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Hockey show Hit the Ice Season 7 starts on APTN June 12 with all-female Indigenous players

From a media release:

The youth hockey series Hit The Ice will be returning to APTN for its seventh season! The 13-episode series, features female Indigenous hockey hopefuls, from communities across the country, as they and their team are put through the paces of a real NHL style training camp by a top professional coach, with one important difference: All the players are female, and led by Sochi Gold Medal winning coach Lisa Haley. The first episode airs on APTN East, HD and West feed on June 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Repeats air on June 15, 2019 East, West, and North feed at 11:00 am, and on June 16th East, West and North feed at 10:00 am. Complete broadcasting schedule details for Season 7 can be found on our website: www.hittheice.tv. Hit The Ice is also broadcasted in Cree and this schedule is also available online: www.hittheice.tv/index.php?g_int_AppLanguageId=2

Hit The Ice Season 7 recruited Canada’s most talented young Indigenous female hockey players and invited them to participate in a 2-week training camp that was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to get recruited by various University teams from Canada and the US. The selected team experienced high level coaching and off-Ice preparations where lifelong friendships were made. This experience also allowed the girls to meet members of Team Canada. The two week long journey culminated with participation inthe Boston Beantown Classic in Boston, MA, the equivalent of a high level hockey showcase.

An elite coaching staff was formed and the team was lead by none other than current Ryerson Head Coach and Canadian Olympian Lisa Haley. Serving as assistant coaches were Canadian Olympian Brigette Lacquette, Margaret “MJ” Jennings and goalie coach Jenesica Drinkwater as the Goalie Coach. Off-Ice training was overseen by Aaron Paibomsai.

During the 2015-16 season, Lisa Haley served as the head coach for the Canada Women’s National Under-18 Team, capturing a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s Worlds. Prior to the appointment, she captured gold as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2015 Nations Cup. She is currently the head coach of the Ryerson Rams women ice hockey program, which competes in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The complete details with regards to the seventh season of the Hit The Ice TV show are available at www.hittheice.tv. On the site there are extra clips to get into the heads of season 7’s players and discover their fears, opinions, tips and tricks, and their funniest moments on the show!

Over the years, Hit The Ice has demonstrated its positive impact on young Indigenous hockey players with many of them now playing in some of the top Junior leagues in the continent. Recently, Brady Keeper, a Hit The Ice Alumni suited for his first NHL game this year with the Florida Panthers. Hit The Ice is produced by Nish Media, a multi-award-winning production company based in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The past seasons of this series have been nominated in prestigious television festivals such as the Banff World Media Festival and by the FICTS in Italy.

About Nish Media
The series is produced by Nish Media, a multi-award-winning production company based in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Over the past ten years, producer Jason Brennan has produced over 200 hours of television for various networks such as APTN, CBC, Radio-Canada, Ici ArtV, Canal D, TV5 and CBC Docs, including Mouki, Wapikoni, La Fosse aux tigres and six seasons of Hit The Ice. Its first feature film, Le Dep, was selected to play in several film festivals including the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, the Vancouver Film Festival, the Raindance Film Festival, ImagineNative and the American Indian Film Festival. Nish Media is currently adapting Marc Séguin’s novel Nord Alice for film, and is currenty awaiting the release of its second feature “Rustic Oracle” in late 2019.