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January 31, 1970|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
John "Shorty" Shorthouse (born January 31, 1970) is a Canadian sports broadcaster, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the lead play-by-play commentator for the Vancouver Canucks on the television station Sportsnet Pacific. Shorthouse also calls select Canucks games on Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada when regular play-by-play announcers are not available
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shorthouse began his broadcasting career on local station CKVU-TV in 1993. He was one of the anchors of a popular late-night sports program called Sports Page. In 1996, while still working for CKVU, he began working as a reporter on Canucks pay-per-view telecasts and called his first NHL hockey game in the play-by-play role as a substitute on March 24, 1998 against the New York Islanders. This game was significant because it featured the return of popular ex-Canucks Trevor Linden and Gino Odjick for the first time. The following season, with the inception of CTV Sportsnet (now Rogers Sportsnet), the Canucks greatly expanded their local television coverage and Shorthouse was hired to split play-by-play duties with hall-of-famer Jim Robson. He also filled in on radio broadcasts when Jim Hughson was assigned to national Sportsnet telecasts. The following year, Robson retired, and Shorthouse became the permanent radio play-by-play personality, while Hughson moved to television full-time.
He was the radio voice of the Canucks from 1999–2000 until 2007-08, working alongside colour commentator Tom Larscheid. The two moved over from radio station CKNW to CKST when the Canucks' broadcasting rights changed in 2006. Shorthouse was often seen as the more even-handed of the two in comparison with his exuberant colleague Larscheid.
In March 2008, Hughson left his Canucks' play-by-play position on Rogers Sportsnet to take on CBC telecasts full-time, leaving the position available. On June 3, 2008, it was announced that Shorthouse would take over that position. John now calls all Canucks regional television games on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific paired with John Garrett. Beginning in 2014, when Rogers acquired the national television rights to the NHL in Canada, Shorthouse also gets occasional network assignments on Sportsnet or Hockey Night in Canada.