The hockey world was in shock today as the news was broken that popular sports writer, Jason Botchford had passed away this past weekend.
The Ontario native was a highly respected hockey-journalist and reporter, very prominent in the Vancouver sports scene and his family sadly announced this morning that he had passed of apparent heart failure at the age of 48.
Botchford began his career in Vancouver with The Province as a news reporter, but quickly moved on to cover the National Hockey League, more specifically the Vancouver Canucks – he most recently began work for popular sports outlet The Athletic, and also worked in radio for TSN 1040 and made regular appearances on TSN’s That’s Hockey.
The former Canucks beat reporter is survived by his wife and children, and as a longtime resident of the city of Vancouver and a coveted friend and colleague of many, emotions are high across the Twitter-verse today.
— The Athletic HQ (@TheAthletic) May 1, 2019
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— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) May 1, 2019
He was the Batman to my Robin. I have zero words for this. I don't even know how to process this. I'm gonna miss you Botch. You had such a huge impact on my writing and were also a friend away from the writing game. I don't know what else to say or think.
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) May 1, 2019
I am shattered. Just sitting here in a daze. I have lost the best podcasting partner a guy could ask for. Botch was also a friend, colleague, travelling companion & a driving force in #Canucks coverage. So many great memories. My sincerest sympathy to his family. #ripbotch 💔
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) May 1, 2019
Gutted like everyone today. Botch and I were rivals on this medium, but friends behind scenes, as most figured out. An unspeakable loss to his friends and family, to this market & Canadian sports media. Unique, creative, passionate, entertaining. We'll miss him a lot. #RIPBotch
— Andrew Walker (@AndrewWalker650) May 1, 2019