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The following is a list of the television and radio networks/stations (American, Canadian and French Canadian) and announcers that have broadcast Stanley Cup Finals series over the years.

American Television Edit

National Television Edit

2010s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2019 NBC (Games 1, 4–7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh
Kathryn Tappen
Mike Tirico (NBC)
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter, Brian Boucher, and Patrick Sharp
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2018 NBC (Games 1, 4–5) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh
Kathryn Tappen
Mike Tirico (Games 1, 4; NBC)
Paul Burmeister
Keith Jones
Mike Milbury (Games 1–4)
P.K. Subban (Game 5)
Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Brian Boucher
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2017 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh
Kathryn Tappen
Paul Burmeister
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter
Brian Boucher
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2016 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh
Kathryn Tappen
Dave Briggs
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter

Brian Boucher

NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2015 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk (Games 1, 3–6) Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh
Dave Briggs
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter, and Brian Boucher
NBCSN (Games 3–4)
2014 NBC (Games 1–2, 5) Kenny Albert (Game 1)
Mike Emrick (Games 2–5)
Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh
Dave Briggs
Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick
Anson Carter
NBCSN (Games 3–4)
2013 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2012 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Jeremy Roenick and Darren Pang
NBCSN (Games 3–4)
2011 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh (Games 1–2)
Dan Patrick (Games 5–7)
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Jeremy Roenick and Darren Pang
Versus (Games 3–4) Bill Patrick
2010 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Pierre McGuire and Dan Patrick Mike Milbury, Ryan Miller, and Jeremy Roenick
Versus (Games 3–4) Charissa Thompson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Brian Engblom

Notes Edit

  • 2014 – In the United States, NBC televised Games 1 and 2, NBCSN broadcast games 3 and 4, while NBC televised the remaining games. NBC Sports originally planned to repeat its coverage pattern from the last few seasons: NBCSN would televise game 2 and 3, while NBC would broadcast Game 1, and then games 4–7, so that every potential Stanley Cup clinching game will air on NBC. After the League scheduled Game 2 on the day of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, coverage of games 2 and 4 were switched so NBC's telecast of the horse race would serve as lead-in programming to Game 2.
  • NBC and NBCSN will televise the Stanley Cup Finals through 2021.

2000s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2009 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Darren Pang Mike Milbury
Versus (Games 3–4) Christine Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones, Brian Engblom, and Mark Messier
2008 Versus (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Christine Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones, Brian Engblom, and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–6) Pierre McGuire Bob Neumeier and Pierre McGuire Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire
2007 Versus (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Christine Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Clement Keith Jones, Brian Engblom, and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–5) Pierre McGuire Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull
2006 OLN (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick John Davidson Christine Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Clement Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–7) Pierre McGuire Ray Ferraro and Eddie Olczyk
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Sam Ryan, Erin Andrews, Steve Levy, Darren Pang John Saunders and Chris Berman Barry Melrose and Darren Pang
ABC (Games 3–7)
2003 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Sam Ryan, Brian Engblom, and Darren Pang John Saunders and Chris Berman Barry Melrose and Darren Pang
ABC (Games 3–7) Bill Clement and John Davidson Sam Ryan Barry Melrose
2002 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3-5) Al Michaels and John Saunders John Davidson and Barry Melrose
2001 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3-7) Al Michaels and John Saunders John Davidson and Barry Melrose
2000 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3–6) Al Michaels (Games 3–5)
John Saunders (Game 6)
John Davidson and Barry Melrose

Notes Edit

  • As part of NBC's coverage, Pierre McGuire, while positioned as the "Inside-the-Glass" reporter, provides color commentary from his vantage point - known as "Inside-the-Glass".
  • 2005: Had the season not been canceled, ESPN would have televised the Games 1 and 2 and NBC Games 3–7.

