CFL play-by-play man Chris Cuthbert leaves TSN for Sportsnet

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The voice of the Canadian Football League: Chris Cuthbert, has left TSN for Sportsnet.

Cuthbert joined TSN in June 2005 as play-by-play announcer for the CFL on TSN and the three-letter network’s hockey coverage. He called 16 Grey Cups while at TSN, his last the Winnipeg Blue Bombers triumph in November 2019.

“Sportsnet owns the No. 1 sports property in the country and I’ve always felt there is something special about broadcasting hockey games on Saturday nights,” Cuthbert said.

“I look forward to having the opportunity and honour of contributing once again to the distinguished tradition of Hockey Night in Canada and delivering the NHL playoffs as a member of the Sportsnet broadcast team. Along with my new colleagues, I count down the days until the puck drops again in 2020.”

The 62-year-old started his broadcast career in 1979 and has called CFL and NHL games for many years along with various Olympic sports. Among his most memorable and career-defining calls is Sidney Crosby’s “golden goal” from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Cuthbert is a five-time Canadian Screen Award (formerly Gemini) winner for his broadcasting work as well as a Sports Media Canada Broadcaster of the Year honouree and is also a member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame.

“After 15 years at TSN I’m moving on. Just want to send out love, respect and gratitude to the amazing men and women I’ve had the privilege to work with since 2005. You were all star teammates and made me better at my job. You will all be missed,” Cuthbert wrote on Twitter.

Moving to Sportsnet could allow Cuthbert to check off a lifelong bucket list item: call a Stanley Cup Final.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.