NHL on Hughes

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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 and the USA cable network 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[edit]

Round Teams Games Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
First round Pittsburgh-Boston Game 2
New York Rangers-Atlanta Game 4[6] Jiggs McDonald Pete Stemkowski
Quarterfinals Montréal-Minnesota Games 6–7 Dan Kelly Mickey Redmond
Semifinals Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 3, 6
(CBC's feed)[7][8]
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)[9][10]
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[edit]


Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
Bob Cole (Games 1–2; first half)
Jim Robson (Games 3–4; first half and Game 5; second half)
Dan Kelly (second half of Games 1–4, overtime in Game 1, and first half of game 5)
Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin Jr.


  1. ^ "Sports BRIEFING". Chicago Tribune. October 10, 1979.
  2. ^ 1980 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6: NY Islanders - Philadelphia Flyers on YouTube
  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. October 10, 1979. p. F6.
  5. ^ Associated Press (May 13, 1980). "Games Will Be Televised". Reading Eagle. p. 22.
  6. ^ Rangers @ Flames - 1980 Playoffs G # 4 (Full Game) on YouTube
  7. ^ Game 3 1980 Stanley Cup Semifinal Sabres at Islanders (CBC) on YouTube
  8. ^ Game 6 1980 Stanley Cup Semifinal Sabres at Islanders on YouTube
  9. ^ 29.04.1980 G1 Minnesota North Stars - Philadelphia Flyers on YouTube
  10. ^ Flyers vs North Stars 1980 playoffs, Game 4 highlights on YouTube
  11. ^ Game 1 1980 Stanley Cup Final Islanders at Flyers better quality on YouTube
  12. ^ Stanley Cup ' 80 Gm 2 Intro HNIC on YouTube
  13. ^ Game 3 1980 Stanley Cup Final Flyers at Islanders Denis Potvin end to end goal on YouTube
  14. ^ Game 4 1980 Stanley Cup Final Flyers at Islanders on YouTube
  15. ^ Stanley Cup ' 80 Gm 5 Intro HNIC on YouTube