Former Leafs player Nick Kypreos leaving Sportsnet after 21 years

Former Toronto Maple Leafs player and Sportsnet hockey analyst Nick Kypreos has announced that he will be leaving the cable network that worked for since its launch in Oct. 1998, after almost 21 years.

In a statement released on Twitter, Kypreos said that he was “grateful” for the opportunity to work there, and that he and the company “decided to part ways,” but did not elaborate on the reasons behind his sudden departure.

“From covering Sid’s golden goal in Vancouver to a Saturday night seat on Hockey Night in Canada,” he wrote, “I could not have asked for more.”

He added, “Most of all, I would like to offer a sincere thank you to the hockey fans. Simply put, hockey is nothing without you. I’ve felt your passion since day one.”

Kypreos also said that his family was excited for upcoming projects and adventures.

Sportsnet said on social media that Kypreos has been an “integral” part of the company and their hockey coverage from the beginning.

“He established himself as one of the most trusted and respected names in Canadian sports broadcasting,” they wrote. “He is a true professional and his commitment, dedication, and passion helped Sportsnet grow into the leader it is today.”

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Correction: A previous version of this story said that Nick Kypreos helped found Sportsnet in 1998. In fact, he helped to launch the network.

Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas

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