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1999 FOX (Games 1–2, 5) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti Suzy Kolber Terry Crisp
ESPN (Games 3–4, 6) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1998 FOX (Game 1) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2–4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1997 FOX (Game 1) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti and Christine Simpson James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2–4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1996 FOX (Games 1, 3) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti and Sandra Neil James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2, 4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom, Darren Pang, and Al Morganti John Saunders Barry Melrose
1995 FOX (Games 1, 4) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2–4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Al Morganti and Steve Levy John Saunders Barry Melrose and Mike Milbury
1994 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Al Morganti and Steve Levy John Saunders Darren Pang
1993 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Al Morganti and Tom Mees John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld and John Davidson
1992 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement John Davidson Mike Emrick John Davidson
1991 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement John Davidson Mike Emrick John Davidson
1990 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement John Davidson Mike Emrick John Davidson

Notes Edit

  • From 1995–1999, FOX split coverage of Stanley Cup Finals with ESPN. Game 1 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals was the first Finals game shown on network television since 1980 and the first in prime time since 1973. FOX was usually scheduled to televise Games 1, 5, and 7; ESPN airs Games 2, 3, 4, and 6 . However, from 1995 to 1998, the Finals were all 4 game sweeps; 1999 ended in 6 games. The consequence was that – except for 1995, when Fox did televise Game 4 - the decisive game was never on network television. Perhaps in recognition of this, Games 3–7 were always televised by ABC in the succeeding broadcast agreement between the NHL and ABC Sports.

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1989 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement Gary Thorne Mike Emrick Herb Brooks
1988 ESPN Mike Emrick Bill Clement Mickey Redmond Tom Mees
1987 ESPN Mike Emrick Bill Clement Tom Mees
1986 ESPN Sam Rosen (Games 1–2)
Ken Wilson (Games 3–5)
Mickey Redmond (in Calgary)
Bill Clement (in Montreal)
Jim Kelly Tom Mees
1985 USA Dan Kelly (in Philadelphia)
Al Albert (in Edmonton)
Gary Green Al Trautwig Mike Liut
1984 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Trautwig
1983 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Albert
1982 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Trautwig
Jim Van Horne (in Vancouver)
1981 USA (CBC's feed) Bob Cole Mickey Redmond and Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1980 Hughes (Games 1–5) Dan Kelly
Bob Cole (Games 1-2)
Jim Robson (Games 3-5)
Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge Howie Meeker
CBS (Game 6) Dan Kelly and Tim Ryan Lou Nanne Tim Ryan

Notes Edit

  • 1989 - SportsChannel's coverage aired on PRISM in the Philadelphia area. SportsChannel Philadelphia did not launch until January 1990. Both SportsChannel and PRISM were owned by Rainbow Media.
  • 1980 - Games 1-5 on Hughes used CBC's feed. For CBS' coverage of Game 6 (which served as a special edition of the CBS Sports Spectacular anthology series), Dan Kelly did play-by-play for 1st and 3rd periods as well as overtime. Meanwhile, Tim Ryan did play-by-play for the second period. Minnesota North Stars' general manager Lou Nanne provided color commentary for the entire game. This was the last time that a National Hockey League game would be broadcast on American network television for 10 years (until the 1990 NHL All-Star Game aired on NBC), and the Stanley Cup Finals game on broadcast-network television until 1995.

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host Studio analyst
1979 NHL Dan Kelly and Danny Gallivan (Game 2) Dick Irvin, Jr.
Gary Dornhoefer (in Montreal)
Bobby Orr
(in New York)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Dave Hodge (in New York)
Howie Meeker (in New York)
1978 NHL Dan Kelly (in Montreal)
Fred Cusick (in Boston)
Marv Albert
1977 NHL Marv Albert Stan Mikita (Game 1)
Garry Unger (Game 2)
Chico Resch (Game 3)
Don Awrey (Game 4)
Stan Fischler
1976 NHL Marv Albert Stan Mikita (Game 1)
Garry Unger (Game 2)
Chico Resch (Game 3)
Curt Bennett (Game 4)
Stan Fischler
1975 NBC (Games 2, 5) Tim Ryan Ted Lindsay Brian McFarlane
1974 NBC (Games 3, 6) Tim Ryan Ted Lindsay Brian McFarlane
1973 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Tim Ryan Ted Lindsay Brian McFarlane
1972 CBS (Games 1, 4, 6) Dan Kelly Jim Gordon and Harry Howell Jim Gordon
1971 CBS (Games 3, 6, 7) Dan Kelly Jim Gordon and Phil Esposito Jim Gordon
1970 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer

