List of Hockey Night in Canada commentating crews (1980s)

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Stanley Cup playoffs[edit]

Year Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1980 First round Philadelphia-Edmonton Games 1, 3 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–4 Don Wittman (Games 1–2)
Jim Robson (Games 3–4)
Gerry Pinder (Games 3–4)
Howie Meeker (Games 3–4)
Montreal-Hartford Games 1, 3 Danny Gallivan Pit Martin (Game 1), Dick Irvin, Jr. and Don Marshall (Game 3)
Boston-Pittsburgh Game 5 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Minnesota-Toronto Games 1, 3 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Quarterfinals Montreal-Minnesota Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Don Cherry (Games 1–2, 7) and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Semifinals Philadelphia-Minnesota Games 4–5 Jim Robson (first half of Game 4, Game 5 entirely) and Dan Kelly (second half of Game 4) Gerry Pinder and Howie Meeker
Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 1–3, 6 Bob Cole (first half of Game 6, rest of the series entirely) and Dan Kelly (second half of Game 6) Gary Dornhoefer
1981 First round New York Islanders-Toronto Games 1–3 Bill Hewitt Howie Meeker (Games 1–2), Brian McFarlane (Games 1–2) and Gerry Pinder (Games 3)
Montreal-Edmonton Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–3 Don Wittman (Games 1–2)
Jim Robson (Games 3)
Gerry Pinder (Games 1–2)
Howie Meeker
Philadelphia-Quebec Games 4–5 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–3 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Quarterfinals New York Islanders-Edmonton Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan (Games 1–2, 5)
Don Wittman (Games 3–4, 6)
Mickey Redmond (Games 1–2, 5) and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 1–2, 5)
Gerry Pinder (Games 3–4) and Gary Dornhoefer (Games 6)
Philadelphia-Calgary Games 1–7 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer (Games 1–5, 7) and Gerry Pinder (Game 6)
Semifinals Calgary-Minnesota Games 1–6 Jim Robson (Games 1–2, 5)
Don Wittman (Games 3–4, 6)
Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 1–2, 5)
Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3–4, 6)
1982 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Quebec Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan Gary Dornhoefer (Games 1–4), Bobby Hull (Games 1, 5) and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 2–5)
Winnipeg-St. Louis Games 1–4 Don Wittman Mickey Redmond
Edmonton-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Bob Cole Don Cherry and Gary Dornhoefer (Game 5)
Vancouver-Calgary Games 1–3 Jim Robson (Games 1–2) and Dave Hodge (Game 3) Howie Meeker
Divisional finals Boston-Quebec Games 1–7 Bob Cole (Games 1-2,5,7) and Danny Gallivan (Games 2-3,6) Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Game 7)
Vancouver-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Jim Robson (Games 1–2, 5) and Don Wittman (Games 3–4) Gary Dornhoefer and Howie Meeker (Games 1–2, 5)
Conference finals New York Islanders-Quebec Games 1–4 Bob Cole (Games 1-2) and Danny Gallivan (Games 3-4) Mickey Redmond and Don Cherry
Chicago-Vancouver Games 1–5 Don Wittman (Games 1–2, 5) and Jim Robson (Games 3–4) Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker (Games 3–4) and Bobby Hull (Game 5)
1983 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Buffalo Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. and Don Cherry (Game 3)
Minnesota-Toronto Games 1–4 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 John Wells (Games 1–2) and Don Wittman (Game 3) Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Don Wittman (Games 1–2) and Jim Robson (Games 3–4) Howie Meeker
Divisional finals New York Islanders-New York Rangers Game 6 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond and Don Cherry
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–5 Jim Robson Mickey Redmond (Games 1–2, 5)
Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3–4)
Conference finals New York Islanders-Boston Games 2–3, 5–6 Danny Gallivan Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–4 Jim Robson (Games 1–2) and Bob Cole (Games 3–4) Gary Dornhoefer
1984 Divisional semifinals Boston-Montreal Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. and Mickey Redmond (Game 3)
New York Islanders-New York Rangers Games 4–5 Bob Cole Don Cherry and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Don Wittman (Games 1–2) and Jim Robson (Games 3–4) Howie Meeker
Division finals Quebec-Montreal Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan (Games 1–5) and Bob Cole (Game 6) Dick Irvin, Jr. and Mickey Redmond
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–7 Don Wittman (Games 1–2, 5, 7) and Jim Robson (Games 3–4, 6) Gary Dornhoefer
Conference finals Montreal-New York Islanders Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. and Mickey Redmond
Edmonton-Minnesota Games 1–4 Don Wittman (Games 1–2) and Bob Cole (Games 3–4) Gary Dornhoefer
1985 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Boston Games 1–5 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Los Angeles Games 1–3 Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer
Winnipeg-Calgary Games 1–4 Don Wittman John Davidson
Divisional finals Montreal-Quebec Games 1–2, 5, 7 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond (Games 1–2), Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer (Games 5, 7)
Chicago-Minnesota Game 6 Don Wittman John Davidson
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–4 Don Wittman John Davidson (Games 1–2) and Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3–4)
Conference finals Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–6 Jim Robson (Games 1–2) and Don Wittman (Games 3–6) Gary Dornhoefer (Game 1) and John Davidson (Games 2–6)
1986 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Boston Games 1–3 Dick Irvin, Jr. Harry Neale
Chicago-Toronto Games 1–3 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Minnesota-St. Louis Games 4–5 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Edmonton-Vancouver Games 1–3 Don Wittman John Davidson
Divisional finals Montreal-Hartford Games 1–7 Dick Irvin, Jr. Harry Neale
St. Louis-Toronto Games 1–7 Bob Cole John Davidson
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–7 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer
Conference finals Montreal-New York Rangers Games 1–5 Bob Cole Dick Irvin, Jr.
Calgary-St. Louis Games 1–7 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer
1987 Divisional semifinals Washington-New York Islanders Game 7 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Montreal-Boston Games 1–4 Dick Irvin, Jr. Gary Dornhoefer
St. Louis-Toronto Games 1–6 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Edmonton-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Jim Robson (Games 1–2, 4–5) and Steve Armitage (Game 3) Howie Meeker
Calgary-Winnipeg Games 1–6 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Divisional finals Montreal-Quebec Games 1–2, 5, 7 Dick Irvin, Jr. Gary Dornhoefer
Detroit-Toronto Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–4 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Conference finals Philadelphia-Montreal Games 1–6 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
1988 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Hartford Games 1–6 Dick Irvin, Jr. Scotty Bowman
Detroit-Toronto Games 1–6 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Calgary-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Don Wittman John Garrett
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–5 Chris Cuthbert Glenn Resch
Divisional finals Washington-New Jersey Games 1 (joined-in-progress), 6–7 Chris Cuthbert (Game 1)
Bob Cole (Games 6–7)

