The hard knocks of hockey are getting reality show treatment.
The rival Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will star in an HBO series centered around their showdown in the Winter Classic. The network and the NHL announced Thursday that four hour-long episodes of HBO's "24/7" franchise will air before and after the Jan. 1 game at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.
"I've got to believe there's going to be some sort of distraction where they'll probably be given access to places we normally are pretty private about," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But, listen, it's for the growth of the game, and it's not too often that hockey is going to be featured on HBO. ... Anything that makes hockey grow is great by me."