The telecast of the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes game on March 24 will make history.
Sportsnet and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network are partnering together to broadcast a National Hockey League game in a First Nations language for the first time. (First Nations denotes Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are not Inuit or Métis, and the Cree Nation is one of the largest.)
There are eight First Nations players currently in the league according to Native Hockey’s website (including the Capitals’ TJ Oshie, who is from the Ojibwe Nation) and two of them will likely be playing in the matchup. Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price, from Anahim Lake, is the son of Lynda Price, the former chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation.
The Carolina Hurricanes are the only NHL team with a Cree player: Micheal Ferland. The 26-year-old forward from Swan River, Manitoba will be playing in an NHL game broadcast in his Nation’s language for the first time. He is currently out with an upper-body injury but has returned to practice and could be back in the lineup on Friday.