A Toronto Star report says that George Stroumboulopoulos will not return as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, and will be replaced by the man he replaced, Ron MacLean.
Prior to Strombo hosting the HNIC panel, MacLean occupied the job from 1986 until 2014. Ron MacLean will continue his role on Coach’s Corner, opposite Don Cherry, as the moderator of the popular hockey segment.
Just two seasons after Strombo was hired with much fanfare in the wake of Rogers’ $5.2-billion acquisition of NHL broadcasting rights, they have decided to pull the plug on the controversial hockey host. Strombo has been both praised and condemned by hockey fans across the nation since his start in 2014, but the declining viewer numbers over those two years has lead to some tough decisions for HNIC management.
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