With over 40 members for their debut into national hockey broadcasting, Rogers has kept the old faces from Sportsnet, the familiar faces from CBC and TSN, and brought in some new faces as announcers, analysts, and insiders for 2014–15.
News slowly trickled out over the past few months of personnel Rogers had signed up, including former TSN personalities Dave Randorf and Paul Romanuk. Now with the full release, we can see Rogers have nabbed some TSN folk, US folk and a whole load of CBC broadcasters.
Hosting all the programming across the suite of Rogers channels will be the familiar names of Ron MacLean, George Stroumboulopoulos, Jeff Marek and Darren Millard. The new name is former Canadian broadcaster Leah Hextall, who returns north of the border from Boston’s NESN.
National play-by-play commentators will be longtime CBC commentator Jim Hughson, former TSN’er Paul Romanuk, former CFL on TSN host Dave Randorf, and old-timer Bob Cole. Joining them as analysts from CBC will be Glenn Healy, Gary Galley, and Craig Simpson, and from TSN the young up-and-comer Mike Johnson. Regional commentators and reporters include a mix of former CBC and current Sportsnet staff. The (seemingly unnecessarily-long) list of studio people is below.
Sadly, Rogers has hired the three worst parts of the former CBC Hockey Night In Canada staff: longtime d-bag Don Cherry, the well-past-his-prime Bob Cole and the always-terrible Glenn Healy. You could probably add PJ Stock to the list also, but no one really cares about him enough to expend the energy. All hate mail in regards to this topic can be directed to the comments section below.
The full broadcast team is after the jump.
Canadiens English-language broadcasts
There is still no rights holder for Anglophone Habs fans in Eastern Canada. It was reported a couple weeks ago both outlets (Bell and Rogers) were balking at the high price Montreal were asking for the regional rights. Bell had the previous rights and screened games on the now-defunct TSN-Habs specialty channel. TSN has since picked up Senators rights, which could possibly cause scheduling conflicts on TSN5.
According to a vague tweet from Sportsnet President Scott Moore and a tweet from CTV Montreal reporter Brian Wilde, Rogers could be announcing rights to Habs games this week. Of course, Moore’s tweet could also be referring to an announcement about the future of NHL Centre Ice and Gamecentre. We’ll have to see how it plays out.
George Stroumboulopoulos (Hockey Night in Canada, NHL on Sportsnet)
Ron MacLean (Rogers Hometown Hockey, NHL on Sportsnet)
Rick Ball (Calgary)
Kevin Quinn (Edmonton)
Paul Romanuk / Dave Randorf (Toronto)
John Shorthouse (Vancouver)
John Garrett (Vancouver Canucks)
Kelly Hrudey (Calgary Flames)
Greg Millen (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Drew Remenda (Edmonton Oilers)
Studio Analysts and Insiders