There’s more news when it comes to CBC’s venerable Hockey Night in Canada program. Coming on the heels of the report that Andi Petrillo is headed to CBC, we now have word of two more additions. The Toronto Sports Media Blog is reporting that Gord Stellick and David Amber are on their way to CBC. Stellick will replace Jeff Marek as the host of HNIC Radio on Sirius. Amber would likely replace Marek on the TV side although his addition is yet to be confirmed.
Stellick has most recently been with Toronto’s Sportsnet Radio Fan 590. He’s a former GM of the Maple Leafs and has made frequent appearances on Rogers Sportsnet’s Hockey Central. Amber has been with NHL Network the past two seasons along with making appearances on NBA TV Canada. He previously worked as a reporter and host for both TSN and ESPN.
Stellick would be a pretty solid addition to the HNIC team and it would make sense for him to make appearances on the TV side as well. Whether its a part of the I-Desk or as a studio analyst, I think he’d do a good job. On the other hand, Amber is pretty weak and is not a very popular member of the NHLN team. Should Amber leave NHLN, it would probably be considered an upgrade to On the Fly. I really can’t see him on HNIC and he would join P.J. Stock as the weakest links on the program. It will certainly be a year of change on HNIC and it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
UPDATE: Canadian Sports Media Fan is reporting on their Twitter account that Nabil Karim will be a part of the I-desk. Karim has updated his Twitter profile to list himself as host of the Idesk. We shall see if Amber will still be a part of it or not. HNIC Radio will officially announce their plans for this season on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Stellick has confirmed that he’s joining CBC and besides the duties I already mentioned, he will also write an online column.