Portage Terriers and the MJHL were front and centre Sunday nationally, when the Roger’s Hometown Hockey was aired from the city of Portage la Prairie. (Hometown Hockey airs prior to the NHL Sunday game, which on this night featured the Vancouver Canucks visiting Winnipeg Jets.)
Roger’s Hometown Hockey host Ron McLean and co-host Tara Slone were at Island Park with hundreds of Portage fans in the background. The Terriers’ franchise was highlighted a number of times during the broadcast, including interviews with Terriers’ GM/Head Coach Blake Spiller and Jeremey Leipsic, who recently won the Mike Ridley Trophy which is awarded to the league’s top point getter.
McLean mentioned several times that the Terriers were playing rival Steinbach Pistons at the PCU Centre: A game which Portage won 4-3 in triple overtime. The series is now tied at one win apiece in their best-of-seven semi-final playoff series. (MJHL Playoff Schedule.)
“To be highlighted on a national hockey broadcast is very positive for the entire league,” Commissioner Kim Davis said. “The Terrier franchise has a very long and proud history, which was shown to millions of hockey fans across Canada. It was an excellent show and placed the Terriers in a very positive light.”