Notes Edit

  • In 1979, ABC was contracted to televise Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Since the Finals ended in 5 games, the contract was void.
  • Starting in the 1978 playoffs, NHL Network began simulcasting many games with Hockey Night in Canada. This happened in Game 7 of the quarter-final series between Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders. The entire 1979 Stanley Cup Finals between Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was simulcast as well.
  • The 1976 Stanley Cup Finals on the NHL Network marked the first time that the NHL's championship series was nationally televised in its entirety in the United States.
  • 1971 - CBS was not scheduled to broadcast Game 7, but showed the prime time contest after thousands of viewers called the network asking that it be broadcast. The game was blacked out in Chicago, as well as in much of the Midwest, in deference to theater TV.
  • In 1970, Pat Summerall and then-Boston Bruins' TV announcer Don Earle did a short post-game segment from inside the team's dressing room at the end of CBS' coverage of game 4 (and what turned out to be the final game) of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. WSBK-38, which was the team's the Bruins' TV flagship then, simulcast the CBS coverage and did a longer post-game locker-room segment after CBS' coverage ended.

1960s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Studio Host
1969 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer
1968 CBS (Games 1, 4) Stu Nahan Jim Gordon
1967 CBS (Games 2, 5) Stu Nahan Jim Gordon
1966 NBC (Games 1, 4) Win Eliot Bill Mazer Jim Simpson and Bill Cullen
RKO General (Game 6) Bob Wolff Emile Francis

Local Television (United States) Edit

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1994 MSG Network (Games 1–3, 6–7) (New York area) (New York Rangers)
MSG II (Games 4–5) (New York area) (New York Rangers)
Sam Rosen John Davidson Al Trautwig
1993 Prime Ticket (Los Angeles area) Bob Miller Jim Fox
1992 KBL (Pittsburgh area; Games 1–2) Mike Lange Paul Steigerwald Stan Savran
KDKA (Pittsburgh area; Games 3–4)
SportsChannel Chicago (Chicago area) Pat Foley Dale Tallon
1991 KBL (Pittsburgh area; Games 1–2, 5) Mike Lange Paul Steigerwald Stan Savran
KDKA (Pittsburgh area; Games 3–4, 6)
Pay-Per-View (Minnesota area) Doug McLeod Lou Nanne
1990 NESN (Boston area; Games 1–2, 5) Fred Cusick Derek Sanderson and Dave Shea Dave Shea Tom Larson
WSBK (Boston area; Games 3–4) Derek Sanderson Gene Lavanchy Johnny Peirson

Notes Edit

  • Games 4 and 5 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals was broadcast in the New York City area on MSG II because of MSG Network's commitment with the New York Yankees. 1994 was also the last time that local broadcasting of playoff games past the first two rounds was allowed.

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1988 WSBK (Boston area; Games 1–2, 5) Fred Cusick Derek Sanderson Sean McDonough Johnny Peirson
NESN (Boston area; Games 3–4) Derek Sanderson and Dave Shea Dave Shea Tom Larson
1987 WGBS (Philadelphia area; Games 1–2, 5, 7) Gene Hart Bobby Taylor Tony Bruno Ed Van Impe
PRISM (Philadelphia area; Games 3–4, 6)
1985 PRISM (Philadelphia area; Games 1–2) Gene Hart Bobby Taylor Tony Bruno Ed Van Impe
WTAF (Philadelphia area; Games 3–5)
1984 SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 1–2) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
WOR (New York area; Games 3–5)
1983 WOR (New York area; Games 1–2) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 3–4)
1982 SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 1–2) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
WOR (New York area; Games 3–4)
1981 SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 1–2, 5) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
WOR (New York area; Games 3–4)
KMSP (Minnesota area) Bob Kurtz Tom Reid

