Historic Stanley Cup TV crews (1980s)

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This is the thread for the 1980 Stanley Cup TV crews, where the division standings didn't mean a thing. It was a straight league-wide standing that determined the playoff opponents.

Please alert with errors or omissions. It is appreciated.

CANADIAN CREWS

FIRST ROUND

Flyers-Oilers
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

Sabres-Canucks
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Gerry Pinder
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Gerry Pinder
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Pit Martin, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Don Marshall, Dick Irvin

Bruins-Penguins
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast
Game 4, 4/13, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

Islanders-Kings
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

North Stars-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Bill Hewitt, Brian McFarlane
Game 2, 4/9, see note.
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Bill Hewitt, Brian McFarlane

Black Hawks-Blues
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

Rangers-Flames
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

Note: On 4/9, CBC carried the ACTRA awards ceremony. This caused the HAR-MTL and EDM-PHI games not to be televised. The TOR-MIN game was shifted to CHCH in Hamilton (B. Hewitt-McFarlane) while the VAN-BUF was televised by CBC regionally in BC as usual as the ACTRA awards show was tape-delayed into prime time on the west coast.

QUARTER FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast

Sabres-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast

Canadiens-North Stars
Game 1, 4/16, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/17, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/19, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 4/20, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/22, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 4/24, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 7, 4/27, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin

Bruins-Islanders
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/21, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast

SEMI FINALS

Flyers-North Stars
Game 1, 4/29, No telecast
Game 2, 5/1, No telecast
Game 3, 5/4, No telecast
Game 4, 5/6, CBC. Jim Robson (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gerry Pinder, Howie Meeker
Game 5, 5/8, CBC. Jim Robson, Gerry Pinder, Howie Meeker

Sabres-Islanders
Game 1, 4/29, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/3, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 5/6, No telecast
Game 5, 5/8, No telecast
Game 6, 5/10, CBC. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flyers-Islanders
Game 1, 5/13, CBC. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half and OT), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 5/15, CBC. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/17, CBC. Jim Robson (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/19, CBC. Jim Robson (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 5/22, CBC. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 5/24, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin

Notes:
1st half and 2nd half?! For the first five games of the final, either Cole or Robson would do pxp for the first period and the first half of the second period. At the closest stoppage of play near the 10 minute mark of the second period, Cole or Robson would hand off the call to Dan Kelly for the duration of the game.

The 1980 Final woud be the first of 29 consecutive Stnaley Cup Finals that Bob Cole would have a hand in calling for CBC television.


AMERICAN CREWS

FIRST ROUND
Penguins-Bruins, Game 2, 4/10, Hughes. Crew unknown
Sabres-Canucks, Game 3, 4/11, USA. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker (CBC feed)
Rangers-Flames, Game 4, 4/12, Hughes. Jiggs McDonald, Pete Stemkowski

QUARTER FINALS
Canadiens-North Stars, Game 6, 4/24, Hughes. Dan Kelly, Mickey Redmond
North Stars-Canadiens, Game 7, 4/27, Hughes. Dan Kelly, Mickey Redmond

SEMI FINALS
Sabres-Islanders, Game 3, 5/3, Hughes. Dan Kelly, Pete Stemkowski
Flyers-North Stars, Game 3, 5/4. Hughes. Dan Kelly, Pete Stemkowski
Flyers-North Stars, Game 4, 5/6, Hughes. Jim Robson (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gerry Pinder, Howie Meeker (CBC feed)
Sabres-Islanders, Game 6, 5/10, Hughes. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer (CBC feed)

STANLEY CUP FINAL
Flyers-Islanders
Game 1, 5/13, Hughes. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half and OT), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin (CBC feed)
Game 2, 5/15, Hughes. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin (CBC feed)
Game 3, 5/17, Hughes. Jim Robson (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin (CBC feed)
Game 4, 5/19, Hughes. Jim Robson (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin (CBC feed)
Game 5, 5/22, Hughes. Bob Cole (1st half), Dan Kelly (2nd half), Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin (CBC feed)
Game 6, 5/24, CBS. Dan Kelly (1st and 3rd periods and OT), Tim Ryan (2nd period), Lou Nanne

Note: Game 6 of the Final was the first full network telecast of an NHL game since game 5 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final (game 2 of the 1979 Challenge Cup was only seen on CBS for the third period, IIRC). There would not be another NHL game on network television for another 10 years (1990 NHL All-Star Game).

1981

For the first time in the U.S., there was "blanket" coverage of the NHL playoffs. Meaning that, more foten than not that a game was played, it was televised on a national outlet. From this point on, each game will be listed the same as with the Canadian crews.

As always, any citing of errors or omissions is appreciated.