Harry Neale (Games 6–7)
Montreal-Boston Games 1–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–4 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Conference finals Boston-New Jersey Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale
1989 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Hartford Games 1–4 Dick Irvin, Jr. Scotty Bowman
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale (Games 1–2) and John Garrett (Games 3–7)
Los Angeles-Edmonton Games 1–7 Don Wittman John Garrett (Games 1–2) and Harry Neale (Games 3–7)
Divisional finals Montreal-Boston Games 1–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Games 6–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
St. Louis-Chicago Game 5 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Calgary-Los Angeles Games 1–4 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Conference finals Montreal-Philadelphia Games 1–6 Bob Cole Dick Irvin, Jr. and Scotty Bowman
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–5 Don Wittman Harry Neale

Notes[edit]

  • Aside from the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals, CBC's only other nationally televised postseason games (all of the other games were seen regionally) from that year were the April 23 Boston-Quebec game (Game 6), the April 25 Quebec-Boston game (Game 7), and the May 6 Vancouver-Chicago game (Game 5).
  • CTV had the national rights for the 1986 Calgary-St. Louis playoff series, except in the Calgary market, for which CBC and Molson retained exclusive rights to. CTV was unable to televise Games 2 and 3 of this series due to prior commitments. Meanwhile, CBC was allowed to televise Games 2 and 3 to all of Alberta and British Columbia, but not nationally.
  • On April 18, 1988 (during Game 1 of the Montreal-Boston playoff series) at approximately 8:08 p.m. local time, there was a power outage in the province of Quebec. While darkness enveloped Montreal and the Forum itself, the Forum's reserve generators kicked into gear. The generators were only able to illuminate the rink surface with enough power to keep the game moving. Ultimately, CBC was left with no choice but to abandon coverage following the first period.
    • On April 18, 1988, Chris Cuthbert was assigned by CBC to report and provide updates on Game 1 of Washington-New Jersey playoff series. However, when the Quebec blackout affected CBC's coverage of the Game 1 of the Boston-Montreal playoff series, the network decided to throw to Cuthbert and the solitary camera beside him in his coverage position to work the remainder of this game. The whole process was totally done off the cuff. In other words, there were no graphics, no replay capabilities and no analyst.

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