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Can you say Bonino 10 times fast? That's exactly what Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play broadcaster Harnarayan Singh did last night after Penguins center Nick Bonino scored the winning goal in Game 1, giving the Penguins a 3-2 victory.
Singh, a 31-year-old broadcaster in his ninth season broadcasting NHL games, provides the flair and emotional reactions reminiscent of a European soccer broadcaster, while doing so for Hockey Night in Canada's Punjabi edition, a rarity in the world of hockey that's dominated by English and French broadcasts.
When he began working for Hockey Night in Candada, Singh was in charge of arranging and paying for his own travel, forcing him to "beg the maintenance staff to turn off the noisy floor waxers, sleep on a bench, and head to the gate when security opened at 4 a.m.," according to Maclean's.
The son of Indian immigrants, Singh has connected to the Sikh Canadian community as he did with his call of Bonino's game-winning goal Monday night: "Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino! Nick...Bonin-ooooooooooo!"
The call was impressive, but imagine if Tom Kuhnhackl had scored the winning goal Monday night.