CANADIAN CREWS

FIRST ROUND

Islanders-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Bill Hewitt, Howie Meeker, Brian McFarlane
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Bill Hewitt, Howie Meeker, Brian McFarlane
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Bill Hewitt, Gerry Pinder

Blues-Penguins
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast

Canadiens-Oilers
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin

Kings-Rangers
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

Sabres-Canucks
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Gerry Pinder
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Gerry Pinder
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker

Flyers-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin

Flames-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

Bruins-North Stars
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

QUARTER FINALS

Islanders-Oilers
Game 1, 4/16, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/17, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/19, CBC. Don Wittman, Gerry Pinder
Game 4, 4/20, CBC. Don Wittman, Gerry Pinder
Game 5, 4/22, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 4/24, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer

Blues-Rangers
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast
Game 6, 4/24, No telecast

Sabres-North Stars
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast

Flyers-Flames
Game 1, 4/16, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/19, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 4/20, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 4/22, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 6, 4/24, CBC. Bob Cole, Gerry Pinder
Game 7, 4/26, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

SEMI FINALS

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/28, No telecast
Game 2, 4/30, No telecast
Game 3, 5/2, No telecast
Game 4, 5/5, No telecast

Flames-North Stars
Game 1, 4/28, CBC. Jim Robson, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/30, CBC. Jim Robson, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/3, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 5/5, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 5/7, CBC. Jim Robson, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 5/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Islanders-North Stars
Game 1, 5/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 5/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 5/19, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 5/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer


AMERICAN CREWS

FIRST ROUND

Islanders-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/8, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

Blues-Penguins
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, USA. Jiggs McDonald, Mike Eruzione
Game 4, 4/12, USA. Jiggs McDonald, Mike Eruzione
Game 5, 4/14, USA. Jiggs McDonald, Mike Eruzione

Canadiens-Oilers
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

Kings-Rangers
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, USA (JIP). Dick Carlson
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

Sabres-Canucks
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

Flyers-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast

Flames-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

Bruins-North Stars
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast

QUARTER FINALS

Islanders-Oilers
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast
Game 6, 4/24,

Blues-Rangers
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, USA. Dick Carlson, Mike Eruzione
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast
Game 6, 4/24, No telecast

Sabres-North Stars
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, USA. Dick Carlson, Mike Eruzione
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast

Flyers-Flames
Game 1, 4/16, No telecast
Game 2, 4/17, No telecast
Game 3, 4/19, No telecast
Game 4, 4/20, No telecast
Game 5, 4/22, No telecast
Game 6, 4/24, No telecast
Game 7, 4/26, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione

Note: For 4/16, USA televised a Pirates-Phillies baseball game (as part of their Thursday Night Baseball package) and for 4/17, 4/22 and 4/24, USA carried an NBA playoff game in place of the NHL playoffs.

SEMI FINALS

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/28, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione
Game 2, 4/30, No telecast
Game 3, 5/2, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione
Game 4, 5/5, No telecast

Flames-North Stars
Game 1, 4/28, No telecast
Game 2, 4/30, No telecast
Game 3, 5/3, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione
Game 4, 5/5, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione
Game 5, 5/7, No telecast
Game 6, 5/9, USA. Dan Kelly, Mike Eruzione

Note: For 4/30 USA televised the Twins-Red Sox ball game and for 5/7 USA carried a Dodgers-Phillies baseball game.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Islanders-North Stars
Game 1, 5/12, USA. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer (CBC feed)
Game 2, 5/14, USA. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer (CBC feed)
Game 3, 5/17, USA. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer (CBC feed)
Game 4, 5/19, USA. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer (CBC feed)
Game 5, 5/21, USA. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer (CBC feed)

This is the thread for the 1982 Stanley Cup TV crews for both sides of the border.

Please alert with omissions or errors. Thanks as always.


CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Islanders-Penguins
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast
Game 5, 4/13, No telecast

Rangers-Flyers
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

Canadiens-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/7, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Gary Dornhoefer, Bobby Hull
Game 2, 4/8, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/10, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 4/11, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/13, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Bobby Hull

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

North Stars-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

Jets-Blues
Game 1, 4/7, CBC. Don Wittman, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/10, CBC. Don Wittman, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 4/11, CBC. Don Wittman, Mickey Redmond

Oilers-Kings
Game 1, 4/7, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry
Game 2, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry
Game 3, 4/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry
Game 5, 4/13, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry, Gary Dornhoefer

Canucks-Flames
Game 1, 4/7, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 2, 4/8, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 3, 4/10, CBC. Dave Hodge, Howie Meeker

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/15, No telecast
Game 2, 4/16, No telecast
Game 3, 4/18, No telecast
Game 4, 4/19, No telecast
Game 5, 4/21, No telecast
Game 6, 4/23, No telecast

