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TSN Female Hockey Analysts and Broadcasters 2023-24

By Kapil Sapkota / 16 October 2023 03:16 AM

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TSN female hockey analysts are Tessa Bonhomme, Sarah Davis, Claire Hanna, Meaghen Johnson, Laura Diakun, and Kenzie Lalonde.

The Sports Network has been the broadcasting home of different leagues for a long including the National Hockey League. Many female sportscasters have been part of the broadcasting panel of these games.

Former player Cheryl Pounder is a prominent color analyst who covered the IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship for TSN in 2022. She replaced Ray Ferraro as EA Sports' NHL 24 color commentator.

Comparatively, the number of women broadcasters is less than that of males. However, the enthusiasm of female sportscasters is commendable.

In 2021, ESPN aired the Coyotes-Canadiens game on the network with the first all-female announcing team. Leah Hextall, Linda Cohn, and Cassie Campbell-Pascall received that historic opportunity.

TSN Female Broadcasters

The female hockey broadcasters of TSN are:

  • Tessa Bonhomme
  • Sarah Davis
  • Laura Diakun
  • Claire Hanna
  • Meaghen Johnson
  • Kenzie Lalonde

Television sports reporter Tessa Bonhomme joined The Sports Network in 2014 as a broadcasting member during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Bonhomme became the network's host for the French Open Primetime. She covered international hockey and regional Montreal Canadiens broadcasts. Prior to her broadcasting career at TSN, she worked for Leafs TV and GolTV Canada.

As a player, TEssa was a defenceman of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team since 2004. She helped Canada win 3 consecutive Women's 4 Nations Cups from 2004 to 2006.

Furthermore, Bonhomme became the World Champion with the Canadian team in 2007 and 2012, as well as the Olympic Champion in  2010.

Sarah Davis joined the Network in 2018. In advance of her journey with TSN, Davis served for NESN and covered a range of sports and events including extensive coverage of the Boston Bruins, HL Draft and Awards, HL All-Star Weekend, and so on.

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Davis currently works as an anchor for Canada’s most-watched sports news and information show, SportsCentre. Additionally, she also covered the Rugby World Championship at TSN.

A versatile sports journalist, Laura Diakun is an anchor for SportsCentre. She is also working at TSN as a host and reporter of live coverages of championship events from around the world.

Beginning her career at TSN in 2014, Diakun has hosted and reported numerous live events. Some of her notable coverage includes the IIHF Men’s and Women’s World Hockey Championships, the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and many more.

Claire Hanna has been working for The Sports Network since 2018. Primarily, Hanna delivers frequent game previews and breaking news stories of the NHL's Ottawa Senators and the football team Redblacks.

The writer and producer for TSN.ca, Meaghen Johnson covers women's hockey. She mainly reports the women's soccer of the Canadian national team.

Kenzie Lalonde was a play-by-play of the 2021 and 2022 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship. She also covered the Canada/USA Rivalry Series for TSN.

Lalonde also worked as the women’s hockey reporter at the 2022 Winter Olympics. She is now the Montreal Bureau reporter for SportsCentre and primarily covers the Montreal Canadiens and Alouettes.

TSN Hockey Announcers

The announcers of the NHL games on TSN are:

  • Bryan Mudryk
  • Dan Robertson

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Bryan Mudryk

Mudryk has been serving The Sports Network since October 2005. He currently works as a play-by-play announcer for the Montreal Canadiens.

Additionally, Mudryk is also a part of TSN's curling broadcasting team. The prominent sportscaster also used to host SportsCentre in the past.

Previous to his TSN career, Mudryk worked at CTV Edmonton as a sports anchor and reporter from 2001 to 2005. He also worked for A Channel Winnipeg from 1991 to 2001 as a sports reporter.

Mudryk was named the play-by-play announcer of the Canadiens regional games prior to the 2018-19 NHL season. He also calls play-by-play of the Ottawa Senators regional game when the regular announcers Chris Cuthbert and Gord Miller are unavailable.

Before starting hockey commentary, Mudryk worked as a curling announcer for different events. He called curling during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

Dan Robertson

Dan Robertson is the voice of the Winnipeg Jets games on TSN. Dan was hired as the play-by-play announcer for the Jets in April 2022.

Previously, he worked for 8 seasons as a radio play-by-play announcer for Canadiens games on TSN 690. He began radio broadcasting for Montreal in 2014.

When the Montreal Canadiens' regular TV play-by-play announcer Bryan Mudryk was unavailable, Robertson was called to perform the job.

In his early days, Dan was a skilled youth hockey player though he didn't play professionally. He also became an English major at Saint Mary’s University, in Halifax.

