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NHL on Hughes is the de facto name of a TV program that broadcast National Hockey League games on the defunct independent Hughes Television Network during the 1979–80 season.[1] The program aired under the title The NHL '80.[2] Hughes broadcast Thursday night games,[3] the All-Star Game,[4] some playoff games, and the first five games of the Stanley Cup Finals[5] (the final game, Game 6, was broadcast by CBS). Hughes technically, used CBC's Hockey Night in Canada feeds for the American coverage of the first five games of the Stanley Cup Finals. The first broadcast involved the Atlanta Flames against the Chicago Blackhawks on January 25.

Playoff coverage[]

Round Teams Games Play-by-play Color commentators
First round Pittsburgh-Boston Game 2
New York Rangers-Atlanta Game 4 Jiggs McDonald Pete Stemkowski
Quarterfinals Montreal-Minnesota Games 6–7 Dan Kelly Mickey Redmond
Semifinals Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 3, 6
(CBC's feed)
Jim Robson (first half of Game 3)
Dan Kelly (second half of Games 3 and 6)
Bob Cole (first half of Game 6)
Gerry Pinder (Game 3)
Gary Dornhoefer (Game 6)
Philadelphia-Minnesota Games 1, 3–4
Game 4 used (CBC's feed)
Dan Kelly (Games 1, 3, and first half of Game 4)
Jim Robson (second half of Game 4)
Bill Clement (Game 1)
Pete Stemkowski (Game 3)
Gerry Pinder and Howie Meeker (Game 4)

Stanley Cup Finals[]

Main article: 1980 Stanley Cup Finals
Play-by-play Color commentators
Bob Cole (first half of Games 1 and 2)
Jim Robson (first half of Games 3–4, second half of Game 5)
Dan Kelly (second half of Games 1–4, first half of Game 5, plus overtime in Game 1)
Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin, Jr.
  1. "Sports BRIEFING". Chicago Tribune. October 10, 1979. 
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  3. "Hughes Network to Show Number of Hockey Games". New York Times. October 11, 1979. 
  4. "NHL, Hughes Network Agree on Prime-Time TV Coverage". Los Angeles Times: p. F6. October 10, 1979. 
  5. Associated Press (May 13, 1980). "Games Will Be Televised". Reading Eagle: p. 22.