List of Stanley Cup Finals broadcasters

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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
2014 NBC (Games 1-2, 5) Kenny Albert (Game 1)
Mike Emrick (Games 2-5)
Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3-4)
2013 NBC (Games 1, 4-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 2-3)
2012 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3-4)
2011 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire (All games)
and Darren Pang (Games 6-7)
Liam McHugh (Games 1-2)
and Dan Patrick (Games 5-7)
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Versus (Games 3-4) Bill Patrick
2010 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Pierre McGuire (Games 1-2)
and Dan Patrick (Games 5-6)
Mike Milbury, Ryan Miller (Game 1),
and Jeremy Roenick (Games 2, 5-6)
Versus (Games 3-4) Charissa Thompson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Brian Engblom
Notes[edit]
  • 2014 – In the United States, NBCSN broadcast games three and four, while NBC televised the remaining games. NBC Sports originally planned to repeat its coverage pattern from the last few seasons: NBCSN would televise game two and three, while NBC would broadcast game one, and then games four to seven.[1] After the league scheduled Game 2 on the day of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, coverage of games two and four were switched so NBC's telecast of the horse race would serve as lead-in programming to Game 2. Due to the death of a family member, NBC lead play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick missed Game 1. Kenny Albert, who was also the Rangers radio announcer for WEPN and announced several national games (including the Western Conference Finals) for NBC/NBCSN, filled in for Emrick in the first game.[2]
  • NBC and NBCSN will televise the Stanley Cup Finals through 2021.

2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) 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) Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Brian Engblom
2008 Versus (Games 1-2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones, Brian Engblom and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3-6) Pierre McGuire Bob Neumeier Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire
2007 Versus (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris 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 Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Clement Keith Jones, Brian Engblom 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
Erin Andrews and Sam Ryan (Entire series)
Steve Levy (Games 1-2) and Darren Pang (Games 3-7)
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 John Saunders and
Chris Berman (Games 3–6)
Barry Melrose and Darren Pang
ABC(Games 3–7) Bill Clement and
John Davidson
Barry Melrose
2002 ESPN (Games 1-2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom, Darren Pang, Steve Levy,
and Al Morganti (Games 1-2)
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 John Davidson
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) and John Saunders (Game 6) John Davidson and Barry Melrose
Notes[edit]
  • As part of NBC's coverage, Pierre McGuire, while positioned as a rinkside reporter, provides color commentary from his vantage point - known as Inside the Glass.

1990s[edit]

Year Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) 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, Al Morganti and Steve Levy 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 John Saunders Barry Melrose
1997 Fox (Game 1) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti and Chris Simpson James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2–4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Al Morganti 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 Al Morganti and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1995 Fox (Games 1, 4) Mike Emrick John Davidson Joe Micheletti James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2-3) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom John Saunders Barry Melrose
1994 N.Y. Rangers-Vancouver ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Al Morganti and Steve Levy John Saunders Darren Pang
1993 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Al Morganti, Steve Levy 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 19951999, Fox split coverage of the 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. Games 1, 5, and 7 were usually scheduled to be televised by Fox; Games 2, 3, 4, and 6 by ESPN. However from 1995 to 1998, the Finals were all four game sweeps; 1999 ended in six 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/ESPN.

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) 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 Tom Mees
1987 ESPN Mike Emrick Bill Clement Tom Mees Tom Mees
1986 ESPN Sam Rosen (Games 1-2)
Ken Wilson (Games 3-5)
Mickey Redmond (Games 1-2, 5)
Bill Clement (Games 3-4)
Jim Kelly Tom Mees Mike Liut
1985 USA Dan Kelly (Games 1-2)
Al Albert (Games 3-5)
Gary Green Al Trautwig
1984 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Trautwig
1983 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Albert
1982 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Trautwig and Jim Van Horne (in Vancouver)
1981 USA (CBC's feed) Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer and Mickey Redmond Dave Hodge
1980 Hughes[4] (Games 1–5) Dan Kelly
Bob Cole (Games 1-2, 5)
Jim Robson (Games 3-4)
Gary Dornhoefer
Dick Irvin, Jr.
Dave Hodge Don Cherry
CBS (Game 6) Dan Kelly and Tim Ryan Lou Nanne Tim Ryan
Notes[edit]
  • 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 the first and third periods as well as overtime. Meanwhile, Tim Ryan only did play-by-play for the second period. This would be the last time that a National Hockey League game would be broadcast on American network television for ten years (until the 1990 NHL All-Star Game aired on NBC).
    • Game 6 pulled a 4.4 rating on CBS.[5] After the game ended, except for the New York and Philadelphia affiliates, CBS dropped the telecast and went to a previously-scheduled golf telecast. New York and Philadelphia viewers got a postgame show before they joined the very end of the golf broadcast. Given that the game went into overtime, CBS cut away from hockey during the intermission between the end of regulation and the start of overtime to present ten minutes of live golf coverage, with the golf announcers repeatedly mentioning that the network would return to hockey in time for the start of sudden-death.