Robertson was a senior sports producer for EastLink TV where he covered Atlantic University Sports and junior hockey for over a decade. He also called the play-by-play for the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.

TSN NHL Commentators

The current TSN hockey commentators for the NHL games are listed below.

  • Mike Johnson
  • Jamie McLennan
  • Dave Poulin
  • Craig Button

Mike Johnson is an analyst for the TSN, as well as the NHL Network. Johnson was working for the Winnipeg Jets as a color commentator since the 2011-12 NHL season.

He started working for Sportsnet to broadcast national games when Rogers Media acquired the NHL broadcasting rights in 2014. The following year, Mike was assigned to his first two conference finals in a row.

He was released from the service by Rogers Media in August 2016. Johnson was hired by The Sports Network again in September 2017.

As a player, Johnson represented the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, and the St. Louis Blues.

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The full-time NHL analyst of TSN, Jamie McLennan provides commentary on the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators.

McLennan also co-hosts Overdrive on TSN2 and TSN 1050. In addition to The Sports Network, he also works for NBC Sports and NHL Network.

McLennan played 11 seasons in the NHL for different franchises from 1993 to 2007. The goalie was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1991.

Dave Poulin was hired by TSN as a hockey analyst on radio and TV in 2014.  Before his broadcasting career, Poulin was working as the General Manager of the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Poulin is a former player who spent his 13-season NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, and Washington Capitals. He was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2004.

Dave retired from professional playing after partially playing in the 1994-95 season with the Capitals. Following his retirement, Poulin worked for 10 years as the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

Craig Button is a key analyst on The Sports Network broadcast called "That's Hockey". On top of that, he is the Network's Director of Scouting.

Before coming to TSN, he worked as an analyst for the NHL Network's show, NHL on the Fly. Previous to his broadcasting career, Button was working as an executive for the NHL franchises. He was hired in the management panel of the Minnesota North Stars in 1988.

Button worked for the Dallas Stars from 1992 to 2000 and won the Stanley Cup with them in 1999. He also worked for the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Other Members of TSN Hockey Panel

Other hockey broadcasting personalities on TSN are listed below: 

  • James Duthie - Primary Studio Host
  • Darren Dutchyshen - Secondary Studio Host
  • Bob McKenzie - Studio Analyst
  • Jeff O'Neill - Studio Analyst
  • Farhan Lalji - Rinkside Reporter for Vancouver Canucks games
  • John Lu - Rinkside Reporter for Winnipeg Jets games

James Duthie is the host of TSN's hockey coverage including the award-winning NHL on TSN. The Canadian sportscaster was honored with the Gemini Award in 2009 for his work as host of TSN’s 10-hour show NHL on TSN TradeCentre 09.

Duthie was hired by the network in 1998. Prior to that, he worked for VTV and the CTV affiliate CJOH. Duthie received an International Edward R. Murrow Award for his work at CTV Ottawa.

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Darren Dutchyshen cohosts the evening edition of SportsCentre on TSN. He began his journey with the network in 1995 as a host of the weekend editions of SportsDesk and coverage of the Canadian Football League.

Dutchyshen began his sportscasting career at what was then STV in Saskatoon which is now renamed as Global. He worked for seven years for ITV's Sports Night in Edmonton.

Renowned hockey commentator, Bob McKenzie has been covering hockey for The Sports Network since he was hired by the channel in 1986.

With a vast range of experience, Bob delivers analysis for the NHL on TSN telecasts, NHL Draft, NHL Trade Deadline, Free Agency, and more.

The sportscaster became editor-in-chief of The Hockey News in 1982 and worked for the magazine for 9 years. In 1998, McKenzie was hired by the Toronto Star as a hockey columnist.

Jeff O'Neill currently works as a sports broadcaster and hockey analyst for the Toronto Maple Leafs games on TSN. He is also featured in TSN Hockey programs.

O'Neill joins OverDrive on TSN Radio 1050 as a co-host with host Bryan Hayes and co-host Jamie McLennan. Jeff played in 12 NHL seasons for the  Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Farhan Lalji was hired by the network in 1997 as an anchor for its flagship sports news program, SportsCentre. Lalji currently covers the Canucks games as a bureau reporter.

His past work includes coverage of the major leagues including the Stanley Cup Finals. Lalji has also covered the 2004, 2006, and 2010 Olympic Games.

John Lu covers the Winnipeg Jets games as a rinkside reporter. In the past, John has covered all major league games for The Sports Network.

Lu covered the Toronto Maple Leafs' games from 2002 through 2007. He then covered the Montreal Canadiens matches from 2007 to 2014.

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