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Algonquin College fall speaker series highlighted by TSN’s Bob McKenzie

TSN's Bob McKenzie will be talking about his book Hockey Confidential as part of the Algonquin College Speaker Series.

TSN's Bob McKenzie will be talking about his book Hockey Confidential as part of the Algonquin College Speaker Series.

The NHL’s top insider will highlight Algonquin College’s Fall Speaker Series.

Bob McKenzie, who has been TSN’s most respected hockey analyst for more than three decades, will be in Pembroke on Wednesday, Nov. 4 for a mid-afternoon talk about his new book “Hockey Confidential”. He will also answer questions on anything related to Canada’s national sport.

McKenzie has won numerous broadcasting awards including a Gemini award for best studio analyst in 2008 and in 2013, Sports Illustrated named him one of the 20 most powerful figures in sports.

He has written two books, “Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a Hockey Parent” and “Hockey Confidential”, which chronicles untold stories about hockey people including former Pembroke Lumber Kings owner and head coach Sheldon Keefe. This year, McKenzie was recognized for excellence in sports journalism when he received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award.

Jamie Bramburger, Algonquin College’s manager of community and student affairs says securing McKenzie as part of the speaker series is very exciting.

“Pembroke is known as Hockey Town Canada and the passionate hockey fans of the Ottawa Valley are very familiar with McKenzie and his incredible talent as a hockey commentator,” Bramburger adds. “For anyone who loves hockey, this will be a very special presentation.”

The college is also hosting journalist and political historian Arthur Milnes who will present “The Prime Ministers of Pembroke” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, only a few days after Canadians have elected a new government.

Milnes, who has been a speech writer for prime ministers, is also the city of Kingston’s John A. MacDonald Bicentennial Ambassador and is currently writing a book about Canada’s most historical Prime Ministers.

During his research, Milnes has uncovered a number of connections between the city of Pembroke and the country’s top leaders.

“Since the days of Sir John A. and on through Wilfrid Laurier up to the present day, Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley have enjoyed a special relationship with Canada’s Prime Ministers and even an American President or two,” says Milnes. “I look forward to sharing some great stories with the audience about these connections.”

Milnes had a brief stint as a reporter with the Pembroke Daily Observer early in his career. As a journalist and writer, he has interviewed every Canadian Prime Minister dating back to Pierre Trudeau. He has also interviewed several American presidents including Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.

Tickets for the Bob McKenzie and Art Milnes talks are on sale now at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus and cost $15 each in advance or $20 at the door.