Friday, August 01, 2008

LeBrun headed to HNIC, ESPN

Hockey Night is not finished hiring. A new play-by-play voice could be announced in a few weeks, although Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, says a final decision hasn't been made. And sources say Pierre LeBrun will accept a job with Hockey Night and ESPN after resigning from The Canadian Press and Rogers Sportsnet.
LeBrun may or may not be a household name, depending on how big of a hockey nut you are, but in Canadian sports media circles, he's right up there in terms of profile.

LeBrun joined The Canadian Press 13 years ago and has been one of this country's top hockey writers since the NHL lockout. His stay with Sportsnet was short-lived, as he joined the network last summer at about this time.

His Sportsnet bio and archived columns can be found here. LeBrun won Sports Media Canada's award for outstanding sportswriting in 2005.

As for his new gigs, we don't know a lot at the moment. Hockey Night in Canada made LeBrun a semi-regular on the Hotstove panel last season, and it's likely he'll reprise that role. ESPN, meanwhile, needs a new hockey face to replace Barry Melrose, who'll be coaching the Lightning this season.

He'd be a good choice.

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At 10:54 p.m., August 01, 2008, Anonymous George Malik said...

I'm really stunned about LeBrun leaving the CP. He's one of the premiere writers in hockey, and I really hope that ESPN and the CBC give him as prominent role as possible.

At 11:04 p.m., August 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure he'll make more in one week at CBC/ESPN than he would in a month at CP.
Does this mean Burnside is gonzo alonzo from

At 1:38 a.m., August 02, 2008, Blogger andy grabia said...

I know it's unlikely to the point of impossible, but I'd be mighty pleased if Miller or Cuthbert came back to the CBC to do play-by-play.

At 1:52 a.m., August 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hockey," "ESPN," and "prominent role" just don't seem to work together. The WWL hates hockey.

At 11:22 a.m., August 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever been as impressed by ESPN as I am here. Of course, I'll probably have to stay up until 1:35am just to see Pierre speak for 60 seconds.

At 11:46 a.m., August 02, 2008, Blogger attention whore finder said...

ESPN covers hockey?

At 5:21 p.m., August 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melrose is better looking than LeBrun so this is quite a downer for American audience. All three of them.

Btw, LeBrun outshone Morrison and Strachan in Hotstove so he'll be there for sure.

Hotstove is for print journalists so don't ever again let Stock, Galley or any other former player turned broadcaster on it, please.

At 10:18 a.m., August 03, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

Listening to PJ's witty banter < Having a stroke

At 1:36 p.m., August 04, 2008, Blogger itchit said...

Come back to the light, James.


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