Five Canadian teams a win for Rogers as Cup chase begins

Wednesday marks the beginning of two months of playoff hockey and this year, viewers in Canada have reasons to cheer. Unlike last spring, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary all made the playoffs. Only Vancouver and Winnipeg missed the cut. That’s good news for Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers. He and his… Read on



Can MacLean take us home to Hockey Night in Canada?

On Saturday, Ron MacLean returns to a job he held for 28 years — host of Hockey Night in Canada. The past two NHL seasons, however, were spent in the wilderness; for Hockey Night in Canada, ratings-wise, and –quite literally — for MacLean. We all know what happened. Rogers acquired all national NHL rights for a dozen years… Read on


Rogers makes it official: MacLean back, Strombo out

It’s official. after a full week of speculation, Ron MacLean will be back next fall as host of Hockey Night in Canada. Joining him as host, according to the Monday release from Rogers Media, is David Amber, a HNiC rinkside reporter the past five years who also spent eight years covering sports Stateside for ESPN. Gone “to explore new… Read on


Don Cherry signs multi-year pact for more HNiC

Took a little back and forth, and credit the CP editors for their patience, but I was able to break this news about Don Cherry off Monday’s Rogers Media upfront in Toronto: he’ll be back next season, at least, on Hockey Night in Canada. Cherry, 82, who signed a two-year contract when Rogers made their… Read on



Woe Canada: Rogers stuck bundling all American playoffs

Hello Canada and hockey fans in Newfoundland. It’s hockey night in, uh, well, Tampa. Yes, all seven Canadian NHL teams have been shut out of the playoffs. This hasn’t happened since that other Trudeau was prime minister. Wednesday night’s first round openers feature games between Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET on… Read on


With Sportsnet calling the shots, let the Stanley Cup games begin

Wednesday night, the puck drops on a new era in Stanley Cup hockey coverage. One guy who can hardly wait is Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet and NHL at Rogers Media. Moore was the man at the centre of Rogers’ $5.2 billion dollar, 12-year, NHL rights deal. The former head of CBC sports has rolled the biggest… Read on


This week’s podcast: Leafs sink to historic low on HNiC

Seven hundred and forty-three thousand estimated, overnight viewers across Canada watched Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada tilt between The Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues. That might be the lowest HNiC 7 p.m. start number ever, or at least since digital tallying. In our weekly radio chat, AM900CHML’s Scott Thompson started things off by… Read on