The rumour started last night when this article from the Toronto Star came out. “George Stroumboulopoulos won’t return as host of Hockey Night in Canada next season, sources tell the Star. His replacement will be the man he replaced. Industry insiders say Ron MacLean is expected to return to the show’s No. 1 seat just two seasons after Stroumboulopoulos was hired with much fanfare in the wake of Rogers’ $5.2-billion acquisition of NHL broadcasting rights.” As you could probably imagine, the internet has been going crazy over this.
Ron McLean replacing Strombosis on HNIC!!! Oh my throw a party! Scream and yell!! Take the day off!! Best news since 3 on 3 overtime!!— John Counsell (@JWCounsell) June 20, 2016
Ron made an official statement last night regarding the rumours “there’s a few balls in the air and things like that but until Sportsnet executives Scott Moore or Rob Corte says it’s official, it’s not official.” Hopefully there will be some sort of official announcement later this week! Sam asked me last night why I was so happy about this and I honestly didn’t have a good answer. There was nothing bad or wrong about Strombo, but something just feels right about Ron MacLean hosting HNIC doesn’t it?