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.