TORONTO - George Stroumboulopoulos has officially been announced as the new host of "Hockey Night in Canada."

The veteran CBC-TV personality will anchor NHL coverage beginning in October 2014.

It's the first major personnel change made by Rogers after acquiring the NHL rights in a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion deal in November.

Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek were also announced as "cornerstones" of Rogers' coverage in a news release issued Monday.

Cherry and MacLean will continue to host "Coach's Corner" every Saturday.

The announcement was timed with the news from CBC that Stroumboulopoulos's Gemini Award-winning chat show would be cancelled after the completion of its 10th season.

(The Canadian Press)