Bruins-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/15, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/16, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/18, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 4/19, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 5, 4/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 6, 4/23, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 7, 4/25, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin

Blues-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/15, No telecast
Game 2, 4/16, No telecast
Game 3, 4/18, No telecast
Game 4, 4/19, No telecast
Game 5, 4/21, No telecast
Game 6, 4/23, No telecast

Canucks-Kings
Game 1, 4/15, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker
Game 2, 4/16, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker
Game 3, 4/18, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 4/19, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 4/21, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker

CONFERENCE FINALS

Islanders-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/27, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Don Cherry
Game 2, 4/29, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Don Cherry
Game 3, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Don Cherry
Game 4, 5/4, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Don Cherry

Black Hawks-Canucks
Game 1, 4/27, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/29, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/1, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker
Game 4, 5/4, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker
Game 5, 5/6, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer, Bobby Hull

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Islanders-Canucks
Game 1, 5/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 5/11, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/13, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker
Game 4, 5/16, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker

Note:
Aside from the Final series, the only nationally televised games were the 4/23 BOS-QUE game, the 4/25 QUE-BOS game and the 5/6 VAN-CHI game. All other games were seen regionally.


AMERICAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Islanders-Penguins
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, USA. Dick Carlson, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/11, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Pete Stemkowski
Game 5, 4/13, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Rangers-Flyers
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

Canadiens-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast
Game 5, 4/13, No telecast

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

North Stars-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/7, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/8, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Pete Stemkowski
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

Jets-Blues
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

Oilers-Kings
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/13, No telecast

Canucks-Flames
Game 1, 4/7, No telecast
Game 2, 4/8, No telecast
Game 3, 4/10, No telecast

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/15, No telecast
Game 2, 4/16, USA. Dick Carlson, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/18, No telecast
Game 4, 4/19, No telecast
Game 5, 4/21, No telecast
Game 6, 4/23, USA. Dick Carlson or Al Albert, Gary Green

Bruins-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/15, No telecast
Game 2, 4/16, No telecast
Game 3, 4/18, No telecast
Game 4, 4/19, No telecast
Game 5, 4/21, USA. Dick Carlson or Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 6, 4/23, No telecast
Game 7, 4/25, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Blues-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/15, No telecast
Game 2, 4/16, No telecast
Game 3, 4/18, No telecast
Game 4, 4/19, USA. Dick Carlson, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/21, No telecast
Game 6, 4/23, No telecast

Canucks-Kings
Game 1, 4/15, No telecast
Game 2, 4/16, No telecast
Game 3, 4/18, USA. Dick Carlson, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/19, No telecast
Game 5, 4/21, No telecast

CONFERENCE FINALS

Islanders-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/27, No telecast
Game 2, 4/29, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 5/1, Not certain
Game 4, 5/4, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Black Hawks-Canucks
Game 1, 4/27, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/29, No telecast
Game 3, 5/1, Not certain
Game 4, 5/4, No telecast
Game 5, 5/6, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Note:
Some newspapers list USA as carrying "Masters of Hockey" in the 5/1 prime time slot, while other papers lists USA as carrying game 3 of the Conference Finals. So as of this time, it is uncertain if USA did carry game 3 (if so, likely the CHI-VAN game) or not. Confirmation on this is greatly appreciated.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Islanders-Canucks
Game 1, 5/8, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 5/11, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 5/13, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/16, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Here are the crews for the 1983 Stanley Cup playoffs.

As always, your kind assistance in the spotting of errors or omissions is greatly appreciated.

(TD) = tape delayed telecast

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast

Islanders-Capitals
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/11, No telecast

Bruins-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

Canadiens-Sabres
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin

Black Hawks-Blues
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

North Stars-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 4/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. John Wells, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. John Wells, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. Don Wittman, Howie Meeker
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. Don Wittman, Howie Meeker
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 4, 4/10, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/14, No telecast
Game 2, 4/15, No telecast
Game 3, 4/17, No telecast
Game 4, 4/18, No telecast
Game 5, 4/20, No telecast
Game 6, 4/22, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Don Cherry

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/14, No telecast
Game 2, 4/15, No telecast
Game 3, 4/17, No telecast
Game 4, 4/18, No telecast
Game 5, 4/20, No telecast
Game 6, 4/22, No telecast
Game 7, 4/24, No telecast

Black Hawks-North Stars
Game 1, 4/14, No telecast
Game 2, 4/15, No telecast
Game 3, 4/17, No telecast
Game 4, 4/18, No telecast
Game 5, 4/20, No telecast

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/15, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/17, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 4/18, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 4/20, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond

CONFERENCE FINALS

Islanders-Bruins
Game 1, 4/26, No telecast
Game 2, 4/28, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/30, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/3, No telecast
Game 5, 5/5, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 5/7, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin

Oilers-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/24, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/26, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 5/3, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Oilers-Islanders
Game 1, 5/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 5/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 5/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond


AMERICAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

Islanders-Capitals
Game 1, 4/6, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

Bruins-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/5, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

Canadiens-Sabres
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast

Black Hawks-Blues
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

North Stars-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

Note: There was no telecast of any 4/7 game as USA televised second round highlights of The Masters, which was followed by a West Coast NBA telecast.

