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TSN mourns the passing of Darren Dutchyshen

From a media release:

Following the passing of beloved Canadian broadcaster and longtime host of TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE Darren Dutchyshen, TSN has released the following statement:

“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. “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.”

“He passed as he was surrounded by his closest loved ones,” the Dutchyshen family said. “His sharp wit remained until his final moments, classically delivering plenty of jokes – most of them pretty good and all of them inappropriate.”

One of Canada’s most popular and engaging sports personalities, Dutchyshen began his TSN career in 1995, hosting weekend editions of SportsDesk and CFL Live.

Dutchyshen became a beloved mainstay on TSN’s flagship news program over the next three decades, often hosting late-night editions of SPORTSCENTRE alongside co-anchor Rod Smith and later with Jennifer Hedger.

Dutchyshen played a key role in the Kraft Celebration Tour, taking SPORTSCENTRE on the road across the country for several consecutive summers, and was the co-host of the boxing show In This Corner with Canadian trainer and cut man Russ Anber. He also hosted Olympic Prime Time on TSN during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Born in Regina and raised in Porcupine Plain, Sask., Dutchyshen’s first job as a sportscaster was with STV in Saskatoon, followed by a stint with IMTV in Dauphin, Man. He also spent seven years as the host of ITV’s Sports Night in Edmonton.

Viewers can watch TSN’s tribute to Darren Dutchyshen at TSN.ca.

Tonight (Thursday, May 16) in SPORTSCENTRE at 6 p.m. ET, TSN features a series of tributes to Dutchyshen, including a discussion of memories from some of his closest colleagues.


Major Upcoming Sporting Events: How to Watch in Canada

As summer quickly approaches, there is much to look forward to when it comes to viewing important competitions in real-time. In this article we outline a few, starting with the highly anticipated football event, Euro 2020. When it comes to this competition, historically the most successful teams have been Spain and Germany who each hold three titles. However, this year both England and France are looking good with top odds for the win and fans are eager to see where this may lead.

In this article we take a look at where exactly Canadian fans can watch this special event and several others from the comfort of their own living room televisions. After all, the opportunity to tune into major sports competitions is an invaluable aspect of fandom. Even when supporters may not be able to make it to an event in person, watching the live action surrounded by friends at home can sometimes be just as exciting an experience.

Euro 2020
With a total of 51 matches taking place across 11 major European cities, the Euros are this summer’s premier football event. The series, which is held every four years, has been in circulation since 1960 with 2020 being the first year of its cancelation. This summer, the UEFA Euro 2020 will celebrate its 60th birthday. The format of the 2020 Euros will mirror that of 2016 in which the top two countries in the final groups will proceed as well as those four who finish in third place.

Although the first game is not set to take place until June 11th, fans are already preparing themselves for an intense group of matches and picking their own personal favourites for the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

For Canadian-based supporters, they can tune into the either Bell Media or TVA television network to catch all the international football drama.

NBA Finals
The NBA is no stranger to Canadian-born sports enthusiasts and players. In 1995, the league expanded into the Great White North with two organizations, one being the Toronto Raptors who are still playing today in the Eastern Conference. Since then, the Raptors recently won their first NBA Championship in 2019 which was also the very first by a franchise not based in the U.S.

For all these reasons and more, basketball fans are prevalent in Canada and will most likely be highly interested in tuning in to this year’s Finals series, which is set to begin on July 8th. Right now, the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are Eastern Conference leaders, and the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns are shaking up things in the West.

Additionally, with sporadic injuries affecting some of the league’s top-performing playmakers like Lebron James, this season has been full of twists and turns. Fans can watch all regular and playoff matches as well as the Finals Championship games on Canada’s premier sports network, TSN. For non-cable holders, there is always the option to live stream the face offs or purchase an official NBA League Pass.

French Open
Moving onto tennis, the French Open will begin before the Euros, starting on May 30th and ending on June 13th. The Grand Slam tournament will be held in Paris at the Stade Roland Garros sports complex, the same venue it has occupied since 1928.

Tennis fans are well aware that Spanish born champion, Rafael Nadal is the event’s reigning king, having won each championship since 2017. Currently, he holds the most consecutive titles for men’s singles, an achievement that has earned him both national and international praise and recognition.

Canadians interested in watching one of tennis’ main events can see Nadal and others compete in real-time on TSN if that is included in the fan’s cable package. Both French and English commentary will be available. There is also the option to live stream the event or purchase an VPN if you happen to be out of the country but still want to watch.

Stanley Cup
As ice hockey is one of Canada’s, if not the most celebrated sport in the country, it’s safe to say that there are more than a few hockey enthusiasts residing in various parts of the nation. The NHL currently has seven different franchises which are Canadian based. They represent nearly all ten provinces, including Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto.

When it comes to important games, there’s no doubt that one of professional hockey’s best is the historic Stanley Cup. Having been around for well over 100 years, the competition awards the prestigious Stanley Cup to the first franchise to win four games in the series. Right now the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights are favoured, but Canada’s own Maple Leafs could definitely pull through for the North Division.

However, determining the final victor will be a long wait for fans as the Stanley Cup series won’t take place until sometime in July. Until then, residents in Canada can watch the games on Sportsnet and CBC. This goes for Cree fans as well, since the network announced in 2019 that it would begin broadening its services to provide Cree-language NHL broadcasts for Canadians.

