Leah Hextall Bio, Wiki
Leah Hextall is a Canadian sports journalist and ice hockey play-by-play broadcaster. In March 2020, she became the first woman to call play-by-play for a nationally televised NHL game as part of Sportsnet’s first all-female broadcast team.
Leah Hextall Age
Hextall is 42 years old as of 2023. She was born in 1981 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
Leah Hextall Height
Her actual height has yet to be revealed, but it will be updated as soon as her body measurements are released.
Leah Hextall Family
Hextall was born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, as the second child of Randy and Elizabeth Hextall. Randy, her father, regrettably, died. Her mother, Elizabeth, has spent more than 44 years of her nursing career safeguarding the health and safety of others.
Bryan Hextall, her grandpa, was a Canadian ice hockey player who played for the NHL’s New York Rangers. Bryan was inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame in 1969.
Leah Hextall Husband
Hextall is a very private person when it comes to her personal details. Thus details of her relationship status are not known to the public. We will be sure to update you once this information is available to us.
Leah Hextall Education
She studied at the Vincent Massey High School, a public high school in Brandon, Manitoba. Also, she studied at Brandon University.
She graduated from the Columbia Academy of Radio, Television, and Recording Arts in Vancouver with a diploma in Radio and TV Broadcasting.
Leah Hextall Career
Hextall earned a diploma in radio and television broadcasting from the Columbia Academy of Radio, Television, and Recording Arts in Vancouver in 2003. From 2005 to 2012, she worked for CTV Winnipeg, then from 2012 to 2014, she hosted NESN Sports Today on the New England Sports Network (NESN). She joined Sportsnet in 2014 as a studio host for regional Calgary Flames hockey broadcasts.
She became interested in improving her skill set after being let go in 2016 as part of bigger organizational restructuring at Sportsnet, and, noting the lack of women in play-by-play announcing in ice hockey, became committed in pursuing play-by-play. Inspired by famous NHL broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick and Cassie Campbell-Pascall, the first female color commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, both of whom she had worked with in previous hosting positions, she began honing her announcing talents.
In January 2018, she made her broadcast debut as a play-by-play announcer for four Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) games. In January 2019, she returned to the post for the CWHL, notably utilizing the non-standard term “defencewoman” to refer to the defensive players. During that time, Hextall called games on the side, mostly for free, including for the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL).
Hextall has a weekly piece on AM radio station 680 CJOB in Winnipeg called “Hextall on Hockey,” which is repeated on a number of stations across Canada. The under two-minute parts are linked by the concept of ice hockey, and while the Winnipeg Jets are the most frequently mentioned team, Hextall has used the feature to highlight concerns inside the hockey industry, such as sexism and other social injustices.
The New York Post claimed in May 2021 that Hextall had been signed by ESPN to the NHL on ESPN broadcast crew as a play-by-play commentator and to “other jobs” for the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season. The Athletic later verified her appointment, calling her “the first woman to occupy [a play-by-play] job as part of a national TV broadcast.” As of the 2022-2023 season, Hextall is employed by ESPN as a broadcaster on “selected games.”
Leah Hextall Salary
Her annual salary is estimated to range between $ 100,000 – $ 500,000.
Leah Hextall Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her career as a journalist.