MacLean Back at Helm of Hockey Night in Canada
Prince George, B.C.- The rumour has been confirmed, Ron MacLean will return to hosting Hockey Night in Canada.Sportsnet has announced MacLean will host Game 1 on Saturday nights, while David Amber will host Game 2.
Sportsnet says in addition to his hosting duties, he will continue to host Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry in the first intermission of Game 1 and will head out to two dozen communities across the country to host Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays during the season.
“The impact (MacLean) has had on the game and in communities across the country is immeasurable. Hockey fans, young and old, have a deep connection with him,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers.
Amber has been a reporter with Hockey Night in Canada for the past five years. He has nearly 20 years of sports broadcast experience, including eight years as anchor and reporter with ESPN, as well as covering four Olympic Games and a two-year stint hosting NHL On The Fly. He will also contribute to Saturday’s pre-game show.
“(Amber) is one of the top sports broadcasters in North America, with a long and impressive resume from both sides of the border.” said Moore. “He’s earned this coveted role. With Ron and David at the helm, it’s the perfect mix for hockey’s biggest night.”
As for George Stroumboulopoulos, Sportsnet says he ” will depart the company to explore new creative opportunities”.