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
1975 WTAF (Philadelphia area; Games 3–4, 6) Don Earle and Gene Hart
WKBW (Buffalo area; Games 1, 3–4, 6) Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1974 WSBK (Boston area; Games 1–2, 4–5) Fred Cusick Johnny Peirson Tom Larson
WTAF (Philadelphia area; Games 1–2, 5) Don Earle and Gene Hart
1973 WGN (Chicago area; Game 2) Jim West
1972 WSBK (Boston area; Games 2–3, 5) Fred Cusick Johnny Peirson Tom Larson
WOR (New York area; Games 2, 5)

MSG Network (New York area; Game 3)

Tim Ryan Jim Gordon
1971 WGN (Chicago area; Game 4) Jim West
1970 WSBK (Boston area; Games 2–3) Don Earle Johnny Peirson Tom Larson
KPLR (St. Louis area; Games 2–3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle

1960s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 KPLR (Games 2–3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle
1968 KPLR (Games 2–3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle
1962 WGN (Games 1–2, 5) Joe Wilson Lloyd Pettit
1961 WGN (Game 6, simulcast with CBC Television) Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham

American Local/National Coverage Policy for Stanley Cup Finals Edit

  • 1995–present: National coverage (network and cable) exclusive.
  • 1981–1994: Local coverage permitted for all games. National coverage (cable) not exclusive.
  • 1976–1980: National coverage on syndicated networks exclusive.
  • 1968–1975: Local coverage permitted for non-network games. National network telecasts exclusive.

Canadian Television Edit

National Television Edit

2010s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2019 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake Ron MacLean Kelly Hrudey, Nick Kypreos, and Elliotte Friedman
Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2018 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake and David Amber Ron MacLean Kelly Hrudey, Nick Kypreos, and Elliotte Friedman
Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2017 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake and David Amber Ron MacLean Kelly Hrudey, Nick Kypreos, and Elliotte Friedman
Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2016 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake, and Elliotte Friedman George Stroumboulopoulos Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos
Ron MacLean (Coach's Corner) Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2015 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake, and Christine Simpson George Stroumboulopoulos Kelly Hrudey, Nick Kypreos, and Elliotte Friedman
Ron MacLean (Coach's Corner) Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2014 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey, P.J. Stock, and Elliotte Friedman
2013 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey, P.J. Stock, and Elliotte Friedman
2012 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake, and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2011 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake, and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2010 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake, and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey

Notes

  • From 2010–2014, the Hockey Night in Canada i-Desk was contributed by Elliotte Friedman, Andi Petrillo, Jeff Marek, and Scott Morrison.
  • 2014 was the last year under the league's current Canadian TV contracts with CBC (English broadcasts of the Finals) and the cable network TSN (English broadcasts), and RDS (French broadcasts). The NHL's twelve-year contract with Rogers Communications then took effect beginning next season, with English-language national coverage of the Finals being sub-licensed to CBC, and French-language telecasts being sub-licensed to TVA Sports. TSN will only be showing regional games for Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg starting the fall of 2014.
  • The Stanley Cup Finals will be televised by CBC through 2018.

2000s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2009 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake, and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2008 CBC Bob Cole Greg Millen Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2007 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Greg Millen Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2006 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2003 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2002 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2001 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2000 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1999 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1998 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1997 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean (Games 1, 4)
Scott Russell (Games 2, 3)
Kelly Hrudey
1996 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1995 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1994 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1993 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1992 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1991 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1990 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert Ron MacLean Don Cherry

Notes Edit

  • 1997 - Ron MacLean did not host Games 2 and 3 as he was attending the funeral of Don Cherry's wife, Rose.