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/14, No telecast
Game 2, 4/15, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/17, No telecast
Game 4, 4/18, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/20, No telecast
Game 6, 4/22, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/14, No telecast
Game 2, 4/15, No telecast
Game 3, 4/17, No telecast
Game 4, 4/18, No telecast
Game 5, 4/20, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 6, 4/22, No telecast
Game 7, 4/24, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Black Hawks-North Stars
Game 1, 4/14, No telecast
Game 2, 4/15, No telecast
Game 3, 4/17, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/18, No telecast
Game 5, 4/20, No telecast

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/14, USA (TD). Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/15, No telecast
Game 3, 4/17, No telecast
Game 4, 4/18, No telecast
Game 5, 4/20, No telecast

CONFERENCE FINALS

Islanders-Bruins
Game 1, 4/26, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/28, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/30, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/3, No telecast
Game 5, 5/5, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 6, 5/7, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Oilers-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/24, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/26, No telecast
Game 3, 5/1, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/3, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Oilers-Islanders
Game 1, 5/10, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 5/12, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 5/14, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/17, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

I will take a stab at the 1984 Stanley Cup playoff TV commentator pairings.

If you spot omissions and/or errors, please alert and I thank you in advance.

(TD) = tape delay. USA had Masters golf highlights on these nights and the telecasts were tape delayed until 10:00 PM eastern.

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISION SEMI FINALS

Bruins-Canadiens
Game 1, 4/4, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/5, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/7, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond

Sabres-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Don Cherry, Dick Irvin

Capitals-Flyers
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast

North Stars-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, No telecast
Game 5, 4/10, No telecast

Blues-Red Wings
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, No telecast

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/4, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/5, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/7, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/4, CBC. Don Wittman, Howie Meeker
Game 2, 4/5, CBC. Don Wittman, Howie Meeker
Game 3, 4/7, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 4, 4/8, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker

DIVISION FINALS

Nordiques-Canadiens
Game 1, 4/12, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/13, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/15, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 4/16, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 5, 4/18, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 6, 4/20, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond

Islanders-Capitals
Game 1, 4/12, No telecast
Game 2, 4/13, No telecast
Game 3, 4/15, No telecast
Game 4, 4/16, No telecast
Game 5, 4/18, No telecast

North Stars-Blues
Game 1, 4/12, No telecast
Game 2, 4/13, No telecast
Game 3, 4/15, No telecast
Game 4, 4/16, No telecast
Game 5, 4/18, No telecast
Game 6, 4/20, No telecast
Game 7, 4/22, No telecast

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/12, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/13, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/15, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 4/16, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 4/18, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 6, 4/20, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 7, 4/22, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer

CONFERENCE FINALS

Canadiens-Islanders
Game 1, 4/24, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/26, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/28, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 5/1, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 5, 5/3, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond
Game 6, 5/5, CBC. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Mickey Redmond

Oilers-North Stars
Game 1, 4/24, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/26, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/28, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Islanders-Oilers
Game 1, 5/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 5/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/15, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 5/19, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin


AMERICAN CREWS

CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS

Bruins-Canadiens
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast

Sabres-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast

Islanders-Rangers
Game 1, 4/4, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/10, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Capitals-Flyers
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

North Stars-Black Hawks
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, No telecast
Game 5, 4/10, No telecast

Blues-Red Wings
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, No telecast

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/4, No telecast
Game 2, 4/5, No telecast
Game 3, 4/7, No telecast
Game 4, 4/8, No telecast

DIVISION FINALS

Nordiques-Canadiens
Game 1, 4/12, No telecast
Game 2, 4/13, No telecast
Game 3, 4/15, No telecast
Game 4, 4/16, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/18, No telecast
Game 6, 4/20, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

Islanders-Capitals
Game 1, 4/12, No telecast
Game 2, 4/13, USA (TD). Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/15, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/16, No telecast
Game 5, 4/18, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

North Stars-Blues
Game 1, 4/12, USA (TD). Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/13, No telecast
Game 3, 4/15, No telecast
Game 4, 4/16, No telecast
Game 5, 4/18, No telecast
Game 6, 4/20, No telecast
Game 7, 4/22, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/12, No telecast
Game 2, 4/13, No telecast
Game 3, 4/15, No telecast
Game 4, 4/16, No telecast
Game 5, 4/18, No telecast
Game 6, 4/20, No telecast
Game 7, 4/22, No telecast

