To hockey fans, New Year's Day felt a little incomplete. For the first time since 2008, there was no Winter Classic. The most recent lockout saw a temporary cancellation to one of hockey's biggest attractions, one that now dominates sports on New Year's Day.
And with the Winter Classic comes HBO's 24/7 documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at the two teams playing in the Winter Classic five weeks before the actual game. The series debuted for the Penguins/Capitals Winter Classic, and continued for the Flyers/Rangers tilt. It became an instant hit, showing a behind-the-scenes look to games fans watched not even a week earlier. The finale culminates with the Winter Classic, and lets fans relive the game from a different viewpoint.
So with the lockout, not only is there no Winter Classic, but there is no 24/7 series. But, just for this year, there could be an alternative series. These are the three alternatives that I believe could be just as exciting as the Road to the Winter Classic is, and maybe even better.