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


This week’s podcast: Stromboulottamess

The Toronto Star has jumped out front on a story many of us have been keeping an eye on for weeks–George Stroumboulopoulos’ future with Hockey Night in Canada. A few weeks ago when I spoke with Sportsnet president Scott Moore at the Rogers upfront, he seemed to duck around the Strombo question. HNiC’s ratings were… 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



With Canadian teams out, millions skipping Stanley Cup

He shoots he bleeds. Rogers was expected to take a beating in the ratings with Canada shut out of the playoffs. The numbers are starting to come in, and they’re at historic lows. On opening night, last Wed., April 13, Detroit v. Tampa Bay drew 618,000 on CBC. The Rangers v. Pittsburgh did 510,000 on Sportsnet… 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


This week’s podcast: minus Leafs, are Rogers’ Cup dreams still alive?

This week, AM900CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to talk playoff hockey. We don’t get into will the Canadiens beat the Senators or will the Canucks defeat Calgary–it’s more will Rogers make a dime off of its NHL coverage? Scott is of the mind that another horrible Leafs season spells disaster for Rogers $5.2 billion, 12-year NHL… 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