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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
2017 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2016 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2015 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3–4)
2014 NBC (Games 1–2, 5) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3–4)
2013 NBC (Games 1, 4–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 2–3)
2012 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
NBCSN (Games 3–4)
2011 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Liam McHugh Mike Milbury and Keith Jones
Versus (Games 3–4) Bill Patrick
2010 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–6) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Pierre McGuire Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick
Versus (Games 3–4) Charissa Thompson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Mike Milbury and Keith Jones

Notes Edit

  • 2014 – In the United States, NBC televised 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 games 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 commentator Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2009 NBC (Games 1–2, 5–7) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Pierre McGuire Darren Pang Mike Milbury
Versus (Games 3–4) Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Mark Messier
2008 Versus (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Patrick Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–6) Pierre McGuire Bob Neumeier Mike Milbury
2007 Versus (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Clement Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–5) Pierre McGuire Ray Ferraro
2006 OLN (Games 1–2) Mike Emrick John Davidson and Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood Bill Clement Keith Jones and Mark Messier
NBC (Games 3–7) Pierre McGuire Ray Ferraro
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Erin Andrews, Sam Ryan, Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders and Chris Berman Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3–7)
2003 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Sam Ryan, Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders and Chris Berman Barry Melrose and John Davidson
ABC (Games 3–7) Bill Clement and John Davidson Barry Melrose
2002 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3-5) Al Michaels John Davidson
2001 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3–7) Al Michaels John Davidson
2000 ESPN (Games 1–2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Barry Melrose
ABC (Games 3–6) Al Michaels John Davidson

Notes Edit

  • 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.

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 and Darren Pang 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 Pierre McGuire James Brown Dave Maloney
ESPN (Games 2-3) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom John Saunders Barry Melrose
1994 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom John Saunders John Davidson
1993 ESPN Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom and Darren Pang John Saunders Jim Schoenfeld and John Davidson
1992 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement John Davidson Mike Emrick John Davidson
1991 SportsChannel America Mike Emrick Bill Clement John Davidson Mike Emrick John Davidson
1990 SportsChannel America Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement John Davidson Mike Emrick John Davidson

Notes Edit

  • From 1995–1999, Fox split coverage of 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 on 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.

1980s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1989 SportsChannel America Mike Emrick Bill Clement Gary Thorne Stan Fischler Herb Brooks
1988 ESPN Mike Emrick Bill Clement Tom Mees
1987 ESPN Mike Emrick Bill Clement Tom Mees Tom Mees
1986 ESPN Sam Rosen (Games 1–2, 5)
Ken Wilson (Games 3–4)
Mickey Redmond (Games 1–2, 5)
Herb Brooks (Games 3–4)
Jim Kelly Tom Mees Mike Liut
1985 USA Dan Kelly (in Philadelphia)

Al Albert (in Edmonton)

Gary Green Al Trautwig Mike Liut
1984 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Trautwig
1983 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Albert
1982 USA Dan Kelly Gary Green Al Trautwig and Jim Van Horne (in Vancouver)
1981 USA (CBC's feed) Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1980 Hughes (Games 1–5) Dan Kelly,

Bob Cole (in Philadelphia)

Jim Robson (in New York)

Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer 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 for 1st and 3rd periods as well as overtime. Meanwhile, Tim Ryan did play-by-play for the second period. Minnesota North Stars' general manager Lou Nanne provided color commentary 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.

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
1979 NHL Dan Kelly and Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer
1978 NHL Dan Kelly (in Montreal)

Fred Cusick (in Boston)

Marv Albert
1977 NHL Dan Kelly Stan Mikita (Game 1)

Garry Unger (Game 2)

Chico Resch (Game 3)
Don Awrey (Game 4)

1976 NHL Dan Kelly Stan Mikita (Game 1)

Garry Unger (Game 2)

Chico Resch (Game 3)
Curt Bennett (Game 4)

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 and Harry Howell Jim Gordon
1971 CBS (Games 3, 6–7) Dan Kelly Jim Gordon and Phil Esposito Jim Gordon
1970 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer Bill Mazer
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, NHL Network began simulcasting many games with Hockey Night in Canada. This happened in Game 7 of the quarter-final series between Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders. The entire 1979 Stanley Cup Finals between 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.
  • 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 4th (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 commentator Studio Host
1969 CBS (Games 1, 4) Dan Kelly Bill Mazer Bill Mazer
1968 CBS (Games 1, 4) Stu Nahan Jim Gordon
1967 CBS (Games 2, 5) Stu Nahan Jim Gordon
1966 NBC (Games 1, 4) Win Eliot Bill Mazer Jim Simpson and Bill Cullen
RKO General (Game 6) Bob Wolff Emile Francis

Canadian Television Edit

National Television

2010s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
2017 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Scott Oake George Stroumboulopoulos Kelly Hrudey
Ron MacLean (Coach's Corner) Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2016 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy and Scott Oake Darren Millard Kelly Hrudey, Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman
Ron MacLean (Coach's Corner) Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2015 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy and Christine Simpson George Stroumboulopoulos Kelly Hrudey, Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman
Ron MacLean (Coach's Corner) Don Cherry (Coach's Corner)
2014 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2013 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2012 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2011 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey
2010 CBC Jim Hughson Craig Simpson Glenn Healy Ron MacLean Don Cherry and Kelly Hrudey

