Wednesday, July 29, 2015

‘Hockey Night’ host named

TORONTO—George Stroumboulopoulos officially has been announced as the new host of “Hockey Night in Canada.”
The veteran CBC-TV personality will anchor NHL coverage beginning in October.

It’s the first major personnel change made by Rogers after acquiring the NHL rights in a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion deal in November.
Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard, and Jeff Marek also were announced as “cornerstones” of Rogers’ coverage in a news release issued today.
Cherry and MacLean will continue to host “Coach’s Corner” every Saturday.
The announcement was timed with the news from CBC that Stroumboulopoulos’s Gemini Award-winning chat show would be cancelled after the completion of its 10th season.
Stroumboulopoulos will host not only the marquee Saturday night show, but also other broadcasts on City, Sportsnet, and other platforms, Rogers announced.
“Hockey is one of my deep-seated passions and I’m thrilled to be going full circle, returning to my roots in sports broadcasting,” Stroumboulopoulos said in a statement.
“It’s a dream for me to work with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, as well as my old friend Jeff Marek, who I started my career with,” he noted.
“I’m also looking forward to working with Daren Millard and the entire team at Rogers.”
Stroumboulopoulos, already a household name in Canada, would bring plenty of credentials to the program.
The 41-year-old Montreal Canadiens’ fan is a six-time Gemini Award and Canadian Screen Award winner who has worked as a television personality and radio broadcaster with CBC since 2005.
Before that, Stroumboulopoulos spent four years as a host at MuchMusic, where his ubiquitous black T-shirt, earrings, and affable personality made him stand out.
More recently, he worked for CNN on the short-lived series “Stroumboulopoulos,” which aired last summer but was not renewed.

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