Long-time TSN anchor Darren Dutchyshen dies at age 57


Veteran TSN broadcaster Darren “Dutchy” Dutchyshen, long-time host of SportsCentre, has died. He was 57.

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

“A larger-than-life personality, Darren’s incredible sense of humour and magnetic energy made him a natural broadcaster who connected easily with viewers. His enthusiasm reminded us every day of why we love sports. Most significantly, Darren was a friend to all of us at TSN, and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with his loved ones.”

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Dutchyshen started his TSN profession in 1995 and have become a mainstay over the following three a long time.

He was born in Regina, Sask., and raised in Porcupine Plain, Sask. He minimize his enamel within the broadcast trade with early jobs at STV in Saskatoon and IMTV in Dauphin, Man. He went on to work seven years because the host of ITV’s Sports Night in Edmonton (now Global Edmonton).

His TSN profession started as weekend host of SportsDesk and CFL Live, earlier than transferring over to host the late night time version of SportsCentre.

Dutchyshen was recognized with prostate most cancers in 2021, forcing him to step away from the published desk to maintain his well being. He returned to the published in September 2022, regardless of having metastatic most cancers current all through his physique.

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“The place that I feel best is right here,” he stated throughout his return to the SportsCentre desk.

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“He passed as he was surrounded by his closest loved ones,” the Dutchyshen household stated in a press release to TSN. “His sharp wit remained until his final moments, classically delivering plenty of jokes — most of them pretty good and all of them inappropriate.”

TSN says it plans to honour Dutchyshen over the approaching days, inviting shut buddies and associates to share their recollections “about what made him truly one of a kind.”

Within an hour of the announcement of his passing Thursday, the time period “RIP Dutchy” started to development on X (previously Twitter), with sports activities followers and trade colleagues sharing their recollections and tributes.

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