The issue was NHLCI, and the fact that MTS does not have it and will not likely have it in the future. Shaw is Canada's second largest provider and they don't have it, so do you really think MTS will buy it? Remeber the take rate is about 5-10%, so MTS has 60,000 subs, so they are working with NHLCI based on a max of 6,000 customers, not likely they will get a deal based on the numbers alone.
Purchase the HDPVR for $600, you will get a $300 programming credit so your total net cost for two rooms is $300. This box will do all your needs including recording NHL and allowing you to pause and rewind live sports.