Fans flock to meet Punjabi voices of Hockey Night

Published: January 28, 2014

The men behind the mics were in Langley on the weekend

fans-flock-to-punjabi-hockey-nights

Hockey Night In Canada (HNIC) Punjabi colour commentators Inderpreet Cumo (left) and Bhola Singh Chauhan flanked their colleague Harnarayan Singh, who provides the play-by-play analysis for HNIC Punjabi. The three TV personalities visited Preston GM on the Langley Bypass Sunday afternoon to meet fans and sign autographs. Troy Landreville

TROY LANDERVILLE
LANGLEY ADVANCE

Hockey isn’t just a North American and European sport – it’s truly global.

And in a nation such as Canada which embraces multiculturalism, it appeals to a cornucopia of ethnic groups.

To whit: the growing popularity of CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada (HNIC) Punjabi and its hosts, play-by-play announcer Harnarayan Singh and colour commentators Bhola Singh Chauhan and Inderpreet Cumo.

During the National Hockey League season, they call Saturday night doubleheaders involving the Canadian teams, and during the post-season, they follow one series per round all the way to the Stanley Cup final, Singh explained.

The trio was at Preston GM on the Langley Bypass on Sunday afternoon. For more than three hours, they sat behind the HNIC desk, signing autographs and visiting with their legion of fans.

The 29-year-old Singh is in his seventh season calling games with CBC’s HNIC Punjabi and brings a familiar voice to Canada’s South Asian community every Saturday night.

As a visible minority youngster growing up in Southern Alberta, Singh was able to use his love of hockey to connect with other classmates, he told the Langley Advance.

“It really broke the ice with them,” he said. “When I reflect back on it, I became very obsessive-compulsive with the game of hockey.”

Outside of his duties with CBC, Singh enjoys playing tabla and harmonium, which he has performed across Canada, the U.S., and India.

Cumo, 32, brings a vast knowledge of hockey to his role with CBC and counts calling the 2012 Stanley Cup final alongside Singh and Chauhan as the highlight of his career, to date.

“I just love the game,” Cumo said. “Growing up in Canada that’s what you always see, what you always talk about. It’s such a great game, and… with us [broadcasting games] in Punjabi, it just opens up the borders that much more. The game’s that great, that it should be that open for all cultures and all languages.”

Chauhan, 47, is not only an analyst, he co-hosts the weekly HNIC Punjabi podcast.

He also provides play-by-play and analysis for Canadian kabaddi tournament matches, hosts various Punjabi radio shows, and writes for numerous Punjabi newspapers around the world.

He said hockey continues to gain popularity amongst Indo-Canadians.

“We are in our seventh season and it’s growing year in and year out,” he said. “So it’s growing very fast.”

While fans are found across the country, the most popular teams amongst Indo-Canadians are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, in Singh’s opinion.

“Just based on demographics and the population of the South Asian communities, there,” he said.

Asked what teams they lean towards, the three weren’t biting. They remain neutral.

“Growing up we all did [have our favourite teams] but of course now we’re totally unbiased,” Singh said. “The Canadian teams are all who we’d like to see, be successful.”

“It’s fun calling all Canadian [teams’] games, especially with the success that the Canadian markets are having,” Cumo added.

All three believe their job continues to be a learning process.

“For all of us, the terminology we’re using, how comfortable we are… it’s been a lot of fun and I really see that all of us are gradually improving a lot,” Singh said.

Read more at the Langley Advance

Tags: , , , ,





Featured

Surrey

Surrey RCMP continue hunt for hit-and-run driver who struck a Sikh temple volunteer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY —  Surrey Mounties are still looking for the driver who ran down a Sikh temple volunteer in Newton last fall….
Continue Reading »

Merritt music festival

Headdresses banned from Merritt music festival out of respect to First Nations

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI An electronic music festival this B.C. Day long weekend in Merritt has banned native headdresses from its campgrounds. “Bass Coast Festival…
Continue Reading »

luxury brand market Vancouver

Asian tourists important for Vancouver’s high-end luxury retailers

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI If you ever wandered by a high-end luxury retail outlet like Burberry or Tiffany’s and wondered who could afford thousands of…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Surrey

Surrey RCMP continue hunt for hit-and-run driver who struck a Sikh temple volunteer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY —  Surrey Mounties are still looking for the driver who ran down a Sikh temple volunteer in Newton last fall….
Continue Reading »

Merritt music festival

Headdresses banned from Merritt music festival out of respect to First Nations

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI An electronic music festival this B.C. Day long weekend in Merritt has banned native headdresses from its campgrounds. “Bass Coast Festival…
Continue Reading »

luxury brand market Vancouver

Asian tourists important for Vancouver’s high-end luxury retailers

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI If you ever wandered by a high-end luxury retail outlet like Burberry or Tiffany’s and wondered who could afford thousands of…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

india flag2

Sporting fans disappointed as Indian flag depicted upside down in Commonwealth Games promotional video

VANCOUVER DESI India is already making headlines as the Commonwealth Games officially kick off in Glasgow – but not for sporting-related reasons. In an official…
Continue Reading »

INDIA_RAPE_PROTEST_217126232

Angry villagers mob alleged suspects after another girl found hanging from tree in India

KOUSHIK DUTTA HINDUSTAN TIMES A 7-year-old girl was found raped, murdered and hanging from a tree in West Bengal on Thursday, resurfacing horrific memories from…
Continue Reading »

525020624_213567324

Indian baby whose head swelled to three times its size smiling and laughing a year later (w/ photos)

VANCOUVER DESI A three-year-old girl in New Delhi who was given little chance of survival after her head swelled to three times its normal size…
Continue Reading »

An Indian private tutor was caught on CCTV camera brutally beating a child. YouTube screenshot

Private tutor who mercilessly beat child finally arrested in Kolkata

IANS Kolkata  – Private tutor Pooja Singh, who was caught on video brutally thrashing a three-and-a-half-year-old child in Kolkata, was finally arrested Friday, police said….
Continue Reading »

child abuse

Indian kidnappers agree to handover boy to parents on condition of swapping him for his sister

CEN AGENCY In a bizarre demand, parents of an Indian boy who has been kidnapped, were told that they could have youngster back if they…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Mahesh Bhatt

Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt fasts during Ramadan as a tribute to his mother

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Mumbai – Mahesh Bhatt observes fasts during Ramadan as a tribute to his late mother and says on Eid he looks…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood Bigg Boss

Salman Khan’s charitable organization to help 100 kids with heart condition

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has announced that his Being Human (BH) charitable organization will help “100 genuine patients” suffering from heart condition…
Continue Reading »

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor: “Bajrangi Baijaan” has nothing to do with my personal life

IANS Mumbai – Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan’s next “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is about a Brahmin girl and Muslim boy, but the former says that it…
Continue Reading »