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Sportsnet and Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrate hockey and Indigenous culture

Sportsnet and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network will partner to broadcast the first ever national NHL game in the Plains Cree language!

Rogers is committed to making a difference for the diverse communities and customers they serve. And, together with Sportsnet, they’ve set to partner with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) this weekend to broadcast the first-ever national NHL game in the Plains Cree language! This Sunday, March 24, hockey fans will have the chance be a part of history as APTN airs Sportsnet’s live coverage of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes match-up with Cree-language play-by-play, analysis and intermissions.

Sunday’s historic broadcast will also fittingly complement this weekend’s Rogers Hometown Hockey stop in Enoch Cree Nation, AB – the first Indigenous community to host the ultimate hockey festival.

Prior to puck-drop, Sportsnet and Rogers Hometown Hockey will tee-up the milestone broadcast with United by Sport: A Celebration of Hockey & Indigenous Culture. The 30-minute, in-depth discussion will feature Indigenous community leaders and influencers online and across social media.

Here are the full broadcast details:

  • 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT – United by Sport: A Celebration of Hockey & Indigenous Culture (, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube)
    • An in-depth discussion with:
      • Chief Stacy Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
      • Nicole McCormick, Assignment Manager at CityNews and Breakfast Television, member of the Six Nations of the Six Nations of the Grand River and member of the Rogers Indigenous Peoples Committee.
  • 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PTRogers Hometown Hockey Pre-Game show, live from Enoch Cree Nation, AB (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)
    • Hosted by Ron MacLean & Tara Slone
  • 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PTMontreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes (APTN & Sportsnet)
    • APTN broadcast (Plains Cree) – Play-by-play: Clarence Iron; Game analyst: John Chabot; Host: Earl Wood
    • Sportsnet broadcast (English) – Play-by-play: RJ Broadhead; Game analyst: Jason York; Reporter: Shawn McKenzie

Fans can follow all the action on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube and share using #HometownHockey and #UnitedBySport.