Hometown Hockey: 25 hockey terms translated into Plains Cree

Check out the tease for Rogers Hometown Hockey featuring the Enoch Cree Nation

Sportsnet and APTN are partnering to produce the first-ever NHL game in Plains Cree when the Montreal Canadiens meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Rogers Hometown Hockey from Enoch Cree Nation at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

The landmark simulcast featuring exclusive Cree-language commentary and analysis will air on APTN – the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world. Clarence Iron will provide the play-by-play call for APTN, while Juno Award-winning musician Earl Wood will host the broadcast’s studio show alongside NHL alumni and game analyst John Chabot.

Ahead of the historic broadcast, here is a list featuring 25 of the most commonly-used hockey terms translated into Plains Cree:

Hockey – soskwatahikewin, soniskwatahikewin, e-soskwatahikehk

Arena; rink – soniskwatahikewikamik

Assist – e-isi-wepahamawat, e-isi-wepitahamawat, e-isi-wepahamakehk

Boards – asicayihk

Bodycheck – pakamiskawaw, pakamiskatowak

Breakaway – peyakwapoyow, pihkwapoyow, piskwapoyow

Centre – tawayihk, tawayihk ka-metawet, otawi-metawew

Defencemen – naway ka-metawecik, otahk ka-metawecik, otaskanahk ka-metawecik, okanawikapawiwak

Faceoff – napakiwanis

Forechecking – kakwe-maskacihew, e-maskamat

Forward – onikanapoyow, onikanohtew

Hat trick – nisto c-pihtokwahat, nistwaw pihtokwahew, nistwaw pihtokwewepahwew

He shoots – kociw

He scores – osihew, pihtokwahew

Icing – misakame-wepahwew akami-tipahikan

Neutral zone – tawi-tipahikanihk, tawisihkwahk

Offside – e-osami-nikanapoyot, akami-tipahikanihk

Penalty – kipahwaw, misihow/misihowin

Penalty box – kipahocowikamikos

Penalty shot – misihowin ohci e-miyiht ta-peyakwapoyot, misihowinihk ohci e-peyakwapoyot

Puck – atihkwasiniy, napakiwanis, mecawakanis, papamiwepahikanis, ka-kaskicesisit

Pulling the goalie – ocipitewak

Short-handed – e-nohtepayihocik

Slapshot – sohki-pakamiwepahwew

Wrist shot – micihciy aniskekan e-ohci-kitahaskwet


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