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2 terrible deaths have been announced in the hockey world

Published May 16, 2024 at 12:03

The hockey world has been struck by two sad news stories in the past few hours.

Firstly, Darren Dutchysen, one of the big figures on the TSN network, has passed away.

Reactions are pouring in from all sides to pay tribute to him.

Here is the official statement from Bell Media, which has lost a great figure in its empire.

"Following the death of the beloved Canadian commentator and longtime Sportscentre host on TSN, Darren Dutchyshen, TSN has released the following statement: 'Darren Dutchyshen was a legend of Canadian sports broadcasting, a great teammate, and a key part of TSN for the past three decades,' said Stewart Johnston, Senior Vice President, Sales and Sports, Bell Media.

'Darren's larger-than-life personality, incredible sense of humor, and magnetic energy made him a natural broadcaster who easily connected with viewers. His enthusiasm reminded us every day why we love sports. More importantly, Darren was a friend to all of us at TSN, and we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his loved ones.'

And there are hundreds of similar statements about Dutchysen.

We also wish to offer our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the excellent Darren Dutchysen, who was still so young and obviously extremely well-liked by everyone.

He was only 57 years old.

Dutchysen announced in 2021 that he was unfortunately suffering from cancer, but he had returned to the air since then, and it seemed to be going better. What terrible news.

The NHL announces the death of Bill Friday, in addition to the death of Darren Dutchysen

Still in the category of terrible news, the National Hockey League and the NHL Alumni Association have announced the death of Bill Friday.

Friday is one of the most popular referees in the history of the NHL and the WHA, and the older ones certainly know him.

"Sad to learn of the passing of the legendary NHL/WHA referee, Bill Friday. I had my share of penalty minutes with Bill as the referee. Years later, when I started my refereeing career, I saw him in Florida. We laughed about the good old days. Condolences to Donna, their son, Don, and his many friends." - Paul Stewart

Some refer to him as "the royalty of referees." He was always there in the big moments, and he was at the heart of several historic moments.

Our condolences to his loved ones and families.

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