Long-time Oilers journalist Rob Brownlee
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Legendary Oilers Reporter Tragically Passes Away at 65

Published January 11, 2024 at 6:17 PM

Some very sad news to report when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers and the team's fans. A legendary journalist, a familiar name and voice who has covered the team for years with various organizations, has sadly passed away. Robin Brownlee was 65.

Well-known Oilers Reporter Passes Away

The news was broken by Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com that Robin Brownlee had passed away suddenly at his home this morning. Gregor and Brownlee have worked side-by-side the past 15 years with Oilers Nation, and co-hosting a radio show.

"Robin had a long and successful career covering sports since 1983. He came to Edmonton in 1989 to write for the Edmonton Journal, then moved to the Edmonton Sun, before joining Oilersnation in 2007. I've had the pleasure of working with Robin for the past 15 years, both here at the Nation and he co-hosted my radio on show on TSN 1260 and now on Sports 1440."


Beloved Oilers Reporter Robin Brownlee Has Passed Away

Gregor wrote that Brownlee was no longer on the Oilers beat every day, deciding to take a step back later in life after becoming a father at 48.

"Robin was a big man. He could be gruff, but he also was incredibly loving and gentle. Most of our memorable conversations were about family, not sports. He had some great sports stories, but what really made him excited and happy was talking about his family. Meeting Analyn Augustin was life-changing for Robin as a man. It led to him becoming a father, and he was a great husband and father. His priorities changed when he became a father, and for the better. Robin used to be driven to chase down a lead or break a story, and he was very good at it, but becoming a father later in life, at age 48, changed his priorities."

Our sincere condolences to Robin Brownlee's family, friends, and fans.
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