George Stroumboulopoulos to anchor Hockey Night
Don Cherry, Ron MacLean to continue Coach's Corner
George Stroumboulopoulos will anchor Hockey Night in Canada next season while Coach's Corner will continue with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, Rogers announced Monday.
It's the first major on-air personnel announcement by Rogers since the Canadian telecom giant bought the NHL's Canadian media rights for the next 12 years, starting next season, at a cost of $5.2 billion in November. As part of a sublicensing deal, the CBC will continue to broadcast Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, with Rogers holding editorial control.
Monday's announcement followed news earlier in the day that Stroumboulopoulos's Gemini Award-winning CBC talk show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, will cease production this year, following its 10th season.
Stroumboulopoulos will also host other Rogers NHL broadcasts across various platforms, along with current Sportsnet personalities Jeff Marek and Daren Millard.
"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."
Cherry and MacLean will continue with their popular Coach's Corner segment, which is currently in it's 28th season.
“I knew that Rogers would never mess with the greatest segment on television," Cherry said in a release. "We’re going into our 29th season of Coach’s Corner, and we’re stronger than ever.”
Along with Coach's Corner, MacLean will also host Hockey Day In Canada, as well as Hometown Hockey Community Celebration on Sundays, Rogers announced.