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BOB MCKENZIE ENTERS 'SOFT RETIREMENT'

The man many consider to be the most informed and accurate source of insider hockey information on the planet is going into retirement, sort of. Bob McKenzie has announced that he will no longer appear as an in-studio analyst for TSN, something he has been doing since 1986.

"Today is the last day of my working life as I have known it for more than 40 years," McKenzie said on Twitter. "Not as much the end of the road as it is a move into the slow lane."

"So after [Monday's] NHL draft lottery, I'm going to sit out the balance of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. I've got a few weeks of vacation time coming before my existing contract with TSN expires in early September. This isn't goodbye as much as it is see you later. As reported in the spring, I have a new five year contract with TSN. I'll still be kicking around, but not nearly as much."

"I'll still be doing TSN's draft ranking three times a year. I'll still be covering the World Junior Hockey Championships annually for TSN. I'll still turn up on TSN's NHL deadline day TradeCentre and Free Agent Frenzy. I'll still be doing a handful of Toronto Maple Leafs regional games for 20-21, whenever it gets going."

"I turn 64 in in six days. I'm excited to be starting a new chapter in my life."



McKenzie has won various sports broadcasting awards throughout his career. Before and during his tenure with TSN, he served as editor-in-chief of The Hockey News and has also been a columnist with the Toronto Star. In October 2014, McKenzie and Darren Dreger began appearing as full-time contributors on NBCSN. This was due to the fact that TSN lost their NHL broadcasting rights package to Sportsnet. McKenzie will continue in that role for now.

TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 10, 2020  (9H01)
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