Tim Wharnsby

Tim has covered the hockey landscape and other sports in Canada for more than 25 years for CBC Sports, the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun. He has been to three Winter Olympics, 11 Stanley Cups, a world championship as well as 17 world junior championships, 13 Memorial Cups and 13 University Cups. The native of Waterloo, Ont., always has his eye out for an underdog story.

Latest from Tim Wharnsby


Sidney Crosby is the best hockey player since Wayne Gretzky

While most of Wayne Gretzky's records remain untouchable, Sidney Crosby is owning his era and deserves to be ranked among the game's all-time best, right alongside the Great One and Bobby Orr, writes Tim Wharnsby.

Mitch Marner's contract status looms large over Leafs as camp nears

To prepare you for the opening of NHL training camps in mid-September, CBC Sports will do a deep dive on one of the seven Canadian-based clubs every Thursday. The Toronto Maple Leafs are examined in the seventh and final installment.

Ottawa Senators poised to spend season in NHL basement, here's why

The fall from promise to unpleasant was swift after the Ottawa Senators reached the 2016-17 East final. At least they own their first-round pick this season.

Canadiens' playoff hopes will continue to live and die with Carey Price

The Montreal Canadiens appear to be on the upswing. But, as was the case in recent seasons, whether or not they will advance to the playoffs will depend on the play of their prized goalie Carey Price.

Jets' status as Stanley Cup contenders takes hit with loss of several key players

Even though four months have elapsed since the Winnipeg Jets' quick six-game elimination from the playoffs in the first round to the eventual Stanley Cup-champion St. Louis Blues, the outcome still stings. The Jets still are a playoff-bound team, but their contender status has taken a hit with the loss of several key players.

NHL free agency: Plenty of talented players still up for grabs

The 2019 free-agent summer turns 22 days old on Monday and there are still plenty of talented players up for grabs.

Canucks will be better, but serious work remains for GM Jim Benning

The Vancouver Canucks have enjoyed a sound summer of manoeuvres so far, but by no means is GM Jim Benning on easy street. Benning, in his sixth off-season at the helm in Vancouver, is particularly feeling the heat to get the Canucks back into the playoffs.

Stars and shambles: Ken Holland's job rebuilding the Oilers has just begun

If Peter Chiarelli can make a bad situation worse in 45 months, new general manager Ken Holland needs time to build the Oilers into a contender. There isn't much of a supporting cast around Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Flames' eventful off-season still missing signature from Matthew Tkachuk

The Calgary Flames already have experienced an eventful off-season. There was the approval of a new home, they cut ties with Mike Smith and James Neal and nearly traded T.J. Brodie. But the biggest headline grabber has yet to occur — restricted free agent Matthew Tkachuk remains unsigned.

Soccer runs deep for Chicago Blackhawks forward Brendan Perlini

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brendan Perlini spends a lot of his free time following footy. He is a loyal supporter of Manchester United and England. He always has a moment or two to talk about soccer. His passion runs deep for the beautiful game.