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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
2015 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3-4)
2014 NBC (Games 1-2, 5) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3-4)
2013 NBC (Games 1, 4-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 2-3)
2012 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3-4)
2011 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Versus (Games 3-4) Bill Patrick
2010 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Dan Patrick Mike Milbury

and Jeremy Roenick

Versus (Games 3-4) Charissa Thompson Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Mark Messier
Notes Edit
  • 2014 – In the United States, NBC broadcasts games 1 and 2, NBCSN broadcast games 3 and 4, while NBC televised the remaining games. NBC Sports originally planned to repeat its coverage pattern from the last few seasons: NBCSN would televise Game 2 and 3, while NBC would broadcast Game 1, and then the remaining games from 4-7. After the league scheduled Game 2 on the day of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, coverage of Games 2 and 4 were switched so NBC's telecast of the horse race would serve as lead-in programming to Game 2.
  • NBC and NBCSN will televise the Stanley Cup Finals through 2021.

2000s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2009 NBC (Games 1-2, 5-7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Darren Pang Mike Milbury
Versus (Games 3-4) Chris Simpson Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Mark Messier
2008 Versus (Games 1-2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3-6) Joe Micheletti Bob Neumeier Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire
2007 Versus (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson Bill Clement Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–5) Joe Micheletti Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull
2006 OLN (Games 1-2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti Bill Clement Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–7) Pierre McGuire Ray Ferraro and Mike Modano
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 ESPN (Games 1-2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose and Jim Schoenfeld
ABC (Games 3–7)
2003 ESPN(Games 1-2) Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld and John Davidson
ABC (Games 3-7)
2002 ESPN (Games 1-2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3–5) Al Michaels and John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld and John Davidson
2001 ESPN (Games 1-2) Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3–7) Al Michaels John Davidson
2000 ESPN (Games 1-2) Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond Al Michaels and John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld and John Davidson
ABC (Games 3-6) John Saunders
Notes Edit
  • 2009 - Game 7 was the final major sporting event on analog television in the United States, with the DTV transition finishing less than an hour-and-a-half after the game ended and just one hour after NBC coverage ended. NBC affiliates WDIV-TV in Detroit and WPXI in Pittsburgh – who months before the Stanley Cup playoffs began electing to keep their own respective analog signals on until June 12, well past the original February 17 deadline – both remained on the air for game seven before cutting their analog signals at 11:59 EDT.
  • 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.
  • 2005 - Had the season not been canceled, ESPN would have televised the Games 1 and 2 and NBC Games 3-7. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire would have called the games respectively for both networks, while John Saunders would have been studio host for ESPN and Bob Costas doing the same for NBC.

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1999 Fox (Games 1-2, 5) Mike Emrick John Davidson Pierre McGuire Suzy Kolber Terry Crisp
ESPN (Games 3-4, 6) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1998 Fox (Game 1) Mike Emrick John Davidson Pierre McGuire 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 Pierre McGuire James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2–4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1996 Fox (Games 1, 3) Mike Emrick John Davidson Pierre McGuire James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2, 4) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1995 Fox (Games 1, 4) Mike Emrick John Davidson Brian Engblom James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2-3) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
1994 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld
1993 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom, Darren Pang, and Tom Mees John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld and John Davidson
1992 SportsChannel America Mike Emrick Bill Clement Gary Thorne Stan Fischler John Davidson
1991 SportsChannel America Mike Emrick Bill Clement Gary Thorne Stan Fischler John Davidson
1990 SportsChannel America Mike Emrick Bill Clement Gary Thorne Stan Fischler John Davidson
Notes Edit
  • From 1995–1999, 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 4 game sweeps; 1999 ended in 6 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 commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1989 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald

Mike Emrick and Bill Clement

Bill Clement Gary Thorne Stan Fischler John Davidson
1988 ESPN Mike Emrick and Bill Clement Mike Emrick and Bill Clement Mickey Redmond Tom Mees
1987 ESPN Mike Emrick and Bill Clement Mike Emrick and 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 Albert Al Trautwig
1984 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Albert Al Trautwig
1983 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Albert Al Trautwig
1982 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Albert Al Trautwig
1981 USA (CBC's feed) Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer and Mickey Redmond Dave Hodge
1980 Hughes[3](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

  • 1989 - SportsChannel's coverage aired on PRISM in the Philadelphia area. SportsChannel Philadelphia did not launch until January 1990. Both SportsChannel and PRISM were owned by Rainbow Media.
  • 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 throughout the game, Lou Nanne did color commentary throughout the game, and Tim Ryan served as ice level reporter throughout the game. This would be the last time that a National Hockey League game would be broadcast on American network television for 10 years (until the 1990 NHL All-Star Game aired on NBC), and the Stanley Cup Finals game on broadcast-network television until 1995.
    • Game 6 pulled a 4.4 rating on CBS. After the game ended, except for the New York and Philadelphia affiliates, CBS dropped the telecast and went to a previously-scheduled golf telecast, the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. 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 10 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 commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1979 NHL Dan Kelly Dick Irvin Jr. Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1978 NHL Dan Kelly Marv Albert Gary Unger
1977 NHL Mike Emrick Stan Mikita Chico Resch Curt Bennett
1976 NHL Mike Emrick Stan Mikita Chico Resch Curt Bennett
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 Harry Howell Bill Cullen
1971 CBS (Games 3, 6-7) Dan Kelly Jim Gordon Phil Esposito Bill Cullen
1970 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer Harry Howell Bill Cullen
Notes Edit
  • In 1979, ABC was contracted to televise Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Since the Finals ended in 5 games, the contract was void.
  • Starting in the 1978 playoffs, the NHL Network began simulcasting many games with Hockey Night in Canada. This happened in Game 7 of the quarter-final series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders. The entire 1979 Stanley Cup Finalsbetween the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was simulcast as well.
  • The 1976 Stanley Cup Finals on the NHL Network marked the first time that the NHL's championship series was nationally televised in its entirety in the United States.
    • Stan Mikita, Garry Unger, Chico Resch, and Curt Bennett each did one game as analyst. All were active players at the time.
  • 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 commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1969 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer Bill Cullen
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
1966 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.
  • Bob Wolff and Emile Francis were commentators for New York Rangers games seen over RKO General's WOR-TV New York during the 1965-66 season.
    • Although the TV listings page of the May 5, 1966 edition of the Boston Globe indicated that RKO-owned WNAC-TV in Boston would not carry the game, the then-ABC-affiliated station did clear the broadcast at the last minute.

