SNL cast member Kenan Thompson to host 2019 NHL Awards

Kenan Thompson presents the award for outstanding drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Chris Pizzello/Invision via AP)

Emmy-award winning actor Kenan Thompson will host the 2019 NHL Awards in June, the NHL announced Wednesday.

Thompson is currently in his record 16th season as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Hockey fans may also recognize him from his role in “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “D3: The Mighty Ducks.”

“My first movie role was in ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’ so my connection to hockey dates back to my childhood,” said Thompson in a press release. “I have a great deal of admiration for hockey players and the NHL, so I’m excited to be a part of the 2019 NHL Awards show and its celebration of the year’s best performances.”

“We are thrilled to have Kenan as the host of the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone,” said Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer & executive vice president in a press release. “Twenty-five years after making his big screen debut in a hockey movie, we are psyched that he will return to his roots to host this year’s event.”

The NHL Awards will take place on June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live on Sportsnet.

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