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George Stroumboulopoulos to host ‘Hockey Night in Canada’

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 10th, 2014

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Talk-show host George Stroumboulopoulos is joining the Hockey Night in Canada lineup, Rogers Communications confirmed Monday.

Stroumboulopoulos, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek will be the “cornerstones” of the broadcaster’s NHL coverage, Rogers said in a statement.

Coach’s Corner will remain virtually unchanged with Cherry alongside MacLean.

“George is one of the smartest and most versatile broadcasters in the business,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet & NHL Properties for Rogers, said in a statement.

“Ron and Don are icons in the hockey world.  Along with Daren and Jeff, our new broadcast team brings a tremendous amount of talent, expertise and personality – and most importantly, they all possess a supreme passion for hockey.”

Stroumboulopoulos, a passionate Habs fan, spoke to the Montreal Canadiens magazine about his love for the team. Click here to read the interview.

MacLean is the current host of Hockey Night in Canada.

Stroumboulopoulos will host not only the marquee Saturday night show but also other broadcasts on City, Sportsnet and other platforms, Rogers announced.

The NHL and Rogers signed a $5.2-billion broadcast rights deal last fall. Under the contract,Hockey Night in Canada will remain on the CBC for at least the next four years.

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Stroumboulopoulos’s current program on the CBC, will end after this season, the broadcaster announced Monday.

The program has run for 10 years.

“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. I’m also looking forward to working with Daren Millard and the entire team at Rogers.”

Rogers Media is the parent company of this station and this website.

What do you think of the decision? Let us know in the comments.

With files from The Canadian Press

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