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All-female broadcast team will cover an NHL game for the first time ever

An all-female broadcast team will cover an NHL game for the first time in Canadian history on Sunday.

The Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights on March 8 will be covered by play-by-play announcer Leah Hextall, game analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascall and reporter Christine Simpson.

The broadcast will also be produced by an all-female team live from Calgary, Toronto and Salmon Arm, B.C., including executive producer Alison Redmond, director Dawn Landis and game producer Maria Skinner.

The trailblazing move is part of Sportsnet's week-long celebration of International Women’s Day.

The campaign has featured interviews with Olympic female athletes, women's hockey players and a touching conversation with Nikki Reyes — the Toronto Raptors VP of Basketball Operations, who helped bring the team to victory in 2019.

Announcer Leah Hextall called Sunday's game "a career milestone."

She said, "I can't even say it's a dream come true because growing up, I didn't know this was possible... I'm proud to join these talented women as we push for progress for women and girls. Representation matters because if you can see it, you start to believe that you can be it."

NBC Sports is also debuting an all-female broadcast team on Sunday for an NHL game between the Blues and the Blackhawks.

Lead photo by

Leah Hextall


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