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Template:Short description Template:Refimprove The Original Six are the six teams (Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs) that composed the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 25 seasons between the 1942–43 season and the 1967 NHL Expansion. The name is something of a misnomer, since there were other NHL franchises that ceased operations before 1942, including some that were founded before some of the Original Six. The term dates from the 1967 expansion which added six new franchises; hence the six expansion teams and the "Original Six".

Canadian television coverage[]

In the 1952–53 season, CBC began televising Hockey Night in Canada as a simulcast to the radio calls, joining the games in progress either 30 minutes or 60 minutes after the opening faceoff. Until 1961, the CBC was the only operating television network in Canada. Not only that, it was likely that not all Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens playoff games were televised in the early years, including to their local markets.

Year Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1953 Semifinals Montréal-Chicago Games 1–2, 5–7 (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
1954 Semifinals Detroit-Toronto in Toronto (joined-in-progress) Foster Hewitt
Montréal-Boston in Montréal (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
1955 Semifinals Detroit-Toronto in Toronto (joined-in-progress) Foster Hewitt
Montréal-Boston in Montréal (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
1956 Semifinals Montréal-New York Rangers Games 1–5 (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
Detroit-Toronto Games 3–5 (joined-in-progress) Foster Hewitt
1957 Semifinals Montréal-New York Rangers Games 1–5 (Games in Montreal joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
1958 Semifinals Montréal-Detroit Games 1–4 (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
New York Rangers-Boston Games 3, 6 (joined-in-progress) Foster Hewitt (Game 3)
Danny Gallivan (Game 6)
1959 Semifinals Montréal-Chicago Games 1–6 (Games 1–5 joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
Boston-Toronto Games 1–7 (joined-in-progress)[1][2][3][4] Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt
1960 Semifinals Montréal-Chicago Games 1–4 (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
Toronto-Detroit Games 1–6 (joined-in-progress) Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt
1961 Semifinals Montréal-Chicago Games 1–6 (Games in Montreal are joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Toronto-Detroit Games 1–5 (Games in Toronto are joined-in progress) Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)
1962 Semifinals Montréal-Chicago Games 1–6 (Games 1–5 joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy
Toronto-New York Rangers Games 1–6 (Games 1–5 joined-in-progress) Bill Hewitt Jack Dennett (in New York City)
1963 Semifinals Toronto-Montréal Games 1–5 (joined-in-progress)[5] Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Chicago-Detroit Game 6 Bill Hewitt
1964 Semifinals Montréal-Toronto Games 1–7 (Games 1–6 joined-in-progress)[6][7] Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Various newspaper writers (in Toronto)
Chicago-Detroit Games 2, 5 (joined-in-progress) Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
1965 Semifinals Detroit-Chicago Games 2, 5, 7 (Games 2, 5 joined-in-progress)[8][9][10][11] Bill Hewitt Jim Morrison (Game 7)
Montréal-Toronto Games 1–6 (joined-in progress)[12][13][14] Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Various newspaper writers (in Toronto)
1966 Semifinals Montréal-Toronto Games 1–4[15][16] Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Brian McFarlane (in Toronto)
Chicago-Detroit Games 5–6 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
1967 Semifinals Chicago-Toronto Games 1–6 (Games 1–4, 6 joined-in progress)[17][18] Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Montréal-New York Rangers Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan Dan Kelly (in Montréal)
Dick Irvin Jr. (in New York)


  • 1955 - Game 3 of the Detroit-Toronto series and Game 5 of the Boston-Montréal series were televised nationally.
  • 1956 - Game 4 of the Montréal-New York Rangers series was not the potential clincher, nor was it played in Montréal. Therefore, there was a possible chance that the game wasn't going to be televised.
  • 1957 - Games 1, 2, and 4 of the Montréal-New York Rangers series were likely not seen outside the Montreal region if not televised at all.
  • 1958 - Games 1–3 of the Montréal-Detroit series were likely not seen outside Quebec.
  • 1959 - CBC's telecast of Game 7 of Toronto-Boston series at Boston Garden joins just before the start of the second period. Bill and Foster Hewitt were simulcasting on Toronto's CKFH and CBC Radio, and one of them welcomes the television audience.
  • 1960 - In the May 28 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press, a Canadian Press article mentioned the fact that the CBC fielded numerous angry calls from viewers upset that CBC continued to televise all three overtimes of Game 3 of the Toronto-Detroit series. Because of this, the angry viewers missed several previously scheduled shows as the overtime continued on. The CBC said that the policy of telecasting each Stanley Cup playoff game to its conclusion would be enforced.
  • 1961 - Some semifinal games may not have been seen outside the Toronto or Montreal metro areas.
    • This may have been the first time that all playoff games were televised somewhere across Canada.
  • 1962 - CBC's Winnipeg affiliate carried Game 3 of the Montréal-Chicago series at 8:30 p.m. Central time (9 p.m. Eastern time). Meanwhile, they aired The Ed Sullivan Show at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Eastern), which included guest stars Wayne and Shuster. This was followed by Close-Up at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Eastern), and then the hockey game in progress.
    • On April 3, CBC's affiliates in and near Toronto aired The Garry Moore Show at 8 p.m. followed by Game 4 of the Toronto-New York Rangers game in progress at 9 p.m.
  • 1967 - Except Game 2 of the Toronto-Chicago series, all Stanley Cup playoff games on CBC were televised in color. The 1967 playoffs were the first time CBC televised NHL games in color.

American television coverage[]

There was no American network television coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs until 1965–66 (which also marked the first telecasts of an NHL game in color), the second to last season of the Original Six era. The earliest known American television coverage of any kind occurred in 1956, when Games 3 and 5 of the Montreal-New York Rangers playoff series were televised in the New York area on WPIX 11 at 9 p.m. local time. Bud Palmer worked play-by-play for those games on WPIX while and Jack McCarthy hosted from the studio.

Year Round Series Games covered Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1966 Semifinals Games 2, 5 Chicago-Detroit NBC Win Elliot Bill Mazer
1967 Semifinals Game 5 Chicago-Toronto CBS Jim Gordon Stu Nahan


  • 1967 - CBS was scheduled to televise the Game 2 of the New York Rangers-Montréal series. However, an AFTRA strike forced cancellation of the telecast.


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