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Hockey Producer Doug Sellars Dies

01 Jan

Here’s some sad news. Longtime hockey producer and sports television executive Doug Sellars has died. Sellars had been ill for a little while, and if you’ve watched any Fox Sports Net telecast over the past few days, you probably heard the broadcasters mention him and his illness.

From a CBC press release –

The world of sports broadcasting has lost one of its finest and most talented leaders. Doug Sellers passed on Friday and his extended CBC family is mourning the loss.

“While unfortunately I didn’t know Doug personally, I understand he had a wonderful disposition, and his calm and kind way made him a gifted leader, respected by everyone who had the pleasure of working for him. On behalf of Doug’s many friends at CBC, I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC.

Doug began his career at CBC in 1985 working on Hockey Night in Canada.

Two years on, he produced the Grey Cup Game at just 27 years of age. In 1989, Doug was promoted to Head of Sports Production, where he oversaw all CBC Sports properties, including several Olympic Games and two Commonwealth Games. A multiple Gemini Award-winner, Doug went on from CBC to Fox Sports, where he worked his way up to Executive Vice-President, Fox Sports Media Group.

Sellars joined FSN in 2000 and was in charge of all production for the various sports networks under the FSN umbrella. In August 2011, Sellars was promoted to EVP of Fox Sports. This expanded role put Sellars in charge of production for all of Fox Sports’ programming. Sellars regularly made it onto The Hockey News’ most powerful people in hockey list. While Sellars wasn’t on this year’s list, he was ranked as high as number 32 in 2006. Condolences go out to his friends and family.

(editors note: The original CBC press release misspelled Doug’s last name as you see from the above quote. They sent out a correct release this afternoon. Apparently this misspelling is common so I have decided to leave it uncorrected due to many people searching for info using that spelling)

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12 Comments

Posted by on January 1, 2012 in CBC, Fox Sports, NHL, Television

 

12 responses to “Hockey Producer Doug Sellars Dies

  1. ERIC

    January 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    R.I.P. DOUG

     
  2. Paul

    January 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    R.I.P. Dougie
    THe Myrtle Beach Boys

     
  3. Ron

    January 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    May Yahweh bless the spirit of Doug Sellers, and the family he leaves behind. His soul, is immortal, with no beginning, and no end, as it is part of soul of Yahweh! Doug, now, belongs to the ages, and lives with the angels.

    RLW, JD

     
  4. Bill Reese

    January 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Bill
    You were a good man Doud. You will be missed by many especially your Family.
    May you spend eternity with the angels and saints.

     
  5. Raj

    January 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    RIP Mr. Sellars

     
  6. Rob Hildebrandt

    January 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    We did not know him well but we heard his name often and we are saddened to hear of anyone leaving at such a young age. We will miss hearing his name on the sports news.

    With saddness from the Hildebrandt FamilyFamily

    P.S. Our hearts go out to Dougs Family………………….:-(

     
  7. David Sturgis

    January 2, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Doug was playing hockey when he was stricken. His teammates worked valiantly to resuscitate him before the paramedics arrived, but ultimately to no avail….I did not know him (I was also playing that night) but he seems to have been a man of great accomplishment and had many people who called him a friend…RIP, Mr. Sellars…

     
  8. lisa ricciardi

    January 2, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I am so sorry for Barbara and her kids. Can anyone tell me how I might be able to send her a message. I used to work with her many years ago when she was first pregnant. She was always so nice and was supportive. I hope she will be alright after such a terrible loss.

     
    • David Sturgis

      January 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

      If you email me at dsturgis1@charter.net I can get you in touch with people who know the family…

       
  9. Bill Irwin

    January 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Doug was a great person, and I am glad I could call him my friend. He will be missed.

     
  10. Joseph Shynn

    March 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Picture a lanky six foot two tall thin, then eighteen year old, with an afrow playing hide and seek with a pudgey (me) fellow student host at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. Amidst many a visitor at the time.
    I taught Doug how to edit footage using uMatic 3/4inch machines at the OSC’s television studio.
    Doug introduced me to Leonord Nimoy as Doug was cutting voice-overs with him at the OSCs recording studio.
    My fondest memory of Doug was him hiding behind the control panel of the TV studio and engaging the visitors not to give him away. He then jumped out from behind the panel and scared the poopoo out of me, much to the delight of the visitors.
    Our boss found out and seperated us only for us to try something new the next day.
    I shared two wonderful summers with Doug at the OSC.
    His aspirations were always to succeed in sports broadcasting.
    A great friend and true professional.

    Farewell Dougy!

    Joseph (Joey) Shynn

     
  11. Jana

    April 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    R.i.p Doug.

     

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