In the Heartland will air weekly on MC 22 during the Iowa Heartlanders ECHL season. The show features in-depth interviews and features with players and coaches as the Heartlanders hockey team embarks on its first season in the ECHL. The Heartlanders are proudly affiliated with the NHL's Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild. Players advance from the “Double-A” Heartlanders through the Minnesota system to the NHL.
The Heartlanders were founded in October 2021 and play at the brand-new, 5000-seat, Xtream Arena in Coralville. Head Coach Gerry Fleming was named the first coach in Heartlanders history in July 2021 and is in his 24th season as a professional coach.