CONFERENCE FINALS

Canadiens-Islanders
Game 1, 4/24, No telecast
Game 2, 4/26, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/28, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/1, No telecast
Game 5, 5/3, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 6, 5/5, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Oilers-North Stars
Game 1, 4/24, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/26, No telecast
Game 3, 4/28, No telecast
Game 4, 5/1, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Islanders-Oilers
Game 1, 5/10, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 5/12, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 5/15, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/17, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 5, 5/19, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

If you want hosts/rinkside reporters, I have Steve Armitage on Cgy?Van; John Wells on Edm/Wpg, Edm/Cgy, and Edm/Min; and Dave Hodge on Bos/Mtl, NYI/NYR, Que/Mtl, NYI/Mtl. In the Finals, Hodge hosted the entire series, but Wells acted as a rinkside reporter for the games in Edmonton (3, 4, 5).

I know you don't want studio analysts, but Don Cherry worked with Hodge the first 3 rounds, then the first 2 games (on Long Island) of the Finals only. Howie Meeker worked with Wells in rounds 2 and 3 and then the 3 games in Edmonton in the Finals. Meeker also popped into the booth on occasion in rounds 2 and 3 and acted as a secondary colourman, usually for the middle segments of periods (as he had to be downstairs during the intermissions). This was actually common throughout Meeker's HNIC career

djob,

Great stuff as always. Thanks. HUGE help.

To add to the equation, I know Dick Irvin almost always doubled up as intermission host for Canadiens telecasts during this era. Irvin was almost always on hand as the dressing room interviewer for the cup champions, though John Wells did this chore in '84. I had a beta tape (remember those??) of the CBC cup clincher. I remember Gretzky telling Wells how much the champagne stung his eyes as the bubbly was flying all over the dressing room.

However, didn't Brian McFarlane play a studio role in these playoffs? If memory serves, when Irvin assumed the pxp role for CBC Habs games, McFarlane was the studio host for CBC Habs games. McFarlane hosted the 1984 All-Star Game in the Meadowlands earlier in 1984.

The Toronto host during the season would always host the Cup Final. Ward Cornell from c.1959-1972, Hodge from 1973-1986 and Ron MacLean since 1987 (though spelled by Scott Russell for the last two games of the 1997 Final). Dan Matheson handled the CTV games in 1985 and 1986, Hodge and Jim Tatti co-hosted the "ad-hoc" O'Keefe network games in 1987 and 1988.

On the American side in 1984, Al Trautwig was USA's host.

You're right about Irvin often doubling as the studio host in Montreal, but I don't think he often did this during the playoffs. Mostly on regional HNIC games that were only being shown in Quebec, or maybe in a few other select locations. In these instances, Dave Hodge was usually on the Toronto game, but Toronto didn't make the playoffs in 1984.

As for Brian McFarlane . . . he was the colorman on Toronto games (both HNIC and local TV) until Feb 1980 (or thereabouts) when he made on-air comments that were critical of the way Harold Ballard had been handling the Darryl Sittler saga (within the last couple of months he had traded away both Lanny McDonald and Tiger Williams). He was afterward banned from the MLG pressbox and HNIC struggled, I think, to find a place to put him for the next few years. I remember him having an intermission segment called "The NHL Tonight" from CBC studios (or "Hockey Night in Canada Control Centre") where he presented various hockey news stories, showed highlights of other games around the NHL, and featured "The Play of the Week".

In the playoffs, he often hosted games that were played in the US. I know he hosted the games in the 1982 Campbell Conference Final that were played in Chicago, and others as well. He may have had some assignments in the 1984 playoffs, but I'm not positive. You're right, beginning in 84-85 he was the regular game host for telecasts from Montreal. He did this up until 1989 when he retired, and his position in Montreal was assumed by Scott Russell.

1985

Not counting 1972 (due to a NABET strike on the CBC) or other rare oddities, this was the first time in which the Stanley Cup playoffs were seen on an outlet other than the CBC. In early February 1985, Carling-O'Keefe breweries won the right to televise NHL hockey. They signed a four-year contract with CTV to televise regular season games and playoff games, including games in the Stanley Cup Final. CBC and Molson Brewery did get a loophole in that games involving Canadian based teams (excluding the Quebec Nordiques) in the playoffs would be televised locally by CBC.

As always, please alert with errors or omissions on either side of the border.

