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The hockey world is reacting to the tragic death of longtime TSN host Darren Dutchysen

Longtime TSN personality and SportsCentre host Darren Dutchyshen has died. He was just 57 years old. TSN made the announcement on social media this morning.

“Darren Dutchyshen was a legend of Canadian sports broadcasting, a great teammate and an integral part of TSN for the last three decades,” said Stewart Johnston, Senior Vice President, Sales & Sports, Bell Media.

“Darren is a larger than life personality, his incredible sense of humor and magnetic energy made him a natural presenter who easily connected with viewers. His enthusiasm reminded us every day why we love sports. Above all, Darren was a friend to all of us at TSN and we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his loved ones.”

Dutchyshen started at TSN back in 1995 and hosted the weekend edition of Sportscentre. Since then he has been a fixture on the Sportscentre stand, co-hosting with Rod Smith and later Jennifer Hedger.

In 2021, Dutchyshen announced that he had prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment. He took a year off to battle the illness and made a memorable return in 2022.


“He died surrounded by his closest family,” the Dutchyshen family said. “His sharp wit remained until his final moments, classically delivering many jokes – most of them quite good and all of them inappropriate.”

The entire Canadian sports world, and especially the Canadian hockey community, is mourning the loss of Dutchyshen this morning. Check out some of these thoughtful messages from Dutchyshen’s friends and colleagues:
















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