Hockey Night in Canada starts off with the Aga Khan and Ismaili Muslims

Opening segment of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada on November 30, 2013 started off with the Aga Khan and Ismaili Muslims. You can see it beginning approximately at the 4:10 mark.  Note: This video may not play for those outside of the Canadian market.


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  1. Hello all, that segment on HNiC was heart-warming for us Ismailis. It was particularly heart-warming for us Uganda Ismailis and Uganda Asians in general because of Hendersen’s Golden Goal and Sherali Najak, Uganda Asian Ismailis’s ongoing role in HNiC. This very site had pages pertaining to it in January of this year.

    Vali Jamal: Canada and the Imam’s role in the 1972
    Uganda ……/vali-jamal-canada-and-the-imams-ro…‎CachedJan 23, 2012 – And who when I was researching this book had just been appointed Executive Producer of Hockey Night in Canada? Uganda Asian Sherali …


  2. This was a rather strange item to be leading Hockey Night in Canada and seemed forced, using the 1972 year as merely a way to lead into the Ismaili angle. While it was nice to see the Ismailis highlighted, I wonder about who was behind the decision because for the life of me I can’t understand why CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada would celebrate Roger’s Nadir Mohamed since he just killed their show! Hockey Night in Canada is a show that has run for some 60 years but for corporate greed it seems Nadir Mohamed couldn’t find it within himself to leave CBC with even a few game rights so it could continue a show that is as Canadian a cultural tradition and icon as the maple leaf or beavers.

    It is indeed disappointing that despite the Aga Khan spending over 50 years promoting preservation and culture — in lieu of profits — and despite his own example of preserving French cultural heritage around his home in Chantilly, Mr. Mohamed has failed to take the message to heart and couldn’t do the same for his adopted country and just give up a little profit for all the goodwill it would have created.


    1. I think it is fascinating that Ron Maclean highlighted arrival of the Ismailis as an important marker in Canadian history. It was quite unexpected and a welcome message about the importance of an emerging Canadian diversity that itself is a marker of Canada’s success. Clearly, this point was the impetus for the post on IsmailiMail, however, given the very peculiar comment from the aptly named “Very peculiar”, let us briefly respond to the move of HNIC to Roger’s.

      To move HNIC was not a decision for Roger’s to make, rather it was the prerogative of the NHL, and indeed it was the NHL that made the decision. Roger’s, on the other hand, is required to do the best possible for its shareholders, and they appropriately put in a bid for a valuable asset. Same thing goes for the NHL, making the best business decision for the owners. The suggestion that the Roger’s CEO “just killed [the] show” is unfounded, most certainly uneducated and at best naive. We’ll see in ten years, but as far as the Ismaili community goes, one thing they can share with all is to not be afraid of adapting to change. Personally, I’m perfectly fine with the earth not being flat!


      1. “The suggestion that the Roger’s CEO “just killed [the] show” is unfounded, most certainly uneducated and at best naive.”

        Seems others (and the CBC in particular) don’t see it that way and think even more the the show is at stake (emphasis added):

        “Stripped of editorial control, HNIC [Hockey Night in Canada] will show one or two games a week (of Rogers’ choosing) **until they fizzle out four years from now** when their contract is up. Call it a parting gift from Bettman for their six decades of service to the NHL.The deal has huge implications for hockey fans, of course — Saturday night’s big Canadian team games will no longer stream for free on, nor will they be available on public airwaves….

        “It’s impossible not to hear the **panic saturating [CBC’s] Radio One as they report on this story every ten minutes**. And who can blame them? **It’s estimated that half of CBC TV’s advertising revenue comes from hockey. That’s now gone**. Even though the CBC will continue to broadcast Rogers’ crumbs on Saturday nights, with a devious turn of the blade, Rogers — not the CBC — will collect all advertising and sponsorship revenue from the games shown.

        “Already the **CBC’s enemies are licking their chops** at what this means for the future of publicly funded media. “Without hockey, CBC TV is little more than a make-work project for Canadian television producers who make content that very few people want to watch,” Jesse Kline declares in the National Post.”


    2. @Very peculiar – I respectfully disagree. It was a great story to be leading Hockey Night in Canada. We are a country of proud immigrants and I invite you to enjoy this fact instead of sullenly sitting on the sidelines.

      Nadir Mohamed is a great Canadian! When you consider the Blackberry saga, you have to thank Nadir for keeping Rogers a strong viable Canadian company, and out of the clutches of US fund managers. Harper tilted the scales in favour of Verizon and invited this US company into Canada but Verizon realized they were no match for Rogers. It is unfortunate that you cannot see beyond the shallow depths of your leftist diatribe to the very real contribution that Mr. Mohamed has made to Canada. We should all be very proud of him!


      1. ‘Shallow depths of leftist diatribe’? There is no need for name calling. Perhaps you are shallowly looking only at money?

        ‘Very peculiar’ has a point. You are correct on the Blackberry saga, but Rogers is able to remain a strong viable Canadian company only because there is no competition thanks to its monopoly. It is probably the most hated company, but consumers don’t have a choice. The odds are stacked against competitors.

        HNIC revenues were a large part of CBC’s revenues, without which there will be much less original programming. The network will also be much more cash-strapped. HNIC is culturally linked to CBC, which is culturally linked to the entire country through its nation-building mandate. It’s great for Rogers (which by the way gets almost $1B in subsidies yearly) but does the rest of the country, and its identity, a disservice. We should all look beyond the immediate glory this brings our community to the real implications for the country we live in.


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