CBC has officially announced the changes at Hockey Night in Canada for 2011-12. While many names had already been leaked out, there’s a few surprises and we now know who will be doing what.
First off, CBC made the hiring of Gord Stellick official. As I noted before, Stellick will be replacing Jeff Marek as the new host of HNIC Radio. Stellick will make some TV appearances and will be a writer for cbcsports.ca.
The role of Andi Petrillo has now been figured out. Petrillo will host a new “interactive” pregame show called Game Day with P.J. Stock. The show will air for an hour every Saturday at 5 PM ET starting on October 8.
As previously mentioned, David Amber will be joining HNIC. Amber will become a rinkside reporter for the program, primarily working in Toronto taking over for Elliotte Freidman. Friedman will replace Pierre Lebrun as the program’s primary insider during the Hotstove segment although he’s also expected to continue to do some reporting and feature segments. Amber will also work some Montreal games while Cassie Campbell-Pascal will return as the primary Montreal based reporter.
Perhaps the biggest news and the only real unknowns were CBC’s plans for Winnipeg Jets games. The play by play role is not going to the sentimental favorite Curt Keilback. Instead, Vancouver radio man Rick Ball will get the job. Ball currently rotates with John Shorthouse as the Canucks radio play by play man. In an even bigger shocker, Dallas Stars analyst Daryl Reaugh will be CBC’s Winnipeg analyst. While Ball and Reaugh are slated to call mostly Jets games, they may make the rounds and pick up some other Western matches as the season goes along. The rest of the announcing teams are expected to look the same and in their usual places.
WHAT’S NEXT IN DALLAS?
Reaugh is a terrific addition to the HNIC team but since he will apparently be juggling jobs, the Stars will probably need some more broadcasting talent. Enter Mike Modano. Nothing has been confirmed yet but I mentioned last week that Modano was headed for television. And just last night, Modano himself confirmed that he will be doing some work for FS Southwest. I would guess that we’ll see Modano and Craig Ludwig take some of Reaugh’s duties. Brent Severyn is another possibility as he’s done radio work before and he currently contributes to some Dallas telecasts.