George Stroumboulopoulos to Anchor Canadian NHL Hockey Coverage

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The TV interviewer will cease his CBC talk show and host "Hockey Night in Canada" and Rogers Media's blanket coverage of the pro league from next season.

TORONTO -- On the heels of his CNN interview show Stroumboulopoulos, George Stroumboulopoulos has a new gig: anchoring Hockey Night in Canada.

Stroumboulopoulos will bring his CBC talk show to a close later this year after its 10th season, and then host Rogers Media's NHL broadcasts from next season across a range of TV and digital platforms, along with Sportsnet hockey experts Jeff Marek and Daren Millard.

The trio will present around 500 regular season games across 13 networks and seven platforms, including up to seven games every Saturday night.

In addition to first-time Sunday night hockey, the blockbuster Rogers hockey coverage will present every game of the NHL Playoffs and the Stanley Cup final round.

The move takes Stroumboulopoulos from the CBC, a public broadcaster in decline due to government budget chops, to Canadian TV's dream job as the face of NHL coverage in a country where hockey is religion.

He will anchor Hockey Night in Canada, a national institution on air since 1952, and now moving from the CBC to the overall control of Rogers Media.

And Stroumboulopoulos will host all NHL regular season, playoff and Stanley Cup games broadcast nationally in Canada.

Imagine he was the face of NHL coverage stateside on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network to grasp the size of the pulpit Stroumboulopoulos is about to mount to bring Canadians hockey.

Putting hockey at the center of Canadian TV's sporting universe follows Rogers signing a 12-year, $4.9 billion deal for exclusive national broadcast and digital rights in Canada, starting with the 2014-15 season.

Stroumboulopoulos got his broadcast start as a sports reporter working alongside Marek at Toronto radio station The Fan 590.

"Hockey is one of my deep-seated passions and I'm thrilled to be going full circle, returning to my roots in sports broadcasting," he said in a statement Monday.

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will continue to co-host the Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, now in its 28th season.