Bob McKenzie, the TSN Hockey Insider, grew up in Scarborough. Over a 30-year career, he has become one of the most respected analysts in the business. As well as broadcasting and feature writing, Bob shares his insights on the NHL, junior and international hockey with over 1.57 million followers on Twitter. He fields updates and breaking news for Sports Centre, the Hockey Insider feature on TSN.ca; Bob is heard weekly on TSN radio and also hosts The TSN Hockey Bob Cast podcast.
Growing up in Scarborough, his father worked for DeHavilland while also holding down a second job in a car dealership. Among his nicknames, McKenzie has been called “Two Job Bob,” having followed his father’s strong work ethic. A Ryerson journalism graduate, he got his start as a sportswriter at the Sault Star. Returning to Toronto he found part-time work in the sports department of the Globe and Mail before accepting the job of editor-in-chief of The Hockey News until joinng TSN in 1986, providing hockey coverage for the network and as a columnist for the Toronto Star.
McKenzie is the recipient of the highest honour in hockey journalism: the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame, given “in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honour to journalism and to hockey.” The Hockey News has also recognized his considerable contributions, naming him nine times as one of the game’s 100 most powerful and influential people.
Reflecting his career, Bob told an interviewer;
“For a kid who grew up in Scarborough, everything was about winning the Stanley Cup. That was the dream and the aspiration for every kid. For me, to be at every Stanley Cup final since the first one I covered in 1983 – that’s where I take stock, remind myself how cool of a job I’ve got and how lucky I’ve been to have a career that I’ve got.”
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