Gemini Award winner Scott Oake joined Sportsnet in June 2014 as a reporter for national NHL coverage across Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada, bringing 40 years of broadcast experience – including 20 years of experience with Hockey Night in Canada — to his role.
A native of Sydney, NS, Oake began his career in broadcasting as a volunteer at a Memorial University radio station while studying pre-medicine at the St. John’s, Newfoundland campus. Drawn to a career in sports media, he worked at CBC-St. John’s in radio and television before being hired full-time in 1974. Oake joined CBC Winnipeg in 1975, where he worked as a sports anchor onthe one-hour news program, 24 Hours. In 1979, he started contributing to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts, and joined the program as a full-time reporter during the 1996-97 NHL season.
In addition to his work with Hockey Night in Canada, Oake hosted the CFL on CBCfrom 1988 to 1996, and has covered a multitude of international sporting events, including 12 Olympic Games, the NHL, CFL, Calgary Stampede, and much more.
In 2003, he received a Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast for his exclusive interview with NHL legend Brett Hull.