One of the best recent developments in the coverage of hockey is the rise of all-access shows like HBO's 24/7 and NHL Revealed that take viewers inside the dressing rooms and on the benches. As we wrote in March 2012 , those shows have spread to college hockey as well, with more and more NCAA programs embracing the concept.
These shows give fans a closer look at their favorite teams and show potential players a side of each program that they might not otherwise see. Many offer cinematography that is second-to-none, and wireless mics let you hear all of the action.
We're fans of any and all of these programs, but here are five - in no particular order - that have stood out to us lately:
North Dakota: Through These Doors
The pioneer among NCAA all-access shows, Through These Doors appears weekly on undsports.com .
This episode: See a day in the life of senior captain Dillon Simpson as he and UND take on Northern Michigan.
Best scene: The team chatter at breakfast, particularly over the Canadians vs. Americans game earlier in the week.
Boston University: The Season
Now on its third episode, The Season has provided a great look at David Quinn's first year behind the Terrier bench.
This episode: Follow BU to Madison Square Garden for Red Hot Hockey vs. Cornell.
Best scene: The Terriers lead a clinic in Harlem and they seem to enjoy it as much or more than the kids.
Michigan State: Spartan Hockey All-Access
All-Access has introduced viewers to every corner of the Michigan State program.
This episode: Follow coaches, players and staff as they prepare for and play against Penn State in a home series.
Best scene: Head coach Tom Anastos and freshman Villiam Haag debate hanging a Swedish flag at Munn Ice Arena.
Western Michigan: Skating with the Broncos
In just the first of three parts, Skating with the Broncos promises a great look at WMU's Great Lakes Invitational title.
This episode: The Broncos travel to Detroit and get their first look at Comerica Park.
Best scene: Shane Berschbach wears a mic and a GoPro camera for practice the day before the tournament.
Minnesota: Pride on Ice
Now on the second episode, the best may be yet to come with the recap of the outdoor Hockey City Classic coming up.
This episode: The Gophers start the season strong and earn the No. 1 national ranking.
Best scene: Assistant coach Mike Guentzel offers coaching tips - and plenty of other commentary - while mic'd up in practice.
Worth noting: Penn State (Hockey Valley, BTN) and Notre Dame (Shipping Up to Boston, NBCSN) have also produced outstanding behind-the-scenes programming that has been shown on broadcast TV.
What all-access shows is our list missing? Let us know on twitter @collegehockey .