Notes

  • 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 current 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 Communications would 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 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 and Greg Millen 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 commentatorx Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1999 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Chris Cuthbert Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1998 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1997 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell Scott Oake 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 the 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. Chris Cuthbert Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1988 Global/Canwest (Games 1–2) Dan Kelly John Davidson Jim Tatti Dave Hodge
CBC (Games 3–5) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert Ron MacLean Don Cherry
1987 CBC (Games 1–2, 6–7) Bob Cole Harry Neale Chris Cuthbert Ron MacLean Don Cherry
Global/Canwest (Games 3–5, 7) Dan Kelly John Davidson Jim Tatti Dave Hodge
1986 CTV (Games 1–2) Dan Kelly Ron Reusch and Brad Park Dan Matheson Brad Park
CBC (Games 3–5) Bob Cole (Games 3–4)

Don Wittman (Game 5)

Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 3–4)

John Davidson (Game 5)

Dave Hodge Don Cherry
1985 CBC (Games 1–2) Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge Don Cherry
CTV (Games 3–5) Dan Kelly Ron Reusch and Brad Park Dan Matheson Dave Maloney
1984 CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. John Wells Dave Hodge
1983 CBC Jim Robson (in Edmonton)

Bob Cole (in New York)

Howie Meeker (in Edmonton)

Gary Dornhoefer (in New York)

John Wells Dave Hodge
1982 CBC Bob Cole (in New York)

Jim Robson (in Vancouver)

Gary Dornhoefer (in New York)

Howie Meeker (in Vancouver)

Steve Armitage Dave Hodge
1981 CBC Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer Dave Hodge
1980 CBC Dan Kelly (Games 1–5)

Bob Cole (in Philadelphia)

Jim Robson (in New York)

Dick Irvin, Jr. and 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 the first Game 4 as well as game 5 (on May 26), for which the Oilers won 6–3.
  • Even though CTV decided to pull the plug on their two-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, when CBC and Canwest-Global televised the seventh game they used separate production facilities and separate on-air talent.
    • In 1988, Canwest-Global had the rights to the 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 went 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 seventh game, 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 3–5 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 Studio host
1979 CBC Dan Kelly and Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)

Dave Hodge (in New York)

1978 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Dan Kelly (in Boston)

Dick Irvin, Jr. and Chico Resch Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)

Dave Hodge (in Boston)

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 Brian McFarlane (Games 1–2, 4–5)

Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 3, 6)

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 Bill Hewitt (in St. Louis)

Danny Gallivan (in Boston)

Brian McFarlane (in St. Louis)

Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Boston)

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 Studio host
1969 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1968 CBC Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr. Ward Cornell
1967 CBC Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)

Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)

Ward Cornell
1966 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Ward Cornell
1965 CBC Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Ward Cornell
1964 CBC Bill Hewitt Foster Hewitt Ward Cornell
1963 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1962 CBC Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane Ward Cornell
1961 CBC Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham Ward Cornell
1960 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)

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-TV Chicago; 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 Studio host
1959 CBC Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)

Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)

Keith Dancy (in Montreal)

Foster Hewitt (in Toronto)

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 commentator 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

Local television Edit

1990s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Ice level reporters Studio host Studio analysts
1994 MSG Network (Games 1–3, 6–7) (New York area) (New York Rangers)
MSG II (Games 4–5) (New York area) (New York Rangers)
Sam Rosen John Davidson Al Trautwig 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 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
Pay-Per-View (Minnesota area) Dave Hodge Lou Nanne
1990 NESN (Boston area; Games 1–2, 5) Fred Cusick Derek Sanderson and Dave Shea Dave Shea Tom Larson
WSBK (Boston area; Games 3–4) 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 Derek Sanderson Sean McDonough Johnny Peirson
NESN (Boston area; Games 3–4a) Derek Sanderson and Dave Shea 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 Stan Fischler
1983 SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 3–4)

WOR (New York area; Games 1–2)

Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
1982 SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 1, 2)

WOR (New York area; Games 3–4)

Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
1981 SportsChannel New York (New York area; Games 1-2, 5)

WOR (New York area; Games 3–4)

Jiggs McDonald Ed Westfall Stan Fischler
KMSP (Minnesota area) Bob Kurtz Tom Reid

1970s Edit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host Studio analysts
1975 WTAF (Philadelphia area; Games 3–4, 6) Don Earle and Gene Hart
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 and Gene Hart
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
1969 KPLR (Games 2–3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle
1968 KPLR (Games 2–3) Dan Kelly Gus Kyle
1962 WGN (Games 1–2, 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.