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Capitals-Islanders
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast
Game 4, 4/14, No telecast
Game 5, 4/16, No telecast

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/11, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/13, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 4/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/16, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin

Nordiques-Sabres
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast
Game 4, 4/14, No telecast
Game 5, 4/16, No telecast

Blues-North Stars
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Black Hawks-Red Wings
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Oilers-Kings
Game 1, 4/10, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/11, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/13, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer

Jets-Flames
Game 1, 4/10, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 2, 4/11, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 3, 4/13, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 4, 4/14, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Flyers-Islanders
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/21, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast
Game 5, 4/28, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch

Canadiens-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/18, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/23, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 4, 4/25, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 5, 4/27, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 4/30, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 7, 5/2, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Dick Irvin

Black Hawks-North Stars
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/21, No telecast
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast
Game 5, 4/28, No telecast
Game 6, 4/30, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/18, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 2, 4/20, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 3, 4/23, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 4/25, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer

CONFERENCE FINALS

Nordiques-Flyers
Game 1, 5/5, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 2, 5/7, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 3, 5/9, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 4, 5/12, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 5, 5/14, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 6, 5/16, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch

Oilers-Black Hawks
Game 1, 5/4, CBC. Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 5/7, CBC. Jim Robson, John Davidson
Game 3, 5/9, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 4, 5/12, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 5, 5/14, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 6, 5/16, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flyers-Oilers
Game 1, 5/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 5/23, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/25. CTV: Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC: Don Wittman, John Davidson.
Game 4, 5/28. CTV: Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC: Don Wittman, John Davidson.
Game 5, 5/30. CTV: Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC: Don Wittman, John Davidson.

Note:
CTV telecasts of Games 3, 4 and 5 televised nationally except for Edmonton, where CBC retained exclusive telecast rights. Had the Final gone a full seven games, CBC would have televised game 6 and both CBC and CTV would have televised game 7, each using their own production crews and on-air talent.


AMERICAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Capitals-Islanders
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/14, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/16, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast
Game 4, 4/14, No telecast
Game 5, 4/16, No telecast

Nordiques-Sabres
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast
Game 4, 4/14, No telecast
Game 5, 4/16, No telecast

Blues-North Stars
Game 1, 4/10, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Black Hawks-Red Wings
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Oilers-Kings
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast

Jets-Flames
Game 1, 4/10, No telecast
Game 2, 4/11, No telecast
Game 3, 4/13, No telecast
Game 4, 4/14, No telecast

Note:
On 4/11, USA aired tape-delayed coverage of the first round of the Masters.

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Flyers-Islanders
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/21, No telecast
Game 3, 4/23, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast
Game 5, 4/28, No telecast

Canadiens-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/21, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast
Game 5, 4/27, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 6, 4/30, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 7, 5/2, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green

Black Hawks-North Stars
Game 1, 4/18, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/21, No telecast
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/28, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 6, 4/30, No telecast

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/20, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast

CONFERENCE FINALS

Nordiques-Flyers
Game 1, 5/5, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 5/7, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 3, 5/9, No telecast
Game 4, 5/12, No telecast
Game 5, 5/14, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 6, 5/16, No telecast

Oilers-Black Hawks
Game 1, 5/4, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 2, 5/7, No telecast
Game 3, 5/9, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 4, 5/12, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green
Game 5, 5/14, No telecast
Game 6, 5/16, USA. Al Albert, Gary Green

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flyers-Oilers
Game 1, 5/21, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green, Mike Liut
Game 2, 5/23, USA. Dan Kelly, Gary Green, Mike Liut
Game 3, 5/25. USA. Al Albert, Gary Green, Mike Liut
Game 4, 5/28. USA. Al Albert, Gary Green, Mike Liut
Game 5, 5/30. USA. Al Albert, Gary Green, Mike Liut

1986

This thread will document the Canadian and American Stanley Cup playoff crews. As always, if you should spot errors or omissions, please let me know. You have been very helpful in previous threads and I sincerely appreciate it.

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast
Game 4, 4/13, No telecast
Game 5, 4/15, No telecast

Capitals-Islanders
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast

Nordiques-Whalers
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, CTV. Ron Reusch, Bobby Taylor

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/9, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/10, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/12, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale

Blackhawks-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

North Stars-Blues
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast
Game 4, 4/13, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 4/15, CBC. Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer

Oilers-Canucks
Game 1, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 2, 4/10, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson
Game 3, 4/12, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson

Flames-Jets
Game 1, 4/9, CTV. Ed Whalen, Curt Keilback
Game 2, 4/10, CTV. Ed Whalen, Curt Keilback
Game 3, 4/12, CTV. Curt Keilback, Ed Whalen

Note: For the CGY-WPG series CBC, which did have original rights to this series, passed as they were maxed out with three other series. The rights were sold to the CTV affiliates in Calgary (CFCN) and Winnipeg (CKY) and Carling-O'Keefe. While not definite, I am assuming the call was supplied by the teams' usual TV pxp men; Ed Whalen of the Flames and Curt Keilback of the Jets.

