New host of "Hockey Night in Canada"
Update -- 9:30 a.m.
George Stroumboulopoulos has officially been announced as the new host of "Hockey Night in Canada."
The veteran CBC-TV personality will anchor NHL coverage beginning in October 2014.
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 were also announced as "cornerstones" of Rogers' coverage in a news release issued Monday.
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. I'm also looking forward to working with Daren Millard and the entire team at Rogers."
George Stroumboulopoulos will reportedly be the next host of "Hockey Night in Canada."
TSN reporter Bob McKenzie tweeted the CBC host of "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" will become the face of the show when Rogers Communications Inc. takes control of Canada's NHL broadcasting rights next season.
McKenzie also reports the Coach's Corner segment will continue another two years.
A spokesperson for Sportsnet declined to confirm Stroumboulopoulos is the new host.
McKenzie says Ron MacLean, who has hosted "Hockey Night in Canada" full time since 1987, will still be involved with a reduced role.
But he makes no mention of commentator Don Cherry, who has popularized Coach's Corner since first appearing on it in 1980.
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