Dan Robertson announced Thursday afternoon that he will be leaving TSN Radio 690 as theatrical broadcaster for the Canadiens Games.
Robertson has spent the past eight seasons as a stage voice for English radio for the Canadian club, working with color commentator and former Canadian player Sergio Momeso. Brian Mudryk is the TSN announcer for regional television games Canadiens, and Robertson has filled in occasionally in the past.
“I called my last game here on TSN 690 for the Montreal Canadiens,” Robertson told Melnick. “I’m going… I can’t say where I’m going or what’s going to happen, but I’m done.
“It’s mixed feelings, sure,” Robertson added, “because I liked this so much.” “It’s been eight seasons and I’ve made a lot of friends and I still have those friends. It’s just something I had to do and it’s kind of hard to dive into even though I was the one who made it, or I agreed. It’s going to be hard… It was really important in my life to be the voice of the Hab.
“It’s really a good opportunity,” Robertson said of his new job. “It’s the right move for me.”
A possible landing spot for Robertson could be Winnipeg. Long-time play-by-play announcer Dennis Biak for the Jets’ regional matches on TSN Television, has retired after last season. Robertson said the official announcement of where he will operate next should come within 7-10 days.
Robertson grew up in Trenton, NS, a town of about 3,000 people. Prior to taking a liaison job with Canadiens Games, he was a senior sports producer at EastLink TV, covering Atlantic University Sport and junior hockey for over a decade and a half while also playing for QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.
“I never thought about doing (play by play) until I was 30, actually,” Robertson told the Montreal Gazette last year. “I went to broadcasting school in my mid-twenties and then moved to the States for a few years and didn’t do broadcasting. I went back to Canada and kind of started filling in a cable station. I was a hockey fan and the chief there said, ‘Would you like to make some comments? Colorful on the Halifax Mooseheads games?” And I said, ‘Sure.’ Then one day, the theatrical guy didn’t show up and I thought, ‘Yeah, I can do that.’ I really liked it right away and it kind of went from there.
“You can’t teach someone how to do that,” Robertson added. “You can give them advice, and I’ve had advice ever since I got this job. I spoke with Chris Cuthbert (who left TSN for Sportsnet two years ago) a little bit. He helped me a lot picking (RDS play-by-play announcer) Pierre Houdi’s mind from Every once in a while and different radio guys too. I don’t want to say it’s one of those things you can or can’t do, but I think in my situation I just worked out and played as many games as I could and I think in the end I got better that way.”