As Canada’s first sports network turns the page they celebrate a very proud milestone, TSN has turned 25 on September 1, 2009. As part of the celebration Kraft partnered with TSN to launch the national Kraft Celebration Tour which made its final stop in Paradise, New Found land, other stops on the tour included Kaslo, B.C.; Red Deer, AB; Watrous, SK; Dauphin, MB; Kingston, ON; Elk Lake, ON; Trois-Pistoles, QC; Fredericton Junction, NB, and Amherst, NS.
“We are all incredibly proud of TSN and what this network has accomplished. While much has changed in the sports broadcasting world over the past 25 years, the one thing that remains constant is Canada’s passion for sports. That passion has been displayed loud and clear throughout the Kraft Celebration Tour,” said Phil King, President of TSN. “Our 25th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to look back on the past, but also to look forward to what will be an exciting new era in sports broadcasting. Over the next 25 years TSN will remain firmly committed to bringing Canadians the best sports coverage possible.”
TSN Fun Facts
- Off the Record host Michael Landsberg has been with TSN since Day 1
- Before working at TSN, Gino Reda was a cook, John Lu was a financial advisor, TSN’s President Phil King was an accountant.
- The term “TSN Turning Point” has become part of the Canadian lexicon.
- TSN’s Vic Rauter has called more than 2,000 curling draws. He has also done play-by-play for auto racing, soccer, field hockey, squash, tennis and bowling along with reports on ice fishing and sheep shearing for SportsCentre.
- TSN’s primate prognosticator Maggie the Monkey retired after the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs after correctly predicting that the Pittsburgh Penguins would the Stanley Cup – it was first time she ever corrected picked a Stanley cup winner.
- Over the past 5 years, TSN’s Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie has an 85% accuracy rate in correctly selecting the Top 30 players taken in the NHL draft.
- There is close to a foot height difference between TSN co-anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.
- NHL on TSN analyst Pierre McGuire was cut after being hit by puck while calling a game from between the benches.
- During the off season CFL on TSN analysts keep busy. Matt Dunigan works for a cooking show and Jock Climie is a lawyer in Ottawa.
- James Duthie never really used to date Anna Kournikova – we don’t know who started that rumour.
- Sept. 1984 – TSN signs on-air as Canada’s first and only national 24-hour all sports television network on September 1.
- Feb. 1985 – TSN broadcasts its first NHL Game (All-Star Game) Apr. 1987 – TSN reaches one million subscribers.
- Sept. 1995 – TSN launches TSN.ca. Sept. 2001 – TSN introduces its new tagline, ‘Canada’s Sports Leader’.
- Sept. 2006 – TSN becomes the first Canadian broadcaster to deliver a daily newscast in High Definition.
- Aug. 2008 – TSN2 is launched.
- Jan. 2009 – 3.7 million Canadians watch World Junior Gold Medal game on TSN – highest audience ever on TSN.