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporter Studio host Studio analysts
1989 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Chris Cuthbert Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1988 Canwest/Global (Games 1–2) Dan Kelly John Davidson Jim Tatti Dave Hodge
CBC (Games 3–5) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert (Game 5) Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1987 CBC (Games 1–2, 6–7) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert (Game 7) Ron MacLean Don Cherry
Canwest/Global (Games 3–5, 7) Dan Kelly John Davidson Jim Tatti Dave Hodge
1986 CTV (Games 1–2) Dan Kelly Ron Reusch Dan Matheson Brad Park
CBC (Games 3–5) Bob Cole (Games 3–4)
Don Wittman (Game 5)
Dick Irvin, Jr.
Mickey Redmond (Games 3–4)
John Davidson (Game 5)
Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1985 CBC (Games 1–2) Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge Don Cherry
CTV (Games 3–5) Dan Kelly Ron Reusch and Brad Park Dan Matheson Dave Maloney and Brad Park
1984 CBC Bob Cole Dick Irvin, Jr.
Mickey Redmond (in New York)
Gary Dornhoefer (in Edmonton)
Dave Hodge
John Wells (in Edmonton)
Don Cherry (in New York)
Howie Meeker (in Edmonton)
1983 CBC Jim Robson (in Edmonton)
Bob Cole (in New York)
Gary Dornhoefer (in Edmonton)
Mickey Redmond (in New York)
John Wells (in Edmonton)
Dave Hodge (in New York)
Howie Meeker (in Edmonton)
Don Cherry (in New York)
1982 CBC Bob Cole (in New York)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr. (in New York)
Howie Meeker and Gary Dornhoefer (in Vancouver)
Dave Hodge and Steve Armitage (in Vancouver) Don Cherry (in New York)
1981 CBC Bob Cole Mickey Redmond and Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1980 CBC Dan Kelly (Games 1–5)
Bob Cole (Games 1–2)
Jim Robson (Games 3–6)
Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge Howie Meeker

Notes Edit

  • Game 4 (May 24) of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals is well known for fog that interfered with the game and a power outage that caused its cancellation before a faceoff. The game ended with the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins tied at 3–3. CBC televised the first Game 4 as well as game 5 (on May 26), for which the Oilers won 6–3.
  • Even though CTV decided to pull the plug on their 2 year-old (lasting from 1984–85 through 1985–86) NHL broadcasting venture with the Carling O'Keefe brewing company (citing low ratings and an inability to clear other programming for both regular season and playoff telecasts), Carling O'Keefe retained their rights. This soon led to them syndicating 1987 and 1988 playoff telecasts on a chain of channels that would 1 day become the Global Television Network. The Global Television Network broadcasts were aired under the names Stanley Cup '87 and Stanley Cup '88, before a merger between Carling O'Keefe and Molson (the presenters of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC) put an end to the competition.
    • Contrary to the broadcasts from the previous CTV deal (in which they split the Stanley Cup Finals coverage with CBC), the Canwest-Global telecasts were network exclusive, except for Game 7 of the 1987 Finals. When CBC and Canwest-Global televised game 7, they used separate production facilities and separate on-air talent.
    • In 1988, Canwest-Global had the rights to the games 6 and 7 of the Finals, which ultimately, were not necessary.
  • For the 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons, CTV aired regular season games on Friday nights (and some Sunday afternoons) as well as partial coverage of the playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. While Molson continued to present Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights on CBC, rival brewery Carling O'Keefe began airing Friday Night Hockey on CTV. This marked the first time since beginning broadcasting in 1952 that CBC was not the lone over-the-air network broadcaster of the Stanley Cup Finals in Canada. From 1967 through 1975, both CBC and CTV aired NHL games, but it was from a Molson-led Hockey Night in Canada package that was split. CBC got the Saturday games and the playoffs; Wednesday-night regular-season games appeared on CTV.
  • In 1986, CBC only televised Games 1 and 2 in Montreal and Calgary. CBC televised Games 3–5 nationally. When CTV televised Games 1 and 2, both games were blacked out in Montreal and Calgary. Had the series gone to a Game 7, then both CBC and CTV would have televised it while using their own production facilities and crews.
  • In 1985, CBC televised Games 1 and 2 nationally while Games 3–5 were televised in Edmonton only. CTV televised Games 3–5 nationally while games were blacked out in Edmonton.

