Bob McKenzie Biography – Bob McKenzie Wiki
Bob McKenzie is a Canadian hockey commentator who has covered hockey since joining TSN in 1986. As a TSN Hockey Insider and TSN’s Draft Expert, he provides analysis for NHL on TSN telecasts, as well as for the IIHF World Junior Championships, NHL Draft, NHL Trade Deadline, Free Agency, and for six Olympic Winter Games. In 1981, he quit The Sault Star and moved back to Toronto to earn a job in the sports department at one of the mainstream papers. Although he earned a position as a copy editor in The Globe and Mail’s sports department, he was not offered any full time positions.
In 1982, he was offered a position as editor-in-chief of The Hockey News. He stayed at The Hockey News for nine years before joining the Toronto Star as a hockey columnist until 1998. While with the Toronto Star, he was reporting from the Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room after a loss when he was asked to leave by Phil Esposito. Upon refusing, a scuffle ensued and he filed a complaint with Toronto police claiming assault. He went back to The Hockey News for three years where he participated in their half-hour segments on The Sports Network (TSN), and was eventually hired as an analyst for Canadian Hockey League games. He was eventually offered a position with TSN’s broadcasting team in 2000.
In honour of his reporting skills, he won the Gemini Award for Best Studio Analyst for his work on the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship: Gold Final. In October 2014, together with Darren Dreger they began appearing as a full-time contributors on NBCSN. This was due to the fact that TSN lost their NHL broadcasting rights package to Sportsnet. Two years later, he received the 2016 Canadian Screen award for Best Sports Analyst. He was awarded the 2015 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. He was later inducted in to the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2019, he signed a five-year contract extension with TSN.
While growing up,he went to school at Bendale Public School. After graduating from Ryerson Polytechnic University, he was hired for his first full-time newspaper job at the Sault Star in 1979.
Bob McKenzie Age
He was born Robert Malcomson McKenzie on August 16, 1956 in Toronto, Canada.
Bob McKenzie Wife
He married his wife Cindy McKenzie in 1980. They have three sons, all of whom played hockey.
Bob McKenzie Children
They have three sons, all of whom played hockey. One of his sons had to quit the sport due to concussions, his son Mike McKenzie went on to play professional.