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Capitals-Rangers
Game 1, 4/17, No telecast
Game 2, 4/19, No telecast
Game 3, 4/21, No telecast
Game 4, 4/23, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 5, 4/25, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch
Game 6, 4/27, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/17, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/19, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/21, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 4, 4/23, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 5, 4/25, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 6, 4/27, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale
Game 7, 4/29, CBC. Dick Irvin, Harry Neale

Blues-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/18, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson
Game 2, 4/20, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson
Game 3, 4/22, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson
Game 4, 4/24, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson
Game 5, 4/26, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson
Game 6, 4/28, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson
Game 7, 4/30, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/18, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/20, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/22, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/24, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 5, 4/26, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 6, 4/28, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 7, 4/30, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer

CONFERENCE FINALS

Canadiens-Rangers
Game 1, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 5/3, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/5, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/7, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 5/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin

Flames-Blues
Game 1, 5/2. CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer.
Game 2, 5/4, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 5/6, CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 5/8. CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer.
Game 5, 5/10. CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer.
Game 6, 5/12. CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer.
Game 7, 5/14. CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, Gary Dornhoefer.

Note: On the CGY-STL series, CTV had the national rights for this series, except for the Calgary market. CBC and Molson retained exclusive rights in Calgary. CTV was unable to televise games 2 and 3 due to prior commitments. CBC was allowed to televise games 2 and 3 to all of Alberta and British Columbia, but not nationally.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flames-Canadiens
Game 1, 5/16, CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson.
Game 2, 5/18. CTV. Dan Kelly, Ron Reusch. CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson.
Game 3, 5/20, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/22, CBC. Bob Cole, John Davidson, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 5/24, CBC. Don Wittman, John Davidson, Dick Irvin

Note: For the Final, CTV had national rights, except for Calgary and Montreal, for Games 1 and 2. CBC/Molson retained exclusive rights to televise in these markets. CBC/Molson also televised the series to the northern territories (NWT and the Yukon). CBC/Molson had telecast rights for games 3, 4 and 5. Had the series gone to a full seven games, CTV/Carling O'Keefe would have had national rights (except for CGY/MTL/North) for Game 6 and BOTH CBC and CTV would have televised Game 7 using their own production facilities and crews.

AMERICAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast
Game 4, 4/13, ESPN. Jim Kelly, Mickey Redmond
Game 5, 4/15, ESPN. Mike Lange, Mickey Redmond

Capitals-Islanders
Game 1, 4/9, ESPN. Mike Lange, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast

Nordiques-Whalers
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, ESPN. Jim Kelly, Bill Clement

Blackhawks-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast

North Stars-Blues
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast
Game 4, 4/13, No telecast
Game 5, 4/15, No telecast

Oilers-Canucks
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast

Flames-Jets
Game 1, 4/9, No telecast
Game 2, 4/10, No telecast
Game 3, 4/12, No telecast

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Capitals-Rangers
Game 1, 4/17, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 4/19, ESPN. Mike Lange, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/21, No telecast
Game 4, 4/23, ESPN. Mike Lange, Bill Clement
Game 5, 4/25, ESPN. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 6, 4/27, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/17, No telecast
Game 2, 4/19, No telecast
Game 3, 4/21, ESPN. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 4, 4/23, No telecast
Game 5, 4/25, No telecast
Game 6, 4/27, No telecast
Game 7, 4/29, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement

Blues-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/20, No telecast
Game 3, 4/22, No telecast
Game 4, 4/24, No telecast
Game 5, 4/26, No telecast
Game 6, 4/28, No telecast
Game 7, 4/30, No telecast

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/20, ESPN. Mike Lange, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 4/22, No telecast
Game 3, 4/24, ESPN. Jim Hughson, Mickey Redmond
Game 5, 4/26, ESPN. Jim Hughson, Mickey Redmond
Game 6, 4/28, ESPN. Jim Hughson, Mickey Redmond
Game 7, 4/30, ESPN. Mike Lange, Mickey Redmond

Note: The reason for lack of telecasts for 4/18 and 4/22 was that ESPN chose instead to air boxing matches. 4/18 was on a Friday and ESPN's "Top Rank Boxing" was at the time, one of ESPN's more popular shows.

