Play-by-Play Commentator, Hockey Night in Canada
National Bestselling Author
Born and raised in small-town Alberta, Harnarayan has risen through the broadcast ranks as a prominent media personality in Canada’s favourite sport, challenging the status quo.
With over 800 games of experience as an NHL broadcaster and known for his entertaining goal calls, Harnarayan’s story has spread throughout the hockey world, allowing him to commentate ‘Play-by-Play’ for Hockey Night in Canada nationally on Sportsnet. As the NHL aims to grow the game in new markets and diversify its fan base, Harnarayan symbolizes the power sport has to unite people.
His growing list of accomplishments includes winning a Canadian Screen Award for ‘Best Sports Play-By-Play Announcer,’ being named a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor-General for his contributions to Canadian society, being awarded the Peace Patron designation from the Mosaic Institute for helping fight prejudice in sport, earning the Brian Williams Media Award from the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and most recently receiving an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Mount Royal University.
Along with being an ambassador for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Harnarayan serves on the NHL’s Fan Inclusion Committee and is a part of the Herb Carnegie Initiative, focusing on making the sport a more welcoming place. Harnarayan is also on the board of HEROS, a charity that uses hockey as a mentorship tool for at-risk youth.
His recent memoir, ‘One Game At A Time’ – My Journey From Small-Town Alberta to Hockey’s Biggest Stage, became an instant national bestseller, inspiring countless others through his journey of defying the odds.
Harnarayan lives in Calgary with his wife and two young children.
“Reading One Game at a Time was powerfully nostalgic as it reminded me of the power of hockey to connect.” – Hayley Wickenhesier, 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist Women’s Hockey
From the distinct and vibrant voice behind Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi comes the story of pursuing a dream and defying the odds. Based on his bestselling book, One Game at a Time, Harnarayan invites audiences to experience his improbable and incredible journey, giving them a look at the power of perseverance and community.
Harnarayan has come a long way from calling imaginary games with a toy microphone to secretly funding flights from Calgary to Toronto every weekend in the early days of his career. His determination and dedication eventually allowed him to make history as the first Sikh to broadcast NHL games in English at a national level and one of the most influential ambassadors of today’s game.
One Game at a Time blends Harnarayan’s unabashed love of hockey with a refreshing and positive message about what it means to be a Canadian.
Like many of his hockey-loving peers, Alberta-native Harnarayan Singh dreamt about a career within the sanctum of the sport they idolized. But, there was a slight difference – he didn’t look like his classmates nor the broadcasters on television.
Whether you’re working in a classroom, corporate setting or household, Harnaryan shares the lessons learned from his experiences to explain why incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into an organization’s DNA is the only way forward. Through his memorable stories, he helps guide audiences through challenging and emotional conversations. He reminds us that such discussions are wholly necessary for organizations to progress through equitable ways.