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 Color commentators
1980 First round Philadelphia-Edmonton Games 1, 3 Bob Cole (in Philadelphia)
Don Wittman (in Edmonton)
Gary Dornhoefer (in Philadelphia)
Gerry Pinder (in Edmonton)
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–4 Don Wittman (in Buffalo)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Gerry Pinder (in Buffalo)
Howie Meeker (in Vancouver)
Montreal-Hartford Games 1, 3 Danny Gallivan Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr.
Boston-Pittsburgh Game 5 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Minnesota-Toronto Games 1, 3 Bill Hewitt (in Minnesota)
Bob Cole (in Toronto)
Howie Meeker and Brian McFarlane (in Minnesota)
Gary Dornhoefer and Brian McFarlane (in Toronto)
Quarterfinals Montreal-Minnesota Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin Jr.
Semifinals Philadelphia-Minnesota Games 4–5 Dan Kelly (first half of Game 4)
Jim Robson (second half of Game 4)
Don Wittman (Game 5)
Gerry Pinder and Howie Meeker (Game 4)
Dick Irvin Jr. (Game 5)
Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 1–3, 6 Bob Cole
Dan Kelly (2nd half of Game 6)
Gary Dornhoefer
1981 First round New York Islanders-Toronto Games 1–3 Bill Hewitt (in New York)
Bob Cole (in Toronto)
Howie Meeker and Brian McFarlane (in New York)
Gary Dornhoefer and Chico Resch (in Toronto)
Montreal-Edmonton Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr.
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–3 Don Wittman (in Buffalo)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Gerry Pinder (in Buffalo)
Howie Meeker (in Vancouver)
Philadelphia-Quebec Games 4–5 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–3 Bob Cole (in Calgary)
Don Wittman (in Chicago)
Gary Dornhoefer (in Calgary)
Gerry Pinder (in Chicago)
Quarterfinals New York Islanders-Edmonton Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan (in New York)
Don Wittman (in Edmonton)
Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr. (in New York)
Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3–4)
Gerry Pinder (Game 6)
Philadelphia-Calgary Games 1–7 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer (Games 1–2, 5–7)
Gerry Pinder (Games 3–4)
Semifinals Calgary-Minnesota Games 1–6 Jim Robson (in Calgary)
Don Wittman (in Minnesota)
Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr. (in Calgary)
Gary Dornhoefer and Chico Resch (in Minnesota)
1982 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Quebec Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan Gary Dornhoefer (Games 1, 3–4)
Bobby Hull (in Montreal)
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
Gary Dornhoefer (Game 5)
Vancouver-Calgary Games 1–3 Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Dave Hodge (in Calgary)
Howie Meeker
Divisional finals Boston-Quebec Games 1–7 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond
Bobby Hull (in Quebec)
Dick Irvin Jr. (in Boston)
Vancouver-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Don Wittman (in Los Angeles)
Gary Dornhoefer
Howie Meeker (in Vancouver)
Conference finals New York Islanders-Quebec Games 1–4 Bob Cole (in New York)
Danny Gallivan (in Quebec)
Dick Irvin Jr.
Mickey Redmond (in New York)
Bobby Hull (in Quebec)
Chicago-Vancouver Games 1–5 Don Wittman (in Chicago)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Gary Dornhoefer
Howie Meeker (in Vancouver)
Bobby Hull (Game 5)
1983 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Buffalo Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Don Cherry and Dick Irvin Jr.
Minnesota-Toronto Games 1–4 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 John Wells (in Edmonton)
Don Wittman (in Winnipeg)
Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Don Wittman (in Calgary)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
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 Gary Dornhoefer
Conference finals Boston-New York Islanders Games 2–3, 5–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin Jr.
Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–4 Jim Robson (in Edmonton)
Bob Cole (in Chicago)
Gary Dornhoefer (in Edmonton)
Mickey Redmond (in Chicago)
1984 Divisional semifinals Boston-Montreal Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr.
New York Islanders-New York Rangers Games 4–5 Bob Cole Dick Irvin Jr. and Don Cherry
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Don Wittman (in Calgary)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Howie Meeker
Division finals Quebec-Montreal Games 1–6 Bob Cole Mickey Redmond
Dick Irvin Jr. (Games 1–5 entirely; first 2 periods of Game 6)
Don Cherry (3rd period of Game 6)
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–7 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer
Conference finals Montreal-New York Islanders Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin Jr.
Edmonton-Minnesota Games 1–4 Jim Robson Mickey Redmond
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 and Dick Irvin Jr.
Chicago-Minnesota Game 6 Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–4 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer and John Davidson
Conference finals Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–6 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer and John Davidson
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 and John Davidson
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)
Steve Armitage (Game 3)
John Garrett
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 Scotty Bowman
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–4 Don Wittman Harry Neale
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 Bruce Buchanan John Garrett
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–5 Chris Cuthbert Chico 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.
Calgary-Edmonton 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)
John Garrett (Games 3–7)
Los Angeles-Edmonton Games 1–7 Chris Cuthbert (Games 1–4)
Don Wittman (Games 5–7)
John Garrett (Games 1–2)
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 Scotty Bowman and Dick Irvin Jr.
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–5 Don Wittman Harry Neale

Notes[edit]

  • On April 9, 1980, CBC carried the ACTRA awards ceremony. This caused Game 2 of Hartford-Montreal and Edmonton-Philadelphia playoff games not to be televised. Meanwhile, the Toronto-Minnesota game was shifted to CHCH in Hamilton while the Vancouver-Buffalo game was televised by CBC regionally in British Columbia as usual. The ACTRA awards show was tape-delayed into prime time on the west coast.
  • 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 1st 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, CBC decided to throw to Cuthbert and the solitary camera beside him in his coverage position to work the remainder of game 1. The whole process was totally done off the cuff. In other words, there were no graphics, no replay capabilities, and no analyst.
  • CanWest-Global aired the 1988 Edmonton-Calgary playoff series nationally, except for the Edmonton and Calgary markets, where CBC retained exclusive rights.

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