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host Studio analyst
1979 CBC Dan Kelly
Danny Gallivan (Game 2)
Dick Irvin, Jr.
Gary Dornhoefer (in Montreal)
Bobby Orr (in New York)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Dave Hodge (in New York)
Howie Meeker
1978 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Dan Kelly (in Boston)
Chico Resch and Dick Irvin, Jr. Dick Irvin, Jr. and Dan Kelly (in Montreal)
Dave Hodge (in Boston)
Lou Nanne
1977 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Don Marshall (Game 1)
Red Storey (Game 2)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Dave Hodge (in Boston)
1976 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge Howie Meeker
1975 CBC Jim Robson (in Philadelphia)
Danny Gallivan (in Buffalo)
Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1974 CBC Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 3, 6)
Dave Hodge
1973 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1972 CBC Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane Ward Cornell
1971 CBC Danny Gallivan Scotty Bowman and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1970 CBC Bill Hewitt (in St. Louis)
Danny Gallivan (in Boston)
Brian McFarlane (in St. Louis)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Boston)
Ward Cornell

Notes Edit

  • In 1972, Hockey Night in Canada moved all playoff coverage from CBC to CTV (in actuality, MacLaren Advertising, Ltd., the actual rights holders of HNIC at the time, worked out arrangements with CTV to move the full NHL playoffs there) to avoid conflict with the lengthy NABET strike against the CBC.

1960s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
1969 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1968 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1967 CBC Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Brian McFarlane (in Toronto)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Ward Cornell
1966 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Ward Cornell
1965 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Ward Cornell
1964 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1963 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1962 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1961 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1960 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)
Ward Cornell
Notes Edit
  • The 1961 Stanley Cup Finals were almost not televised in Canada at all. At that time, the CBC only had rights to the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs' games; home games only during the season and all games in the playoffs. However, with both the Canadiens and Maple Leafs eliminated in the semi-finals, the CBC's worst nightmare became reality. The CBC had to conceive a way to carry the Finals between the Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings or face public revolt. According to lore, the CBC found a way to link their Windsor viewers as having a vested interest in the Finals with the across the river Red Wings. Thus, CBC was able to carry the series after inking special contracts with the Red Wings and Black Hawks as a service to the Windsor market. From Windsor, CBC linked the signal to Toronto and they relayed the coverage Dominion-wide. From there, Canadians were able to see the Finals with nary a glitch in the coverage. CBC's broadcast of the sixth and climatic game was simulcast on WGN-TV Chicago; the station would begin broadcasting Chicago Blackhawks road games on a regular basis that Fall.
  • 1966 - To accommodate the American TV coverage on NBC (1966 marked the first time that a Stanley Cup Finals game was to be nationally broadcast on American network television), Game 1 of the Finals was shifted to a Sunday afternoon. This in return, was the first time ever that a National Hockey League game was played on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. While Games 1 and 4 of the NBC broadcasts were televised in color, CBC carried these games and all other games in black and white.

1950s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
1959 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)
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1958 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight
1957 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight
1956 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight
1955 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight
1954 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight
1953 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight

Notes Edit

  • 1954 - CBC's coverage of Games 3–5 were joined in progress at 9:30 p.m. (approximately one hour after start time). Meanwhile, CBC joined Game 6 in at 10 p.m. (again, one hour after start time). Game 7 was carried Dominion wide (nationwide) from opening the face off at 9 p.m. Since Game 7 was played on Good Friday night, there were no commercials (Imperial Oil was the sponsor).

Local Television (Canada) Edit

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Studio host Studio analysts
1986 CBMT (Montreal) and CBRT (Calgary) Don Wittman John Davidson and Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1985 CBXT (Games 3-5) Don Wittman John Davidson Dave Hodge Don Cherry
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