Tessa Bonhomme Joins Leafstv

Maple leafs sports and entertainment just issued the following:

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) announced Friday that Olympic Gold Medalist and Canadian women’s hockey team member, Tessa Bonhomme, will join the organization as part of its Leafs TV and GOLTV Canada broadcast and digital teams. Bonhomme, 26, a Sudbury native and current member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Toronto Furies, will serve as host/commentator for the Toronto Maple Leafs pregame and postgame shows on Leafs TV, appear and report on flagship programs Leafs Today and [email protected], host Toronto FC telecasts on GOLTV Canada and share her unique insider perspective as an online contributor at www.mapleleafs.com.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Tessa to MLSE and to have her as a member of our broadcast team,” said Chris Hebb, senior vice-president of Broadcast and Content for MLSE. “We feel that Tessa’s personality and her wealth of hockey and sports experience will allow her to connect with our viewers and give unique perspectives on our teams.”

Hebb added, “MLSE has a history of hiring and growing great young broadcasters and Tessa is the next one.”

Bonhomme was a key member of Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal National Women’s Hockey Team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and has been with the national team program since 2004. While representing her country, she played an important role on teams that won Silver in Sweden in 2005, Gold in Canada in 2007, Silver in Finland in 2009 and Silver in Switzerland in 2011. She will continue to play for both Hockey Canada and the Toronto Furies, while working for
MLSE.Bonhomme was a two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (given annually to the top player in NCAA women’s hockey) while at Ohio State University where she majored in Speech and Hearing Science. She was named Ohio State Most Valuable Freshman in 2003-2004 and later served as co-captain. She was named first-team All-American her senior year (2008) and while with the Buckeyes she won various awards and broke the Ohio State single season record for the most points (45) by a defenceman. In 2010, she was selected first overall by the CWHL Toronto HC (now Furies) in their player selection draft.

Sports are my passion and I really enjoy connecting with others who share my love of the game,” said Bonhomme. “I’m very excited that MLSE has given me the opportunity to bring its viewers closer to the teams and sports they love; while I continue to play hockey for both Toronto and Canada. I truly get to live the best of both worlds.”

Most recently, Bonhomme was the first female hockey player to participate in the CBC’s hit show, “Battle of the Blades,” emerging victorious in a competition featuring former NHL players figure skating with female partners. Tessa was named the champion, along with her skating partner and fellow Gold Medal Olympian, David Pelletier.


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December 3, 2011 1:22 pm

Hopefully Tessa will have a bit more personality & a better voice than the montone speak that Cassie Campbell has on CBC & HNIC which I think she has based upon a commerical she does for a car dealership up in the Sudbury area seen on CTV Sudbury…..

design guy Paul
design guy Paul
December 4, 2011 1:20 pm

Good luck to Tessa. LeafsTV is a good learning place with a low, but loyal viewership to work in.

In terms of Cassie Campbell as noted in the previous comment, with any luck in a couple of years CBC will be out of HNIC and the brutal cast members, including Campbell, Healy, Simpson, Millen etc. will be on the outside looking in.

CBC definitely has some serious issues on Saturday night starting at the now very stale Coach’s Corner and the past best before date of Ron MacLean. It soon will be 2012, and HNIC is stuck in the 1990s.

December 5, 2011 8:47 am

Design Guy
I agree with your assessment of Cassie Campbell, but you are off on Healy, Simpson and Millen. Simpson may be a little dry at times but he is first rate. Healy is knowledgeable and humorous. Millen is solid.

Not sure who you would want to replace these folks with but I doubt you could find any better.

Good luck to Bonhomme is her new broadcasting career

December 5, 2011 11:20 am

I really hope this doesn’t mean Leafs TV will start showing women’s hockey. I know they’re desperate for content but please…..women’s hockey???

December 5, 2011 4:36 pm

Don’t watch much women hockey but do the same criteria of hiring male former hockey players is the same as women. Checking line guys who spend most of their time fighting. (with the exception of Craig Simpson)

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