CBC’s Stroumboulopoulos Chosen to Host Hockey Night in Canada

It has been officially confirmed that George Stroumboulopoulos will be the host of Hockey Night in Canada as well as the new Sunday night Hometown Hockey broadcasts on Rogers Media’s City TV network. However, things will not change as much for Don Cherry and Ron MacLean fans, as Rogers also confirmed that the long-time duo will be returning to the Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night broadcasts when the company takes over editorial control of the show starting with the 2014-15 season.

In collaboration with the Sportsnet broadcasters Daren Millard and Jeff Marek, the team is expected to host more than 500 regular season games, as well as the full slate of NHL playoff games. Meanwhile, Mr. MacLean is chosen to host on Hockey Day in Canada and appear on the Sunday night broadcasts as the host of a segment Rogers is calling Hometown Hockey Community Celebration. However, Mr. Cherry’s TV presence will not be extended. According to a statement issued by Mr. Cherry, he stated that “I knew that Rogers would never mess with the greatest segment on television. We’re going into our 29th season of Coach’s Corner, and we’re stronger than ever!”

A diehard Montreal Canadiens fan, Mr. Stroumboulopoulos, alleged that “hockey is one of my deep-seated passions and I’m thrilled to be going full circle, returning to my roots in sports broadcasting.” He further explained that “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. I’m also looking forward to working with Daren Millard and the entire team at Rogers.”

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