1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1979 NHL Dan Kelly Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1978 NHL Dan Kelly (in Montreal) and Fred Cusick (in Boston) Marv Albert (all games)
1977 NHL Marv Albert Tim Ryan and Stan Mikita (Game 1)
Garry Unger (Game 2)
Chico Resch (Game 3)
Don Awrey (Game 4)
1976 NHL Marv Albert (Games 1, 3-4) and Ted Darling (Game 2) Stan Mikita (Game 1)
Garry Unger (Game 2)
Chico Resch (Game 3)
Curt Bennett (Game 4)
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 Bill Mazer
Notes[edit]
  • 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 the fourth (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(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1969 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer 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 Elliot Bill Mazer Jim Simpson and Bill Cullen
RKO General (Game 6) Bob Wolff Emile Francis
Notes[edit]
  • NBC's coverage of the 1966 Stanley Cup Finals marked the first time that hockey games were televised in color on network TV. CBC wouldn't follow suit until the following year. NBC's Stanley Cup coverage preempted a sports anthology series called NBC Sports in Action hosted by Jim Simpson and Bill Cullen, who were between-periods co-hosts for NBC's Stanley Cup broadcasts.

Local television[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1994 N.Y. Rangers-Vancouver MSG Network (New York area) (New York Rangers) Sam Rosen John Davidson Al Trautwig Al Trautwig
1993 Prime Ticket (Los Angeles area) Bob Miller Jim Fox
1992 KBL (Pittsburgh area; Games 1-2)
KDKA (Pittsburgh area; Games 3-4)
Mike Lange Paul Steigerwald Stan Savran
SportsChannel Chicago (Chicago area) Pat Foley Dale Tallon
1991 KBL (Pittsburgh area; Games 1-2, 5)
KDKA (Pittsburgh area; Games 3-4, 6)
Mike Lange Paul Steigerwald
Pay-Per-View (Minnesota area) Dave Hodge 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

1980s[edit]

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

1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
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 commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1969 KPLR (Games 2-3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle
1968 KPLR (Games 2-3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle
1962 WGN (Games 1-2, and 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.
  • 19811994: Local coverage permitted for all games. National coverage (cable) not exclusive.
  • 19761979: National coverage on syndicated networks exclusive.
  • 19681975: Local coverage permitted for non-network games. National network telecasts exclusive.

Canadian television[edit]

National television[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts I-Desk Contributors
2014 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey, P.J. Stock and Elliotte Friedman 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 Andi Petrillo
2012 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock Andi Petrillo
2011 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock Jeff Marek and Scott Morrison
2010 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy, Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey Jeff Marek and Scott Morrison
Notes[edit]
  • Beginning in 2010, Glenn Healy was positioned between the team benches and provided color commentary in addition to reporting.
  • 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 would then take 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[10]

2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2009 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock
2008 CBC Bob Cole Greg Millen Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean (primary—ice level) and Scott Oake (secondary—press box) Don Cherry (primary—ice level), Kelly Hrudey and Craig Simpson (secondary—press box)
2007 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Greg Millen Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2006 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman 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 Teams Network Play-by-play Colour 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 Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1997 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell (Games 1-2)
Scott Oake (Games 3-4)
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 N.Y. Rangers-Vancouver 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]

