Canadian Sports Anchor Passes Away at Age 57

Darren Dutchyshen, a well-known Canadian television sports anchor from The Sports Network, has passed away at the age of 57. His family stated that he was surrounded by loved ones until the end, maintaining his sharp wit and sense of humor. Dutchyshen was a host on TSN’s Sportscentre show since 1995 and was known for delivering jokes, many of which were inappropriate but always entertaining.

TSN did not immediately disclose the cause or location of Dutchyshen’s death. In 2021, he announced on Twitter that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, which led to a reduction in his on-air appearances. Stewart Johnston, senior vice president at Bell Media, TSN’s parent company, described Dutchyshen as a legend in Canadian sports broadcasting and praised his incredible sense of humor and passion for sports.

Dutchyshen began his career at TSN as the host of weekend editions of SportsDesk and CFL Live before becoming a mainstay on Sportscentre for nearly 30 years. He frequently shared the desk with co-anchors Rod Smith and Jennifer Hedger and also hosted Olympic Prime Time during the London 2012 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Porcupine Plain, Dutchyshen started his broadcasting career at STV in Saskatoon before moving to IMTV in Dauphin, Manitoba, and later hosting ITV’s Sports Night in Edmonton.

TSN has announced plans for a television tribute to Dutchyshen on Thursday evening to honor his legacy in sports broadcasting.

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