by Michelle Butterfield

Global News

May 16, 2024

FILE – Darren Dutchyshen arrives at the 2015 MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 21, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Isaiah Trickey / FilmMagic via Getty Images

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,” said Stewart Johnston, Senior Vice President, Sales & Sports, Bell Media, in a statement 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.”

Dutchyshen began his TSN career in 1995 and became a mainstay over the next three decades.

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

His TSN career began as weekend host of SportsDesk and CFL Live, before moving over to host the late night edition of SportsCentre.

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