The National Hockey League announced the return of their docuseries Quest For The Stanley Cup, which offers hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the current eight teams who are vying to get to the Stanley Cup finals. The seven-episode series premieres on Friday, May 4, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. and on YouTube.com/NHL in Canada.
Throughout the series fans will get to know the players as they play and prepare by showing scenes both on the ice and in the dressing room. It is as close to full access as possible short of being one of the actual players. Quest For The Stanley Cup is just one of the current programming endeavors being created throughout the Playoffs with a new episode available every Friday afternoon on ESPN+ in the U.S. and every Friday evening on YouTube.com/NHL for Canadian fans.
Episode one offers a tour of Las Vegas by forward James Neal who also shares the unique connection the Vegas Golden Knights have made with their community, turning it into a definite hockey town. Tampa Bay Lightning’s owner Jeff Vinik will be seen meeting with his passionate season ticket holders before the first game in Tampa against the Boston Bruins. And Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen offers viewers a look at his home with fiancé Madison Bell. For on-ice extras, the episode includes exclusive mic’d up players in on-the-ice action from each of the series in Round Two: Golden Knights–San Jose Sharks, Lightning–Bruins, Washington Capitals–Pittsburgh Penguins and Predators–Winnipeg Jets.
“Quest For The Stanley Cup shows how important the postseason is for players, coaches and their families,” said NHL Chief Content Office and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer. “This year, by starting with Round Two of the Playoffs, we’re bringing fans into more locker rooms, arenas and homes while capturing the growing intensity for the players and coaches on the ice. This series continues to break new ground in access and storytelling.”
“Adding further to a great lineup of programming for hockey fans by taking them further inside the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an acclaimed docuseries is an example of what fans can expect from ESPN+. It’s more sports, more games, more shows and more access,” stated Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming, ESPN.
However, Quest For The Stanley Cup isn’t all that ESPN+ is offering to NHL fans. They can also access, via ESPN+ on demand, replays of every NHL® game. The games will be available via ESPN+ on demand after their live airing and will remain available throughout the Playoffs. ESPN+ is also the place to go for In the Crease, a nightly hockey show hosted by ESPN’s Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose. Each episode will include highlights and analysis of the games, as well as interviews with players, coaches, journalists and more from around the league and will air after each game and will also be available on demand.