National Hockey League broadcasts in Cree are back in the New Year

By Adam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After making its debut in 2019 as part of the Sunday night Hometown Hockey broadcasts, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network(APTN) will broadcast six Saturday games in the Plains Cree language this season. Hockey Night in Canada in Cree is beginning with a match-up of the Winnipeg Jets against the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 15. “I think mainstream media is a wonderful catalyst vehicle for us to have an opportunity to gain a collective Indigenous perspective about who we are,’’ said Earl Wood, who will host the broadcast. Sportsnet will provide the graphics package and production of the broadcast, while APTN will handle commentary and analysis. Wood, who is from Saddle Lake, Alta, will be joined by play-by-play broadcaster Clarence Iron and analysts John Chabot…

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