Cree-Language NHL Broadcasts Return to Sportsnet in January 2022

Sportsnet and APTN are returning to Canadian screens with Cree-language NHL coverage on January 15, 2022, featuring all seven Canadian NHL teams in a six-game national broadcast series.

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The return builds on the historic debut of Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree in 2019. From January 15 to April 23, the series will see APTN leverage Sportsnet’s NHL production to deliver exclusive Cree-language commentary and analysis to hockey fans and communities across the country.

Clarence Iron, John Chabot, Earl Wood, and Jason Chamakese will also return as APTN’s NHL broadcast team.

“Language is one of the strongest threads that connects people to their culture, and we are proud and thrilled to once again offer NHL games in Plains Cree to Canadians across the country,” said Mike Omelus, Executive Director of Content and Strategy, APTN, in a statement.

“In Canada, our shared passion for sport creates a strong and resilient bond that unites diverse communities coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Rob Corte, Vice President, Sportsnet & NHL Productions. “At Sportsnet, we have the responsibility to tell these national stories and explore the intersections between sport and culture. We look forward to reuniting with APTN to shine the national spotlight on these stories and celebrate Canada’s Indigenous communities through the power of sport.”

The 2022 Hockey Night in Canada: Cree Edition broadcast schedule on APTN is as follows:

  • Saturday, Jan. 15 – Ottawa @ Winnipeg, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, Jan. 29 – Hockey Day in Canada: Edmonton @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, March 5 – Vancouver @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, March 26 – Edmonton @ Calgary, 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, April 9 – Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, April 23 – Toronto @ Florida, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT