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TV series gives Canadian Aboriginal youth a shot at junior hockey

Twenty Aboriginal youth from across Canada are going to hit television screens this winter in a new hockey reality series that will soon be filmed in Ottawa-Gatineau this summer.

In "Hit the Ice," players will go through a NHL-style training camp and get tips from hockey professionals. At the end of the show, they’ll play an exhibition game with the chance of getting noticed by real hockey scouts from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and others.

Producers hired ex-NHLer John Chabot of Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburg Penguins fame to guide the hockey hopefuls.

Chabot said most participants have been playing all their lives, but never had a chance to be seen.

“If we can introduce these kids to scouts, that’s what we want to do,” he said Thursday at a press conference at the Chateau Cartier Hotel in Gatineau.

Director and producer, Jason Brennan, said viewers will have to wait and see if scouts decide to put the players in a league.

The 13-episode Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) production and is to air in January.

Filming will run from July 22 to Aug. 5 in various spots across the region.

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