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Kevin Bieksa Finally Addresses Rumors About His Alleged Termination from Sportsnet


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Travis Neil
July 18, 2023  (1:29 PM)
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Ron MacLean has been the host of the Hockey Night In Canada for the past 37 years which makes him the longest tenure host in Sportsnet.

Bieksa, a former NHL defenseman who played for the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, was also rumoured to have lost his job at HNIC and Sportsnet.
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Kevin Bieksa confirms he is back!

The Rumors

Rumors had been floating around that after a tough season for the Sportsnet Panel that MacLean's time with Sportsnet had come to an end.
With longtime Rogers/Sportsnet employee Howard Berger reporting that the only one safe was Elliotte Friedman.
We may not recognize the Hockey Night In Canada panel next season. Based on what I'm told, only Elliotte Friedman is safe from the changes and cost–cutting measures on the horizon.»

- Howard Berger

Berger then went into detail about MacLean's position.
Hockey Night studio commentators Ron MacLean, Kelly Hrudey, Kevin Bieksa and Jennifer Botterill remains to be determined, but MacLean's future, in particular, seems tenuous. For the bulk of 37 years — by far the longest tenure of any person — MacLean has hosted Hockey Night intermissions, taking over (in 1986) from Dave Hodge.

- Howard Berger

MacLean Addresses the Rumors

Despite all of the rumors and talking it looks like Ron MacLean will be back for another year.

The Fan's Reactions

Canadian hockey fans have not taking this news too pleasantly.
Many more reactions like this can be found on the Twitter post.
Fans have not liked the way MacLean's panel has been constructed, he took over after Don Cherry was fired in 2019.
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