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1989 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1988 Global/Canwest (Games 1-2) Dan Kelly John Davidson Jim Tatti Dave Hodge
CBC (Games 3-4b) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert (Game 4b) Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1987 CBC (Games 1-2, 6-7) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert (Game 7) Ron MacLean Don Cherry
Global/Canwest (Games 3-4, 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. (Games 3-5)
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
1984 CBC Bob Cole Dick Irvin, Jr. (all games)
Mickey Redmond (Games 1-2)
Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3-5)
John Wells (Games 3-5) Dave Hodge Don Cherry (Games 1-2)
Howie Meeker (Games 3-5)
1983 CBC Jim Robson (Games 1-2)
Bob Cole (Games 3-4)
Gary Dornhoefer (Games 1-2)
Mickey Redmond (Games 3-4)
John Wells (Games 1-2) Dave Hodge Howie Meeker (Games 1-2)
Don Cherry (Games 3-4)
1982 CBC Bob Cole (Games 1-2)
Jim Robson (Games 3-4)
Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 1-2)
Howie Meeker and Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3-4)
Steve Armitage (Games 3-4) Dave Hodge Don Cherry (Games 1-2)
1981 CBC Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer and Mickey Redmond Dave Hodge
1980 CBC Dan Kelly (Games 1-5)
Bob Cole (Games 1-2, 5)
Jim Robson (Games 3-4, 6)
Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge Don Cherry
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 the "official" fourth game (on May 26), for which the Oilers won 6–3.
  • Even though CTV decided to pull the plug on their two 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 lead to them syndicating 1987 and 1988 playoff telecasts on a chain of channels that would one 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. Therefore, both CBC and Canwest-Global televised the seventh game while using separate production facilities and separate on-air talent.
    • In 1988, Global had the rights to the sixth and seventh games 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 would go on to televise Games 3, 4 and 5 nationally. When CTV televised Games 1 and 2, both games were blacked out in Montreal and Calgary. Had the series gone to a seventh game, 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, 4 and 5 were televised in Edmonton only. CTV televised Games 3, 4, and 5 nationally while games were blacked out in Edmonton.
  • In 1980, Bob Cole, Dan Kelly and Jim Robson shared play-by-play duties for CBC's coverage. Cole did play-by-play for the first half of Games 1, 2 and 5. Meanwhile, Kelly did play-by-play for the second half Games 1-5 (Kelly also did called the overtime period of Game 1). Finally, Robson did play-by-play for first half of Games 3 and 4 and Game 6 entirely. In essence this would mean that Cole or Robson would do play-by-play for the first period and the first half of the second period. Therefore, at the closest stoppage of play near the 10 minute mark of the second period, Cole or Robson would hand off the call to Kelly for the duration of the game. Kelly did not work Game 6 as he was calling that game for CBS.

1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1979 CBC Dan Kelly Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1978 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal) and Dan Kelly (in Boston) Dick Irvin, Jr. and Glenn Resch (all games) Dave Hodge
1977 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1976 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1975 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Buffalo) and Jim Robson (in Philadelphia) Dick Irvin, Jr. (all games) Dave Hodge
1974 CBC Bill Hewitt (all games) Brian McFarlane (Games 1-2, 4-5) and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 3, 6) Dave Hodge
1973 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1972 CTV Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane Dave Hodge
1971 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1970 CBC Bill Hewitt (Games 1-2)
Danny Gallivan (Games 3-4)
Brian McFarlane (Game 1-2)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 3-4)
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 Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1969 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1968 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1967 CBC Bill Hewitt (in Toronto) and Danny Gallivan (in Montreal) Brian McFarlane (in Toronto) and 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 and Brian McFarlane Ward Cornell
1961 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1960 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal) and Bill Hewitt (in Toronto) Keith Dancy (in Montreal) and 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 Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1959 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal) and Bill Hewitt (in Toronto) Keith Dancy (in Montreal) and Foster Hewitt (in Toronto) Ward Cornell
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, 4 and 5 were joined in progress at 9:30 p.m. (approximately one hour after start time). Meanwhile, CBC joined Game 6 in at 10:00 p.m. (again, one hour after start time). Game 7 was carried Dominion wide (nationwide) from opening the face off at 9:00 p.m. Since Game 7 was played on Good Friday night, there were no commercials (Imperial Oil was the sponsor).

