HNIC Confirms Five New Additions
CBC has announced that there will be five new members on Hockey Night in Canada this season. Three of the new members have been known for a week or more now; they are Andi Petrillo, Gord Stellick and David Amber. Petrillo will be a studio host for CBC, hosting a new show called Game Day. Stellick will replace Jeff Marek on Hockey Night Radio. Amber will be a rinkside reporter for CBC, mainly working 7pm eastern games in Toronto and occasionally Montreal.
CBC also announced that Canucks radio play-by-play Rick Ball and NHL on Versus analyst Daryl Reaugh will form CBC’s new broadcast crew. Ball and Reaugh will mostly do Winnipeg Jets games on CBC. They will also do some 10pm ET games, but Mark Lee and Kevin Weekes will still be CBC’s main broadcast crew at 10pm ET.
The broadcast crews for eastern time zone games will largely remain the same. Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy will still do most Leafs games; Bob Cole and Garry Galley will work most Canadiens broadcasts; Dean Brown and Garry Galley will call Senators games.
David Amber will be the rinkside reporter for many Toronto Maple Leafs games. Elliotte Friedman will move into a new role as an insider on The Hotstove many weeks, replacing Pierre Lebrun. Cassie Campbell-Pascal will return as the rinkside reporter for most Canadiens games. Amber will also fill-in for Campbell-Pascal when she has other commitments.
CBC is also launching a new pre-game show this season. The name of the new show is Game Day and air from 5-6pm eastern. Andi Petrillo will host the progam with analyst PJ Stock.
Here is a quote from Julie Bristow, Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming for CBC:
We could not be happier with the addition of Gord, Andi, David, Daryl and Rick to our team. They all bring a different experienced background and point of view about the game that we feel will really resonate with Canadian hockey fans