NESN which has tapped Canada for an on-air hire in Hazel Mae, has gone to the Great White North once again to bring in a new host.
Leah Hextall, formerly from Canada’s #1 TV network, CTV and a fill-in anchor at TSN, moves to NESN where she will be an anchor/reporter.
If the last name is familiar then you must be a hockey fan. Leah’s grandfather, Bryan Hextall, Sr. is a Hockey Hall of Famer and her cousin, Ron is a former goaltender with the Philadelphia Flyers and a current Vice President/Assistant General Manager with the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
We have the NESN press release.
November 8, 2012 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that Leah Hextall will join NESN as an anchor/reporter. The Brandon, Manitoba, Canada native joins Adam Pellerin and Jaime Erdahl as new additions to NESN’s on-air team.
Hextall comes to NESN from CTV, Canada’s most-watched broadcast network, where she has served as a sports anchor/reporter since 2005. Her work at CTV was on the #1 national newscast in Canada and the top-ranked local newscasts in 11 of 12 major Canadian markets, with over 25 million viewers weekly. She also filled-in as a SportsCentre anchor on TSN, Canada’s equivalent to ESPN and the country’s most watched sports network.
In 2010, Hextall became one of the first females in Canada to host her own sports radio show when she launched “Amateur Hour” on TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg. A former amateur athlete herself, Hextall interviewed the best local athletes, from those who are just starting out to seasoned pros, every Monday at 7:00 PM.
“Leah is a skilled studio host and reporter with the experience and sports knowledge that will make her a great addition to our growing team of on-air anchors and reporters,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s Vice President of Programming and Production/Executive Producer. “Not only is Leah an energetic personality on the air, but her well rounded sports knowledge will allow her to take on many different assignments here at NESN.”
Hextall’s last name might be familiar to NHL fans, as she comes from a well-known hockey family in Canada with three generations of NHL experience. Leah’s grandfather Bryan Hextall, Sr. is an NHL Hall of Famer, and her cousin Ron Hextall, a former standout NHL goaltender, is the current LA King Vice President/Assistant General Manager who also serves as the General Manager of the Manchester (NH) Monarchs.
There you have it.