Radio Edit

2010s Edit

Year Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2015 WGN (Chicago)

WFLA (Tampa Bay)

John Wiedeman

Dave Mishkin

Troy Murray

Phil Esposito

2014 KEIB (Los Angeles)

WEPN (NY Rangers)

Nick Nickson

Kenny Albert

Daryl Evans
Joe Micheletti
2013 WGN (Chicago)

WBZ-FM (Boston)

John Wiedeman

Dave Goucher

Troy Murray

Bob Beers

2012 KTLK (Los Angeles)

WFAN (New Jersey)

Nick Nickson

Matt Loughlin

Daryl Evans

Sherry Ross

2011 WBZ-FM, WBZ (Game 7 only) (Boston)

CKST (Vancouver)

Dave Goucher

John Shorthouse

Bob Beers

Dave Tomlinson

2010 WGN (Chicago)

WIP (Philadelphia)

John Wiedeman

Tim Saunders

Troy Murray

Chris Therien

2000s Edit

Year Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentators
2009 WXDX-FM (Pittsburgh)

WXYT (Detroit)

Mike Lange

Ken Kal

Phil Bourque

Paul Woods

2008 NHL Radio (Continental)

WXYT (Detroit)
WXDX-FM (Pittsburgh)

Jim Hughson

Ken Kal

Mike Lange

Craig Simpson

Paul Woods
Phil Bourque

2007 NHL Radio (Continental)

KLAA (Anaheim)
CFGO (Ottawa)

Jim Hughson

Steve Carroll
Dean Brown

Craig Simpson

Dan Wood
Gord Wilson

2006 NHL Radio (Continental)

WCMC-FM (Carolina)
CHED (Edmonton)

Jim Hughson

Chuck Kaiton
Kevin Quinn

Craig Simpson

Ryan Walter

2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 NHL Radio (Continental)

WDAE (Tampa Bay)
(Calgary)

Jim Hughson

Dave Mishkin
Peter Maher

Craig Simpson

Phil Esposito
Mike Rogers

2003 NHL Radio (Continental)

WABC (New Jersey)
KMXE (Anaheim)

Jim Hughson
Mike Emrick
Steve Carroll
Craig Simpson

Randy Velischek
Dan Wood

2002 NHL Radio (Continental)

WJR (Detroit)
WBT (Carolina)

Jim Hughson

Ken Kal
Chuck Kaiton

Craig Simpson

Paul Woods

2001 NHL Radio (Continental)

KOA (Colorado)
WABC (New Jersey)

Jim Hughson

Marc Moser
Mike Emrick

Craig Simpson


Randy Velischek

2000 NHL Radio (Continental)

WABC (New Jersey)
WBAP (Dallas)

Jim Hughson

Mike Emrick
Ralph Strangis

Craig Simpson

Daryl Reaugh

Notes Edit

  • XM Satellite Radio is the official satellite radio broadcaster of the NHL, as of July 1, 2007. Between September 2005 and June 2007, the NHL's broadcasting rights were shared with both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio and were broadcast on just Sirius before the NHL lockout. XM used to broadcast more than 80% of NHL games, including all the playoffs and finals. Starting with the 2007–08 season, XM broadcast every game.

1990s Edit

Year Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
1999 NHL Radio (Continental)

WBAP (Dallas)
WGR (Buffalo)

Jim Hughson

Dave Strader
Rick Jeanneret

Craig Simpson

Daryl Reaugh

Andy Brickley

Jim Lorentz

1998 NHL Radio (Continental)

WJR (Detroit)
WTOP (Washington)

Jim Hughson

Ken Kal
Mike Fornes

Craig Simpson

Paul Woods
Al Koken

Sean Grande
1997 NHL Radio (Continental)

WXYT (Detroit)
WIP (Philadelphia)

Jim Hughson

Ken Kal
John Wiedeman

Craig Simpson

Paul Woods
Steve Coates

Doug Brown and Sean Grande
1996 NHL Radio (Continental)

KKFN (Colorado)
WQAM and WAXY (Florida)

Jim Hughson

Mike Haynes
Chris Moore

Craig Simpson

Denis Potvin

Doug Brown and Sean Grande
1995 NHL Radio (Continental)

WABC (New Jersey)
WJR (Detroit)

Jim Hughson

Mike Miller
Bruce Martyn

Craig Simpson

Sherry Ross
Paul Woods

Doug Brown
1994 NHL Radio (Continental)

WFAN–AM (N.Y. Rangers)
CKNW (Vancouver)

Jim Hughson

Marv Albert
Jim Robson

Craig Simpson

Sal Messina
Tom Larscheid

Doug Brown

Howie Rose

1993 Global Sports Network (Continental)

CBC Radio (Montreal)
Kings Radio (Los Angeles)

Howie Rose
Chris Cuthbert
Nick Nickson
Mike Keenan

Steve Shutt
Tom Laidlaw

Ted Sarandis
1992 Star Broadcasting Network (National) Kevin Quinn Ryan Walter
1991 ABC Radio (National) Sam Rosen Phil Esposito Fred Manfra
1990 ABC Radio (National) Sam Rosen Phil Esposito Fred Manfra

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