DAILY NEWS Aug 29, 2014 7:34 AM - 2 comments

Rogers Names On-Air Team for NHL Coverage

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Sportsnet has unveiled the full roster for its hockey team – featuring on-air hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters from its own stable, as well as those of Hockey Night in Canada, competitor sports specialty channel TSN and other sports media outlets.

Nearly 40 play-by-play on air telecast team members will provide analysis, stories and highlights from both rinkside and a new studio setting for some 500 games throughout the 2014/15 NHL season, to be carried on nine Rogers TV and specialty channel networks.

“Canadian hockey fans deserve a broadcast team that is just as passionate about the game as they are,” said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It was important that we assemble a crew of experienced, knowledgeable, entertaining and accomplished broadcasters with diverse backgrounds and experience, to create a fresh, new viewing experience that will resonate with fans of all ages.”

George Stroumboulopoulos, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek have already been announced as the ‘dream team’ for Rogers's NHL coverage, and were introduced by Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties.

Jim Hughson, Dave Randorf, Paul Romanuk and Bob Cole, who will call play-by-play for NHL national games across all Rogers properties as well as Hockey Night in Canada, were also previously introduced.

The full NHL on Sportsnet broadcast team is as follows:


· George Stroumboulopoulos (Hockey Night in Canada, NHL on Sportsnet)

· Ron MacLean (Rogers Hometown Hockey, NHL on Sportsnet)

· Leah Hextall

· Jeff Marek

· Daren Millard

Play-by-Play Announcers


· Bob Cole

· Jim Hughson

· Dave Randorf

· Paul Romanuk


· Rick Ball (Calgary)

· Kevin Quinn (Edmonton)

· Paul Romanuk / Dave Randorf (Toronto)

· John Shorthouse (Vancouver)

Game Analysts


· Gary Galley

· Glenn Healy

· Mike Johnson

· Craig Simpson


· John Garrett (Vancouver Canucks)

· Kelly Hrudey (Calgary Flames)

· Greg Millen (Toronto Maple Leafs)

· Drew Remenda (Edmonton Oilers)

Studio Analysts and Insiders

· Don Cherry (Coach’s Corner)

· Damien Cox

· Elliotte Friedman

· Glenn Healy

· Kelly Hrudey

· Billy Jaffe

· Mike Johnson

· Chris Johnston

· Nick Kypreos

· Doug MacLean

· Scott Morrison

· Darren Pang

· John Shannon

· Mark Spector

· P.J. Stock

Rinkside Reporters

· Cassie Campbell-Pascall

· Arash Madani

· Roger Millions

· Dan Murphy

· Scott Oake

· Gene Principe

· Christine Simpson

Sportsnet provided the following descriptions and biographical information on its on-air team:

New Additions

· Glenn Healy, Analyst – A seasoned veteran with 30 years of NHL experience as a player, broadcaster and executive with the NHLPA, will work as both a game analyst and a studio analyst

· Kelly Hrudey, Analyst – The popular Gemini Award winning broadcaster and former NHL goalie will serve as a game analyst for Flames regional games, as well as a studio analyst for NHL national games

· Craig Simpson, Analyst – The two-time Stanley Cup champion and former Edmonton Oilers assistant coach brings more than 15 years of NHL broadcast experience to his role as analyst. Simpson will work alongside play-by-play man Jim Hughson to call NHL national games; he’ll also work alongside sister Christine Simpson, marking the first time two siblings will work together on a Canadian NHL national broadcast team

· Mike Johnson, Analyst – Joins the NHL on Sportsnet team as both a studio analyst and game analyst; the former NHL player has more than five years of experience as an NHL broadcaster

· Darren Pang, Analyst – The former NHL goalie began his broadcast career in 1990, and brings 15 years of NHL broadcast experience from both sides of the border, including with ESPN and Fox, to his role as a game analyst and a studio analyst

· Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Reporter – One of Canada’s most popular and accomplished female hockey players with more than 20 years of on-ice experience, Campbell-Pascall is also known for her work off the ice, in front of the camera. The nine-year hockey broadcast veteran will report from rinkside, and will also work as a commentator for Rogers Hometown Hockey and Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

· Leah Hextall, Host – Hextall joins the NHL on Sportsnet from NESN, one of the top regional sports networks in the US, where she worked for the past two years as an anchor/reporter, gaining significant experience covering the Boston Bruins, as well as other sports. The cousin of former NHL goalie and Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall brings more than 10 years of broadcast experience from both sides of the border to her role as host

· Rick Ball, Play-by-Play Announcer (Calgary Flames broadcasts) – The 20-year veteran broadcaster hits the broadcast booth in Calgary to call Flames games alongside Hrudey. In addition to working with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada the last three seasons, Ball has also been the radio voice for the Vancouver Canucks for six years, and was the first play-by-play voice of the Kelowna Rockets

· Drew Remenda, Game Analyst (Edmonton Oilers broadcasts) –The five-time Northern California Emmy Award winner was part of the San Jose Sharks broadcast team for more than 14 years, and also served as an analyst on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. He will work alongside play-by-play man Kevin Quinn as an analyst for Edmonton Oilers games

· P.J. Stock, Analyst – The former NHL player brings more than seven years of broadcast experience as a studio analyst for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada to his new role with the NHL on Sportsnet as a studio analyst

· Garry Galley, Game Analyst – A former defenseman who played 17 years in the NHL, Galley joins the NHL on Sportsnet bringing 10 years of experiences as a game analyst with Sportsnet and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada

Familiar Faces

Rounding out the NHL on Sportsnet team are many familiar and popular faces from Sportsnet’s experienced stable of hockey commentators including Nick Kypreos, Billy Jaffe, Chris Johnston, Doug MacLean, Scott Morrison, John Shannon, Christine Simpson and Mark Spector.

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Reader Comments

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Good list. Looking forward to the wall-to-wall coverage.

Posted August 29, 2014 10:36 AM

Tim Cross

Well done Rogers, a superior broadcast team.

Posted August 29, 2014 08:58 AM

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