Bob McKenzie: The Best There is in Hockey
With that said, when talking about who the best is, especially in terms of hockey media, there really should not be any kind of debate. This particular person who works in the media is one who has seen and done it all while following and covering the great game of hockey.
That man is TSN's Bob McKenzie. If you're one of McKenzie's 697 thousand followers on Twitter, than you already know this to be true for several reasons.
For starters, it is clear that Bob is passionate about the game. He Tweets about all kinds of hockey whether it is the NHL, AHL, junior's or even minor hockey, which shows that when it comes to this sport, nothing is off limits for Bob.
Bob's passion for the sport was passed down to both of his sons, Mike and Shawn. Mike played a lot of hockey growing up and was even in the minors for awhile before becoming an assistant coach with the OHL's Kitchener Rangers while Shawn is a broadcaster for Rogers Sportsnet.
Via e-mail, Mike explained to me that his dad's passion for the game was never forced onto him or his brother and rather, allowed both himself and his brother to develop their own love for the game.
"He never forced us to be passionate about hockey as it just came naturally," McKenzie explained. "We talked a lot about hockey growing up and still do, but it was just natural when it came to being passed down to us. When you are around the game a lot, you never think twice about being passionate because it just happened on its own."
Bob passed down his passion and love for the game to his sons in a variety of different ways. For Mike, it was through going to hockey-related events.
"He would always take me with him anywhere he went whether it was Memorial Cups, World Junior's, Stanley Cup's, or any hockey event," McKenzie said. "I was fortunate enough to get to see all these events and get a behind the scenes look at a lot of hockey which allowed me to learn a lot and get hooked at a very young age."
Besides his passion for the game, Bob is the best reporters/analysts/insider in the industry. He knows everyone in the sport, has good relationships with people both in and out of the game, is great at keeping relationships with sources and is someone that when it comes to breaking hockey news, is one of the first people that the league and its fans go to for the latest scoop.
This is not an easy thing to do. In a world where there are anonymous writers/bloggers who try to prove that they can out-scoop the best insiders in the industry, Bob is one of the most trusted sources a hockey fan can go to.
His son may be biased considering who raised him, but like other hockey fans, he knows that his dad is one of the most respected reporters the game has ever had.
"I think he has done a great job of reporting facts and basis his business on being honest, loyal and credible," McKenzie said. "I have met many other hockey people and they share the same view that I do."
Lastly, Bob is just a great human being in general. He supports a lot of different causes and is also helpful to many aspiring full-time hockey scribes, including yours truly.
"I truly believe he is one of the good people in the game," Mike admitted. "
He's not just one of the good people in the game, folks. He's the best.