The Hockey Night In Canada: Punjabi team wrote a heartfelt letter to the city of Pittsburgh on Thursday, thanking its people for their “warmth and hospitality.”
The broadcast team was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Stanley Cup parade where Harnarayan Singh re-enacted his viral “Bonino Bonino Bonino!” goal call.
Singh, along with Bhupinder Hundal, Harpreet Pandher and Randip Janda said the reception and embrace of their play-by-play was “an example of a shared experience that brought everyone together, regardless of race, religion, language, or background.
“The truth is, members of our community living in the United States have faced very difficult challenges due to their identity. Our visit was the polar opposite of the experience many have had, and this has filled much of the community with hope and optimism. This is why our visit to Pittsburgh is so emotional for us, and why all of you deserve our sincerest thanks.”
The broadcast team, which is based in Vancouver, said they hope that their experience can help inspire others to learn more about each other, before ending the letter by saying, “We may live in Canada, but we are now Pittsburghers!”
The letter can be read in full here.