Local television Edit

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1994 MSG Network Sam Rosen John Davidson Al Albert 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 Steve Armitage Stan Savran
SportsChannel Chicago (Chicago area) Pat Foley Dale Tallon Darren Pang
1991 KBL (Pittsburgh area; Games 1-2, 5)

KDKA (Pittsburgh area; Games 3-4, 6)

Mike Lange Paul Steigerwald Steve Armitage
Pay-Per-View (Minnesota area) Dave Hodge Lou Nanne
1990 NESN (Boston area; Games 1-2, 5) Fred Cusick Derek Sanderson Dave Shea Tom Larson
WSBK (Boston area; Games 3-4) Dave Shea Derek Sanderson Gene Lavanchy Johnny Peirson
Notes Edit
  • Games 4 and 5 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals was broadcast in the New York City area on MSG II because of MSG Network's commitment with the New York Yankees. 1994 was also the last time that local broadcasting of playoff games past the first two rounds was allowed.

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1988 WSBK (Boston area; Games 1-2, 4b) Fred Cusick Dave Shea Derek Sanderson Sean McDonough Johnny Peirson
NESN (Boston area; Games 3-4) Derek Sanderson 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 Peter McNab
1983 SportsChannel New York (New York area) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Peter McNab
1982 SportsChannel New York (New York area) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Peter McNab
1981 SportsChannel New York (New York area) Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Peter McNab
KMSP (Minnesota area) Bob Kurtz Tom Reid

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1975 WTAF (Philadelphia area; Games 3-4, 6) Don Earle
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
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 commentators 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.
  • 1981 – 1994: Local coverage permitted for all games. National coverage (cable) not exclusive.
  • 1976 – 1979: National coverage on syndicated networks exclusive.
  • 1968 – 1975: Local coverage permitted for non-network games. National network telecasts exclusive.

Canadian television Edit

National television Edit

2010s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2015 Sportsnet: (CBC) Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy George Stroumboulopoulos Mike Johnson and Mark Messier
Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelley Hrudey
2014 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelley Hrudey
2013 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelley Hrudey
2012 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelley Hrudey
2011 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelley Hrudey
2010 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelley Hrudey
Notes Edit
  • Beginning in 2010, Glenn Healy was positioned between the team benches and provided color commentary in addition to reporting.
  • From 2010 to 2014, the Hockey Night in Canada i-Desk was contributed by Elliotte Friedman, Andi Petrillo, Jeff Marek and Scott Morrison.
  • 2014 was the last year under the league's previous 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 Communicationswould 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.
    • The Stanley Cup Finals will be televised by CBC through at least 2018.

2000s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2009 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2008 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2007 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Greg Millen Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2006 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2003 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2002 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2001 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
2000 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators 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 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
  • 1997 - Ron MacLean did not host entire series as he was attending the funeral of Don Cherry's wife, Rose.

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators 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 John Davidson Ron Ruesch 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)

Chris Cuthbert Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1985 CBC (Games 1-2) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert Dave Hodge Don Cherry
CTV (Games 3-5) Danny Gallivan Ron Reusch Brad Park Dan Matheson Dave Maloney
1984 CBC Jim Robson Dick Irvin, Jr. John Wells Dave Hodge Howie Meeker
1983 CBC Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer John Wells Dave Hodge Howie Meeke
1982 CBC Jim Robson Dick Irvin, Jr. Steve Armitage Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1981 CBC Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer Mickey Redmond Dave Hodge
1980 CBC Jim Robson Dick Irvin, Jr. Gary Dornhoefer 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 Game 5 (on May 26), for which Oilers won 6–3.
  • Even though CTV decided to pull the plug on their 2 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-Canwest had the rights to Games 6 and 7 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 3-5 nationally. When CTV televised Games 1 and 2, both games were blacked out in Montreal and Calgary. Had the series gone to a Game 7, 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 3-5 nationally while games were blacked out in Edmonton.

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1979 CBC Dan Kelly Dick Irvin, Jr. Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1978 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Glenn Resch Dave Hodge
1977 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1976 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1975 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge
1974 CBC Bill Hewitt Dick Irvin, Jr.  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 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Brian McFarlane 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 Color commentators 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 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Brian McFarlane 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 Brian McFarlane Ward Cornell
1961 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1960 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Foster Hewitt 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-TVChicago; 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 Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1959 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Foster Hewitt 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 Color commentators 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

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