Our long national (hockey) nightmare is over. After spending two years in exile criss-crossing the country on Sunday evening hockey, Ron MacLean has been reinstated as host of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. He’ll host the early game; the late game is hosted by David Amber to accommodate MacLean’s travel schedule as he continues to host Hometown Hockey on Sunday nights.
This is among the changes Rogers is bringing to what has been a boring, overwrought, ratings-losing production for the last two years. Today was a sad day for the hockey broadcast; Rogers let go a ton of people from the production, the biggest names being Glenn Healy and P.J. Stock, and of course, George Stroumboulopoulos. He’s taking the fall now for a lot of decisions that were really not his doing.
My take on Strombo: the wrong host, for the wrong show, for the wrong audience. Mainly, he simply wasn’t Ron MacLean and the fans knew it. Strombo will rise again elsewhere, hopefully.