Cassie Campbell, the former captain of Canada’s national women’s hockey team, is joining Hockey Night in Canada’s broadcast team.
Campbell, who led Canada to two Olympic gold medals before retiring in August, will be a sideline reporter during games, a source told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
Neither Campbell nor Hockey Night in Canada’s executive producer Joel Darling would confirm it Tuesday, but Campbell is expected to be announced as part of CBC’s broadcast team Thursday.
Brenda Irving was the first woman to be part of the HNIC crew in 2001 and she was followed by Martine Gaillard, who was an intermission and post-game reporter before she moved to Sportsnet in 2005.
Cammi Granato, the U.S. women’s team captain, was a sideline reporter for NBC’s NHL games last season.
Campbell, a 32-year-old from Brampton, Ont., is the only Canadian hockey player, male or female, to serve as national team captain for two Olympic gold medal-winning squads, which she did this year in Turin, Italy, and 2002 in Salt Lake City.
The five-foot-seven, 150-pound forward had 32 goals and 68 assists in 157 career games for Canada.