here’s what Lidstrom had to say about the cameras following him to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
Lidstrom said the show’s crew began filming him Monday working out on an exercise bike, stretching, and meeting with his teammates.
“It’s different — it’s different having someone follow you the whole time, whatever you do,” Lidstrom said. “It’s just a matter of getting used to it.”
A cameraman, however, stuck to his job and didn’t try any participatory journalism.
“No, he wouldn’t,” Lidstrom said, smiling, when asked if he made the cameraman ride a bike next to him. “There were a lot of bikes available, but he wouldn’t jump on one.”
Lidstrom isn’t sure what the final on-air product will look like, and hasn’t seen the two previous “NHL 36” episodes profiling players. But he was persuaded by the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) and teammates that the show will benefit him, the Red Wings organization and the league.
“I had to think about it for a little bit, get the details about what the (NHL) expects, what they are looking for,” he said. “But the team encouraged me, the NHLPA did as well. I think it’s good for hockey.”
Update 1.5: Here’s a bit more from Lidstrom from the Free Press’s Mike Brudenell:
A camera crew from NHL Original Productions trailed the defenseman at today’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena, in advance of the Wings’ game against Buffalo Sabres tonight (7:30, FSD). The Wings would set a franchise record of 15 consecutive home wins if they beat the Sabres.
The cameras will follow just about Lidstrom’s every move for the next 36 hours. The Wings play at Dallas on Tuesday night. Viewers will get an up-close look at Lidstrom at the rink, at home with his family and at team meetings.
The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by “NHL Live” at 7 p.m. and the Wings’ game at the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.
Said Lidstrom after practice this morning: “I thought it was a neat thing to do ... and I think it is good for hockey for us to get out there (in public) a little more, too.”
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