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Stanley Cup Hockey Is Even Better in Punjabi

The CBC is broadcasting Stanley Cup games in Punjabi.


Everyone knows Canadians are wild about hockey. And the sport is apparently growing in popularity among Canada’s estimated 1.1 million Punjabi speakers.

Below is a video, broadcast in exuberant Punjabi, of Pittsburgh Penguin Nick Bonino scoring the game-winning goal against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. It’s from the Punjabi broadcast of the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Punjabi is the third most common language spoken in Canada, behind English and French. Most of its speakers are Sikhs, who practice a religion that grew from the Punjab region straddling northwestern India and Pakistan. Sikhs began to settle in Canada in the late 19th century.

Photo credit: BRUCE BENNETT/Getty Images

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