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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
George Stroumboulopoulos won’t return as host of Hockey Night in Canada next season, sources tell the Star.
His replacement will be the man he replaced. Industry insiders say Ron MacLean is expected to return to the show’s No. 1 seat just two seasons after Stroumboulopoulos was hired with much fanfare in the wake of Rogers’ $5.2-billion acquisition of NHL broadcasting rights. Prior to that, MacLean occupied the job from 1986 until 2014. Since then, he has hosted Sunday night Hometown Hockey broadcasts and worked Saturdays alongside Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner. It’s expected he will continue those roles in addition to resuming the main HNIC hosting gig — the highest-profile position in Canadian sports broadcasting.
The ouster of Stroumboulopoulos marks a strategic about-face for Rogers, which sublicenses Hockey Night in Canada to CBC. In 2014, executives remade the iconic Saturday night show while speaking of the need to bring it to a younger demographic.
“We want to get a new breed of Canadian fans that get passionate about the games,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, told reporters after Stroumboulopoulos’s hiring was announced in 2014. “I think George does that.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean breakdown the matchup between the Penguins and the Sharks, including game 2’s decisive and controversial faceoff.
Focus on the defensemen tonight, including Kris Letang in selfish mode, the Trevor Daley injury and Brent Burns.
TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
Ron and Don talk about the issue with pretend shot-blocking, Nashville’s huge triple-overtime win, and the people of Fort McMurray.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about the hottest topics from around the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Don Cherry talks about how Brent Burns doesn’t get enough credit because of the way he looks, and that he should be the MVP.
Plus more topics.
Ron & Don talk about the trouble referees have with hybrid icing, the power of Jamie Benn, and why Shea Weber deserves a Norris nod.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Capitals taking on the Flyers, Brian Elliott’s performance in Game 1, and why goalie masks need to change.
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