TSN and Bell Media Radio announced on Thursday that highly-respected ESPN hockey journalist Pierre LeBrun will join the networks as a Hockey Insider. LeBrun will continue to work for ESPN writing his influential hockey blog on ESPN.com.
In his new role at TSN, LeBrun will work closely with TSN's team of Hockey Insiders and analysts breaking news and delivering in-depth analysis on TSN's slate of hockey programs and specials. Fans can expect to see LeBrun regularly on NHL ON TSN, SportsCentre, That's Hockey, and That's Hockey 2Nite as well as a contributor to TSN's extensive TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY and NHL ENTRY DRAFT coverage.
LeBrun will also be a regular contributor on Bell Media's sports radio outlets TSN RADIO 1050, The Team 1040 in Vancouver and THE TEAM 990 in Montreal.
"Our all-star team of hockey commentators just got even better. Having Pierre join Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger allows us to give fans more of the inside hockey information they crave," said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. "As we continue to expand our hockey coverage across multiple platforms it's a major advantage that we can work with our partners at ESPN to secure someone of Pierre's stature."
LeBrun will join McKenzie, Dreger and host James Duthie on Insider Trading – a new NHL on TSN segment that provides the inside word on everything happening in the hockey world.
Among the most connected journalists in hockey, LeBrun has covered the NHL's biggest stories and events for close to 20 years. Prior to joining ESPN, LeBrun was a national hockey reporter for the Canadian Press. In 2005, LeBrun was the recipient of Sport Media Canada's Outstanding Sports Writing Award for his coverage of the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. He has also been a contributor to Hockey Night in Canada.
''I've enjoyed the competition with Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger over the years but I think being teammates now will be even more rewarding,'' said LeBrun. ''I have tremendous respect for Bob, Darren, James and the entire TSN hockey staff and could not be happier at the opportunity that presents itself. Along with my work at ESPN.com, I think TSN and Bell Media Radio are great fits.''