According to the Toronto Star…George Stroumboulopoulos won’t return as host of Hockey Night in Canada next season.
NOTHING IS OFFICIAL YET but…his replacement will be the man he replaced…Ron MacLean.
When Rogers took over HNIC with their massive NHL deal they brought on Strombo to replace Ron MacLean as host in hopes of attracting a younger TV audience.
Here’s George from March of 2014 after the announcement was made.
Ratings since Strombo took over as host haven’t been what Rogers hoped for. Of course you can’t blame that on one guy…it hasn’t helped that the Maple Leafs who normally drive ratings have struggled (of course they’ve been struggling long before Strombo took over) AND it didn’t help that not one Canadian team made the playoffs this season.
So…if this report holds true…Ron will be back behind the desk of HNIC for the 2016/2017 season.
It’s worth noting…Ron MacLean says “nothing’s official”