APTN strikes three-year deal with Rogers to air NHL games in Plains Cree

The APTN Plains Cree broadcast team on Mar. 24 (l-r) NHL alum and studio analyst John Chabot, studio host Clarence Iron, guest panelist Jason Chamakese, and play-by-play announcer Earl Wood.

APTN and Rogers have struck a three-year deal that will see the Indigenous broadcast network air NHL games in Plains Cree.

Six games will air this season, starting with the Jan. 19 meetup between the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks. APTN, which is based in Winnipeg, will also broadcast the Jets/Blackhawks Feb. 9 game, according to a post on the broadcaster’s website.

Sportsnet and APTN made Canadian broadcast history this past March when they teamed up on the the first Cree-language NHL broadcast.

Coinciding with the Rogers Hometown Hockey stop in Enoch Cree Nation, AB, the broadcast of the Mar. 24 Montreal Canadiens/Carolina Hurricanes game featured Saskatchewan broadcaster Clarence Iron on play-by-play, NHL alum John Chabot as game analyst, and Juno Award-winning musician Earl Wood as studio host.

A spokesperson for Rogers Media told Broadcast Dialogue in an email that more details will be shared next week.

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