Local television[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1986 CBMT (Montreal) and CBRT (Calgary) Don Wittman John Davidson Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1985 CBXT (Games 3-5) Don Wittman John Davidson Dave Hodge Don Cherry

French Canadian television[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s) Ice level reporters
2014 RDS Pierre Houde Marc Denis Luc Gelinas and Chantal Machabée
2013 RDS Pierre Houde Marc Denis Luc Gelinas and Chantal Machabée
2012 RDS Pierre Houde Marc Denis Luc Gelinas and Renaud Lavoie
2011 RDS Pierre Houde Benoit Brunet Renaud Lavoie
2010 RDS Pierre Houde Benoit Brunet Luc Gelinas

2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
2009 RDS Pierre Houde Benoit Brunet
2008 RDS Pierre Houde Yvon Pedneault
2007 RDS Pierre Houde Yvon Pedneault
2006 RDS Pierre Houde Yvon Pedneault
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 RDS Pierre Houde Yvon Pedneault
2003 RDS Pierre Houde Yvon Pedneault
2002 SRC Claude Quenneville Michel Bergeron
2001 SRC Claude Quenneville Michel Bergeron
2000 SRC Claude Quenneville Michel Bergeron

1990s[edit]

Year Teams Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1999 SRC Claude Quenneville Michel Bergeron
1998 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1997 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1996 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1995 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1994 N.Y. Rangers-Vancouver SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1993 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1992 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1991 SRC Claude Quenneville Gilles Tremblay
1990 SRC Richard Garneau Gilles Tremblay

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1989 SRC Richard Garneau Gilles Tremblay
1988 SRC Richard Garneau Gilles Tremblay
1987 SRC Richard Garneau Gilles Tremblay
1986 SRC Richard Garneau Gilles Tremblay and Mario Tremblay
1985 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1984 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1983 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1982 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1981 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1980 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay

1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1979 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1978 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1977 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1976 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1975 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1974 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1973 SRC
TVA
Rene Lecavalier
Jacques Moreau
Gilles Tremblay
N/A
1972 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1971 SRC Rene Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
1970 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly

1960s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1969 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1968 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1967 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1966 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1965 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1964 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1963 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1962 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1961 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1960 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly

1950s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Colour commentator(s)
1959 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1958 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1957 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1956 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1955 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1954 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly
1953 SRC Rene Lecavalier Jean-Maurice Bailly

Radio[edit]

For more details on this topic, see National Hockey League on the radio.

2010s[edit]

Year Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2014 KEIB (Los Angeles)
WEPN (NY Rangers)
Nick Nickson
Don La Greca (Game 1) and Kenny Albert (Game 2-4)
Daryl Evans
Dave Maloney
2013 WBZ-FM (Boston)
WGN (Chicago)
Dave Goucher
John Wiedeman
Bob Beers
Troy Murray
2012 KTLK (Los Angeles)
WFAN (New Jersey)
Nick Nickson
Matt Loughlin
Daryl Evans
Sherry Ross
2011 WBZ-FM, WBZ (Game 7 only) (Boston)
CKST (Vancouver)
Dave Goucher
John Shorthouse
Bob Beers
Dave Tomlinson
2010 WIP (Philadelphia)
WGN (Chicago)
Tim Saunders
John Wiedeman
Chris Therien
Troy Murray

2000s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2009 WXDX-FM (Pittsburgh)
WXYT (Detroit)
Mike Lange
Ken Kal
Phil Bourque
Paul Woods
2008 NHL Radio (Continental)
WXDX-FM (Pittsburgh)
WXYT (Detroit)
Sam Rosen
Mike Lange
Ken Kal
Bill Clement
Phil Bourque
Paul Woods
2007 Anaheim-Ottawa NHL Radio (Continental)
KLAA (Anaheim)
CFGO(Ottawa)
Sam Rosen
Steve Carroll
Dean Brown
Darren Eliot
Dan Wood
Gord Wilson
2006 NHL Radio (Continental)
WCMC-FM (Carolina)
CHED (Edmonton)
Sam Rosen
Chuck Kaiton
Rod Phillips
Ed Olczyk
John Forslund
Morley Scott
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 NHL Radio (Continental)
WDAE (Tampa Bay)
(Calgary)
Sam Rosen
Dave Mishkin
Peter Maher
Ed Olczyk
Phil Esposito
Mike Rogers
2003 NHL Radio (Continental)
WABC (New Jersey)
KMXE (Anaheim)
Sam Rosen
John Hennessy
Steve Carroll
Ed Olczyk
Randy Velischek
Dan Wood
2002 NHL Radio (Continental)
WJR (Detroit)
WBT (Carolina)
Sam Rosen
Ken Kal
Chuck Kaiton
Gary Green & Darren Eliot
Paul Woods
John Forslund
2001 NHL Radio (Continental)
KOA (Colorado)
WABC (New Jersey)
Sam Rosen
Marc Moser
Mike Miller
Gary Green

