NHL Hockey Games Broadcast in Cree

In 2020, Clarence Iron, Earl Wood, and John Chabot debuted calling for the NHL in Nêhiyawêwin (ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ; the Plains Cree language) during a Montreal Canadiens versus Carolina Hurricanes game. Building on their coverage beginning in 2019 of Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree, APTN now hosts HNIC in Cree every Saturday night with announcer Clarence Iron calling alongside host Earl Wood and analysts John Chabot and Jason Chamakese. Although broadcasts in Nêhiyawêwin were postponed during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season, a large push for them to return ensured the return of consistent, weekly Plains Cree hockey coverage. The team behind Cree broadcasting is also working to translate hockey terms into the language, such as “slapshot” (ᓱᐦᑭᐸᑲᒥᐍᐸᐦᐍᐤ sohki-pakamiwepahwew), “faceoff” (ᓇᐸᑭᐘᓂᐢ napakiwanis), and “rink” (ᓱᓂᐢᑿᑕᐦᐃᑫᐏᑲᒥᐠ soniskwatahikewikamik).

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