OMNI Television To Offer NHL In 22 Languages This Season Including Punjabi Hockey Night In Canada

Omni-Television.svgPicking up where the CBC left off, OMNI Television will produce Hockey Night In Canada in Punjabi every Saturday night this season beginning October 11 with a doubleheader each week. Presumably, the early game will feature the Leafs and the late game featuring the Canucks and other Canadian NHL teams being broadcast if either of those teams aren’t in action.

In addition to the weekly games, OMNI will produce multilingual NHL content in 22 languages with a weekly Your Hockey segment and Hockey 101. Your Hockey will be a weekly segment in Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Italian that will screen during their respective national news broadcast beginning the week of September 29 and will include topics such as grassroots hockey, the ins-and-outs of minor hockey and profiles of hockey-related personalities in their community.

Hockey 101 will help new Canadians understand the basics of hockey including the rules of the game. It will premier in eight languages: English, French, Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, Portuguese and Tagalog. Episodes will premier the week of September 29 on OMNI Television and online at OMNI.tv. An additional 14 languages — Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese — will be added to on-air and online broadcasts in the coming weeks.

OMNI Television has stations in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

2 thoughts on “OMNI Television To Offer NHL In 22 Languages This Season Including Punjabi Hockey Night In Canada

  1. I don’t know how I didn’t see this coming. OMNI getting a piece of the action and using its multicultural setup to bring in new fans is a great idea.

  2. Agreed. Wish we had something like that here south of the border in our own multicultural society. In this case a multilingual TV channel that can also produce some sports in various languages. But OMNI TV is part of Rogers, right? So this does apply under its NHL deal.

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