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TSN broadcaster Darren Dutchyshen dies at 57

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Canadian sports broadcaster and longtime TSN personality Darren Dutchyshen died Wednesday, the sports network announced Thursday. He was 57.

TSN did not provide a cause of death. The Dutchyshen family said in a statement to TSN that Dutchyshen “passed as he was surrounded by his closest loved ones.”

“His sharp wit remained until his final moments, classically delivering plenty of jokes — most of them pretty good and all of them inappropriate,” the family said.

Dutchyshen, a widely-known sports media figure in Canada, began his career with TSN in 1995 as a host for weekend editions of “SportsDesk” and “CFL Live.” He became a pillar of the network’s “SportsCentre” news program, and also hosted Olympic Prime Time broadcasts on TSN during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Dutchyshen was born in Regina and raised in Porcupine Plain, Sask. Before joining TSN, Dutchyshen worked at STV and IMTV, and hosted ITV’s “Sports Night in Edmonton” for seven years.

“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, Bell Media’s senior vice president of sales & sports. “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.”

What Dutchyshen meant to Canadian sports fans

This is heartbreaking news for Canadian sports fans to wake up to. A generation of us grew up with Dutchyshen as a regular presence in our world, guiding us through the day’s highlights on “SportsDesk” and later “SportsCentre.”

His combination of gentle humor and genuine enthusiasm let you know that he was one of us — a true sports fan who knew the games and could break down all the angles, but with a barely contained smile that let you know how thrilled he was to be bringing it all to us. Canadian sports media won’t be the same without him. — Sean McIndoe, NHL senior writer

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