TORONTO (October 2, 2019) – With the puck dropping tonight on the new hockey season, Canada’s Sports Leader announced today that TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie has signed a five-year contract extension that will see him continue to keep hockey fans informed across all TSN platforms through the 2024-25 season.
In the 2019-20 season, McKenzie will continue to do what he’s been doing for more than 30 years at TSN – being the most-trusted news and information voice in the hockey community, and a ubiquitous presence across TSN platforms.
Starting next season, McKenzie will evolve his role at Canada’s Sports Leader while continuing to focus his industry-leading analysis on TSN’s coverage of the World Juniors, TSN Draft Ranking specials, select LEAFS ON TSN games, and, of course, TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, and more.
“I’ve been in the hockey media business for 40 years, more than 30 of it at TSN, and I could not be more proud, honoured, and excited to know I’m going to continue to be part of the TSN family for so many years to come,” said McKenzie. “This is home for me. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
“I can’t wait to get started on this new season of doing the same all-encompassing Hockey Insider work I’ve been doing for decades,” added McKenzie. “I’m also looking forward, beyond this season, to maybe slowing down a little. This contract extension allows me to do that but ensures I’ll continue to have a prominent role and continued presence on TSN.”
“Bob McKenzie sets the bar that makes TSN’s hockey coverage the best in the business,” said Nathalie Cook, Vice-President, TSN. “Bob’s encyclopedic hockey knowledge, deep connections in the industry, and consummate professionalism make him a model of excellence for our entire organization, and we could not be more thrilled to have him with us at TSN for years to come.”
Famous to Canadians for delivering breaking news and analysis punctuated with wit and wisdom from his more than 40 years’ experience covering hockey, McKenzie is the definitive authority on the hockey world. Using his unparalleled contacts, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a genuine love for the game, McKenzie has earned a reputation as the most-informed, most-trusted, and most-connected journalist in the business. In 2015, McKenzie was recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the prestigious Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.
McKenzie is Twitter’s #1 choice for breaking news and analysis of the biggest stories in the game. With more than 1.6 million followers, McKenzie is the most followed media personality in Canada.
Hockey on TSN
TSN is home to the Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs as part of its package of 190+ regional NHL regular season games. TSN delivers 60 Jets games on TSN3, 50 Canadiens games on TSN2, 55 Senators games on TSN5, and 26 Leafs games on TSN4, all in the teams’ respective designated broadcast regions.
TSN complements its live hockey coverage with Canada’s fan-favourite hockey news and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of Hockey Insiders and analysts. TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming includes SPORTSCENTRE, 7-ELEVEN THAT’S HOCKEY, and the network’s slate of signature hockey specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING.
Champions Live Here as TSN is also the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international events including the IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP, ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada.
TSN’s slate of live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP, as well as the HLINKA GRETZKY CUP.