Sportsnet has confirmed the rumours, and has announced that Ron MacLean will be the new host of “Hockey Night in Canada” when it returns next season, with the “HNIC” veteran joined by David Amber. MacLean will host Game 1 on Saturday nights, says Sportsnet in its announcement, while Amber will host Game 2. MacLean will also remain as co-host of Coach’s Corner alongside Don Cherry.

MacLean will be replacing George Stroumboulopoulos, who will be leaving the company after a disappointing two-season stint hosting the long-running hockey broadcast.

Related: Ron MacLean Says It’s ‘Not Official’ He’ll Replace Strombo As Host Of ‘Hockey Night In Canada’

“The impact [MacLean] has had on the game and in communities across the country is immeasurable. Hockey fans, young and old, have a deep connection with him,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers, said in the announcement.

As for Strombo, he and Sportsnet are officially parting ways. “He is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to ‘Hockey Night in Canada’,” adds Moore. “We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be. We are continually evaluating and evolving our broadcasts to deliver the best experience for fans.”

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