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 Harry Neale
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–4 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Montreal-Hartford Games 1, 3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. and Don Marshall
Boston-Pittsburgh Game 5 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Minnesota-Toronto Games 1, 3 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Quarterfinals Montreal-Minnesota Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Semifinals Philadelphia-Minnesota Games 4–5 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 1–3, 6 Bob Cole Harry Neale
1981 First round New York Islanders-Toronto Games 1–3 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane and Gerry Pinder
Montreal-Edmonton Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–3 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Philadelphia-Quebec Games 4–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–3 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Quarterfinals New York Islanders-Edmonton Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Philadelphia-Calgary Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Semifinals Calgary-Minnesota Games 1–6 Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer
1982 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Quebec Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Winnipeg-St. Louis Games 1–4 Don Wittman John Davidson
Edmonton-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Vancouver-Calgary Games 1–3 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Divisional finals Boston-Quebec Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Vancouver-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Conference finals New York Islanders-Quebec Games 1–4 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Chicago-Vancouver Games 1–5 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
1983 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Buffalo Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Minnesota-Toronto Games 1–4 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 John Wells Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Divisional finals New York Islanders-New York Rangers Game 6 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–5 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Conference finals New York Islanders-Boston Games 2–3, 5–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–4 Jim Robson 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 Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Division finals Quebec-Montreal Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–7 Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer
Conference finals Montreal-New York Islanders Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Minnesota Games 1–4 Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer
1985 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Boston Games 1–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale 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 Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Chicago-Minnesota Game 6 Don Wittman John Davidson
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–4 Don Wittman John Davidson
Conference finals Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–6 Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer
1986 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Boston Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Chicago-Toronto Games 1–3 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Minnesota-St. Louis Games 4–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Edmonton-Vancouver Games 1–3 Don Wittman John Davidson
Divisional finals Montreal-Hartford Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
St. Louis-Toronto Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–7 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer (Games 1–6)
John Davidson (Game 7)
Conference finals Montreal-New York Rangers Games 1–5 Bob Cole Harry Neale and 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 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
St. Louis-Toronto Games 1–6 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Edmonton-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Calgary-Winnipeg Games 1–6 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Divisional finals Montreal-Quebec Games 1–2, 5, 7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
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 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
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 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.
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 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale
Los Angeles-Edmonton Games 1–7 Don Wittman John Davidson
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 John Davidson
Calgary-Los Angeles Games 1–4 Don Wittman John Davidson
Conference finals Montreal-Philadelphia Games 1–6 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–5 Don Wittman John Davidson

Notes[edit]

  • On April 9, 1980, CBC carried the ACTRA awards ceremony. This caused the 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, 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.
  • 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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