Randy Velischek
2000 NHL Radio (Continental)
WABC (New Jersey)
WBAP (Dallas)
Sam Rosen
Mike Miller
Ralph Strangis
Gary Green
Randy Velischek
Daryl Reaugh

Notes[edit]

  • XM Satellite Radio is the official satellite radio broadcaster of the NHL, as of July 1, 2007.[11] Between September 2005 and June 2007, the NHL's broadcasting rights were shared with both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio and were broadcast on just Sirius before the NHL lockout. XM used to broadcast more than 80% of NHL games, including all the playoffs and finals. Starting with the 2007–08 season, XM broadcast every game.

1990s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Studio host
1999 NHL Radio (Continental)
WBAP (Dallas)
WGR (Buffalo)
Sam Rosen
Ralph Strangis
Rick Jeanneret
Gary Green
Daryl Reaugh
Jim Lorentz
1998 NHL Radio (Continental)
WJR (Detroit)
WTOP (Washington)
Sam Rosen
Ken Kal
Steve Kolbe
Gary Green
Paul Woods
Craig Laughlin
Sean Grande

1997 NHL Radio (Continental)
WXYT (Detroit)
WIP (Philadelphia)
Sam Rosen
Ken Kal and Bruce Martyn (2nd period of Game 4)
John Wiedeman
Gary Green
Paul Woods
Steve Coates
Doug Brown and Sean Grande

1996 NHL Radio (Continental)
KKFN (Colorado)
WQAM and WAXY (Florida)
Sam Rosen
Mike Haynes
Chris Moore
Gary Green

Denis Potvin
Doug Brown and Sean Grande

1995 NHL Radio (Continental)
WABC (New Jersey)
WJR (Detroit)
Kenny Albert
Mike Miller
Bruce Martyn
Gary Green
Sherry Ross
Paul Woods
Doug Brown
1994 N.Y. Rangers-Vancouver NHL Radio (Continental)
WFAN (N.Y. Rangers)
CKNW (Vancouver)
Kenny Albert
Marv Albert (Games 1, 7) and Howie Rose (Games 2-6)
Jim Robson
Sherry Ross
Sal Messina
Tom Larscheid
Doug Brown
1993 Global Sports Network (Continental)
(Montreal)
(Los Angeles)
Howie Rose
Dino Sisto
Nick Nickson
Mike Keenan
Steve Shutt
Tom Laidlaw
Ted Sarandis
1992 Star Broadcasting Network (National)
1991 ABC Radio (National)
Don Chevrier
Phil Esposito
Fred Manfra
1990 ABC Radio (National)
Don Chevrier
Phil Esposito
Fred Manfra

1980s[edit]

Year Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1981 Enterprise Radio Network (National)

1960s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1967 Toronto-Montreal
1964 Toronto-Detroit
1963 Toronto-Detroit
1962 Toronto-Chicago

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage" (Press release). April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. NBC will broadcast Game 1, Game 4, and Games 5–7 (if necessary), with NBCSN televising Games 2–3 
  2. ^ "Twitter/@NBCSportsPR: @KennyAlbert will call Gm 1 of Stanley Cup Final on Wed on NBC. Doc Emrick is dealing w a death in the family. He will return for Games 2–7". Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014. @KennyAlbert will call Gm 1 of Stanley Cup Final on Wed on NBC. Doc Emrick is dealing w a death in the family. He will return for Games 2–7 
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  4. ^ Associated Press (May 13, 1980). "Games Will Be Televised". Reading Eagle. p. 22. 
  5. ^ Walters, John (June 19, 2000). "A Small Victory". Sports Illustrated. 
  6. ^ "May 26 Selected For a 7th Game". New York Times. May 13, 1979. p. S4. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (May 13, 1979). "NHL, ABC-TV Agree". Reading Eagle. p. 89. 
  8. ^ Ramsay, Donald (May 22, 1979). "Montreal win kills ABC TV deal but Ziegler feels pact is on way". The Globe and Mail. p. P35. 
  9. ^ Boston Globe, May 5, 1966
  10. ^ Rush, Curtis (November 26, 2013). "NHL signs 12-year TV, Internet deal with Rogers; CBC keeps 'Hockey Night in Canada'". Toronto Star. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "XM to Become Exclusive Satellite Radio Carrier of NHL" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 

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