Royal Ascot
Speaking of historic sports events, the Royal Ascot horse racing competition is one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious. In fact, it is a centerpiece of the country’s history with the sport and has always been a symbol of elegance and class.

This year, the five-day extravaganza will take place between June 15th and June 19th. Normally, seven races are set to take place each day as fans venture from various parts of England and abroad to enjoy the glamorous show. It is also one of the most important events on the calendar year for punters and bettors as experts weigh in on the best stallions and their odds of finishing first.

For those outside of the UK, the best way to view all the nail-biting action is by purchasing a VPN and streaming the event through the country’s network, ITV. This channel and its accompanying mobile app provides detailed coverage throughout the entire week.


You Can Still Watch The WSOP On TV

The World Series Of Poker is one of the biggest live events in poker, and players around the world consider its Main Event to be the holy grail, the ultimate goal and achievement for the pros. Winning any WSOP bracelet places players in a position of prestige, but the Main Event really does attract the widest and most talented fields, making it one of the most exhilarating competitions in the poker world. You can watch the WSOP Main Event on TSN.

TSN Coverage
The WSOP 2017, sponsored by 888 Poker, took place from July 8th to July 22nd. TSN was to cover the event in Canada, but originally said that they wouldn’t be showing the WSOP due to the popularity of shows like the Canadian Football League, Major League Baseball and SportsCentre. Shortly before the WSOP Main Event started, TSN announced that they would indeed be showing the event, and covered the tables live during the action.

For anyone who missed the live coverage of the WSOP, TSN are currently broadcasting repeats of the event on TSN and TSN HD at 3 p.m. ET, with later viewings on TSN 2 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.

About The WSOP 2017 Main Event
The World Series Of Poker is one of the most prestigious events in tournament poker, attracting thousands of players across a range of high-stakes buy-ins. This year marked the 48th anniversary of the annual event, which was held once again at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

The Main Event is No-Limit Hold Em Poker, and this year had a $10,000 buy-in. There were a total of 7,221 entrants, and the top 1,084 players finished in the money, winning back more than their buy-in. Like most poker games, the real prize money is stacked towards finishing in the top handful of entrants, and this year every player who made the final table walked away with at least $1 million.

WSOP 2017 Main Event Results
Spoiler Alert! If you do not know the results of the WSOP 2017 Main Event, and want to catch up on TSN over the coming weeks, then do not read the next paragraph.

The winner of the 2017 888 Poker WSOP Main Event was Scott Blumstein, who took home a total of $8,150,000 after beating second place Dan Ott with A-2 against Dan’s A-8. Blumstein started the final table with the chip lead, holding 27% of the total chips in play. He continued to play a solid game to eventually walk away with the Main Event bracelet, and a life-changing amount of money.

Watch WSOP on TSN
WSOP is an exciting television program which has grown in popularity since online qualifier Chirs Moneymaker won the title in 2003. The coverage includes in-table cameras to show player’s hole cards, hand values shown in percentages, and commentary by Lon McEachern and Norman Chad. You can watch the WSOP on TSN over the coming weeks. The next episodes will be shown on October 15th, and will show Part 4, 5 and 6 of the WSOP coverage.


TSN launches five national feeds


From a media release:

– TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 debut today across Canada, bringing sports fans 300+ hours of live programming this week –

– TSN feeds kick off live coverage today at 10:30 a.m. ET –

– TSN’s opening week broadcast schedule features multiple games airing at the same time from BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE and NCAA College Football, CFL matchups, expanded auto racing coverage, and more –

Beginning today, sports fans can access TSN’s newly expanded lineup of five national feeds with the debut of TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 across Canada. Sports fans can choose from 300+ hours of live programming across TSN’s new five feeds, as the opening week broadcast schedule features the US OPEN, CFL, BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE, NCAA College Football, auto racing, and more.

TSN begins airing live coverage across its new feeds today at 10:30 a.m. ET with a 30-minute US OPEN preview show on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5. Live from the TSN Studio, host Rod Smith breaks down how TSN’s new feeds give fans the choice of four different US OPEN matches airing at the same time beginning today at 11 a.m. ET.

“We’re thrilled to bring fans more sports and more choice than ever before,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “This week alone, fans can choose from more than 300 hours of live programming across TSN – and it all starts today, with our new feeds featuring three Canadian tennis players on the first day of the US OPEN. This is an exciting day for sports fans and an historic day for TSN.”

Programming Highlights
TSN’s programming highlights for today include the following (visit TSN.ca for complete broadcast information):

  • Live daytime and primetime coverage of four different matches from the US OPEN, including expanded coverage of Canadian players and encore presentations of the day’s biggest matches
  • A must-see BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE clash between defending champion Manchester City and runner-up Liverpool
  • The reveal of this year’s Kraft Celebration Tour grand prize winner of $100,000 in total, announced live on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SPORTSCENTRE
  • A MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL matchup between the New York Yankees @ Kansas City, followed by OLBERMANN PRESENTS PETE ROSE: 25 YEARS IN EXILE, an hour-long special marking the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball
  • Additional programming highlights offered across TSN feeds this week include multiple CFL matchups, the season kickoff of NCAA College Football, multiple BPL games, expanded auto racing coverage including NASCAR qualifying, and a slate of ESPN news and information shows, among them ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY.

For more information about TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, visit TSN.ca/5 for a complete broadcast schedule, channel listings, and frequently asked questions.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail