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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 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–4 Jim Robson Gerry Pinder and Howie Meeker
Montreal-Hartford Games 1, 3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Boston-Pittsburgh Game 5 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
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 Gerry Pinder and Howie Meeker
Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 1–3, 6 Dan Kelly Gary Dornhoefer
1981 First round New York Islanders-Toronto Games 1–3 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane (Games 1–2)

Gerry Pinder (Game 3)

Montreal-Edmonton Games 1–3 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Buffalo-Vancouver Games 1–3 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Philadelphia-Quebec Games 4–5 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–3 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
Quarterfinals New York Islanders-Edmonton Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Philadelphia-Calgary Games 1–7 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
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 Gerry Pinder
Edmonton-Los Angeles Games 1–5 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer
Vancouver-Calgary Games 1–3 Jim Robson (Games 1–2)

Dave Hodge (Game 3)

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 Danny Gallivan 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 Don Earle Gerry Pinder
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 John Wells (Games 1–2)

Don Wittman (Game 3)

Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Divisional finals New York Islanders-New York Rangers Game 6 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
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 Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–3 Don Earle Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–4 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Division finals Quebec-Montreal Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan (Games 1–5)

Bob Cole (Game 6)

Dick Irvin, Jr. and Harry Neale (Game 6)
Edmonton-Calgary Games 1–7 Jim Robson Howie Meeker
Conference finals Montreal-New York Islanders Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Edmonton-Minnesota Games 1–4 Don Wittman 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 (Games 1–2)

Gary Dornhoefer (Games 3–4)

Conference finals Edmonton-Chicago Games 1–6 Don Wittman Gary Dornhoefer (Game 1)

John Davidson (Games 2–6)

1986 Divisional semifinals Montreal-Boston Games 1–3 Dick Irvin, Jr. Gary Dornhoefer
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 Dick Irvin, Jr. John Garrett (Games 1–6)

Gary Dornhoefer (Game 7)

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 (Game 1–6)

John Davidson (Game 7)

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)

Howie Meeker
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 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 Dick Irvin, Jr. Scotty Bowman
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 Dick Irvin, Jr. Gary Dornhoefer
Calgary-Vancouver Games 1–7 Bob Cole Harry Neale (Games 1–2)

John Garrett (Games 3–7)

Los Angeles-Edmonton Games 1–7 Don Wittman (in Los Angeles)

Chris Cuthbert (in Edmonton)

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 John Davidson
Calgary-Los Angeles Games 1–4 Don Wittman Scotty Bowman
Conference finals Montreal-Philadelphia Games 1–6 Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Calgary-Chicago Games 1–5 Don Wittman John Garrett (Games 1–2)

John Davidson (Games 3–5)

Noes 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 April 23 Boston-Quebec game (Game 6), April 25 Quebec-Boston game (Game 7), and 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 first 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.
  • TSN and CBC aired the 1988 Edmonton-Winnipeg playoff series using separate productions and on-air talent.
  • Canwest-Global aired the 1988 Edmonton-Calgary playoff series nationally, except for Edmonton and Calgary markets, where CBC retained exclusive rights.

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