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The Original 6 are 6 teams (Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs) that composed NHL for 25 seasons between 1942–43 season and 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 6 new franchises; hence the 6 expansion teams and the "Original Six".

Canadian television coverage Edit

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, 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, even to their local markets.

Year Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Color commentators
1953 Semifinals Montreal-Chicago Games 1–2, 5–7 (joined-in-progress) Danny Gallivan
1954 Semifinals Detroit-Toronto Games 3–4

(joined-in-progress)

Foster Hewitt
Montreal-Boston Games 1–2

(joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan
1955 Semifinals Detroit-Toronto Games 3–4

(joined-in-progress)

Foster Hewitt
Montreal-Boston Games 1–2, 5

(joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan
1956 Semifinals Montreal-New York Rangers Games 1–5

(joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan
Detroit-Toronto Games 3–5

(joined-in-progress)

Foster Hewitt
1957 Semifinals Montreal-New York Rangers Games 1–5

(Games 3–5 joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan
1958 Semifinals Montreal-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 Boston-Toronto Games 1–7

(joined-in-progress)

Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt
Montreal-Chicago Games 1–6

(Games 1–5 joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan
1960 Semifinals Montreal-Chicago Games 1–4

(joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan
Toronto-Detroit Games 1–6

(joined-in-progress)

Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt
1961 Semifinals Montreal-Chicago Games 1–6

(Games 1–2, 5 joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy (in Montreal)
Toronto-Detroit Games 1–5

(Games 1–2, 5 joined-in progress)

Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)
1962 Semifinals Montreal-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 Toronto)
1963 Semifinals Toronto-Montreal Games 1–5 (joined-in-progress) Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)

Chicago-Detroit Game 6 Bill Hewitt
1964 Semifinals Montreal-Toronto Games 1–7

(Games 1–6 joined-in-progress)

Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (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) Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane (Game 7)
Montreal-Toronto Games 1–6 (joined-in progress) Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)

1966 Semifinals Montreal-Toronto Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (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)

Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt
Montreal-New York Rangers Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan Dan Kelly (in Montreal)

Dick Irvin, Jr. (in New York)

Notes Edit

  • 1955 - Game 3 of the Detroit-Toronto series and Game 5 of the Boston-Montreal series were televised nationally.
  • 1956 - Game 4 of the Montreal-New York Rangers series was not the potential clincher, nor was it played in Montreal. Therefore, there was a possible chance that the game wasn't going to be televised.
  • 1957 - Games 1, 2 and 4 of the Montreal-New York Rangers series were likely not seen outside of Montreal region if not televised at all.
  • 1958 - Games 1, 2 and 3 of the Montreal-Detroit series were likely not seen outside of 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 Hewitt 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 3 overtimes of the game 3 of the Toronto-Detroit series. Because of this, the angry viewers missed several previously scheduled shows as the overtime continued on. 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 of 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 Montreal-Chicago series at 8:30 p.m. Central time (9:30 p.m. Eastern time). Meanwhile, they aired The Ed Sullivan Show at 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. Eastern), which included guest stars Wayne and Shuster. This was followed by Close-Up at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 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 9:00 p.m.
  • 1967 - With the exception of Game 2 of the Toronto-Chicago series, all of 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 Edit

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 commentators Studio host
1966 Semifinals Games 2, 5 Detroit-Chicago NBC Win Eliot Bill Mazer Jim Simpson and Bill Cullen
1967 Semifinals Game 5 Toronto-Chicago CBS Jim Gordon Stu Nahan Stu Nahan

Notes Edit

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