CONFERENCE FINALS

Canadiens-Rangers
Game 1, 5/1, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 5/3, ESPN. Jiggs McDonald, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 5/5, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mickey Redmond
Game 4, 5/7, ESPN. Mike Lange, Mickey Redmond
Game 5, 5/9, ESPN. Mike Lange, Mickey Redmond

Flames-Blues
Game 1, 5/2. ESPN. Jim Hughson, Bill Clement
Game 2, 5/4, ESPN. Mike Lange, Bill Clement
Game 3, 5/6, ESPN. Jim Hughson, Bill Clement
Game 4, 5/8. ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 5, 5/10. ESPN. Jim Hughson, Bill Clement
Game 6, 5/12. ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 7, 5/14. ESPN. Sam Rosen, Bill Clement

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flames-Canadiens
Game 1, 5/16, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Mickey Redmond
Game 2, 5/18. ESPN. Sam Rosen, Mickey Redmond
Game 3, 5/20, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 4, 5/22, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 5, 5/24, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mickey Redmond

Dick Irvin said on the air last year at Patrick Roy's number retirement game that he and Bob Cole were the "lonely twosome" in the booth at Madison Square Garden the night of May 5/86 for Roy's spectacular display of goaltending in which the Habs were badly outshot yet won in double overtime. Also that it was among the best displays of goaltending that the two men in the booth that night had ever seen by such a young goalie. But I don't know whether it was just the two of them for the other games in that series or for some reason they didn't have a three-man crew for that game only.

He also stated in his book that he did not work games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final in Calgary since the CBC claimed it did not have the budget to send him (perhaps due to the fact that it was only being shown locally in Calgary and Montreal), although he turned up in Calgary anyway to work the Habs radio broadcasts of those games. But he did work game 5 on CBC with Wittman and Davidson, only because he figured that HNIC wanted him on hand for dressing room interview duty in case the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, which they did.

OK, here's my input . . .

In Edmonton-Vancouver, Don Wittman and John Davidson worked all 3 games. Jim Robson did not work any games for CBC that season, as he was unhappy with his reduced workload (he was offered 6 games at the start of the season, so he declined).

In round 2, Bob Cole worked with Davidson on St. Louis-Toronto, while Wittman worked with Gary Dornhoefer on Edmonton-Calgary.

To support what KgnKH1 said, in the Finals, I don't think Dick Irvin worked on CBC's 2 regional telecasts (Games 1 & 2). I saw Game 2 on ESPN Classic and heard only Wittman's and Davidson's voices. I think Irvin called pbp on Montreal radio for games 1 & 2. He did work games 3, 4, 5 on CBC, though. ALSO . . . I saw the conference final game that he was talking about (Game 4 at MSG), also on ESPN Classic, and heard only Cole's and Irvin's voices. I thought it was curious, as usually there was a 3rd man when those two worked together.

You don't mention it anywhere, but I recall that in the 1986 playoffs, CBC aired several telecasts on the Parliamentary Channel. I think it was done in cases where there was a split network.

some of these telecasts have been shown on NHL network as well; I am not sure of the rinkside reporters, but believe them to be the following (with Dave Hodge as the overall host each night)

Montreal-Boston Brian McFarlane in Montreal, Chris Cuthbert in Boston
Calgary-Vancouver Ron MacLean in Calgary; Steve Armitage in Vancouver
Toronto-Chicago and Min-St Louis Dave Hodge

Hartford-Montreal Brian McFarlane
StLouis-Toronto Dave Hodge
Edmonton-Calgary Chris Cuthbert in Edmonton; Ron MacLean in Calgary

St Louis-Calgary Chris Cuthbert in StLouis; Ron MacLean in Calgary
Rangers-Montreal DAve Hodge

finals MacLean games 1-2; McFarlane 3-4; Hodge and MacLean on game 5

agree on all the pbp and analyst assignments; would welcome correction on the reporters and hosts

ESPN used a rinkside reporter at all games; many I am sure of, either having watched the game or from a listing in USA Today; others are *unconfirmed

Apr 9,10 Jim Kelly
Apr 12,13 Brian Mc Farlane
Apr 15 *Jim Kelly
Apr 17,19,20,21,23,24,25,26,27,28 Jim Kelly
Apr 29 *Jim Kelly
Apr 30 *Jim Hughson
May 1 *Brian McFarlane
May 2 Brian mc Farlane
May 3,4,5 Jim Hughson
May 6 Brian McFarlane
May 7,8 Jim Hughson
May 9 Jim Kelly
May 10 Brian McFarlane
May 12 *Jim Kelly
May 14,16,18 Jim Kelly
May 20,22 *Jim Kelly
May 24 Jim Kelly

agree on Matheson as studio host; Bobby Taylor replaced Park as analyst mid-season when Park became coach at Detroit; did Park return for the playoffs? possible, since Wings missed the playoffs and Park was not retained as coach, but I never saw anything to suggest he returned to CTV immediately after the end of the season

Below are the 1987 Stanley Cup TV crews for both sides of the border. Please offer your assistance if you happen to spot any errors or omissions. Thanks as always.

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVSIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast

Capitals-Islanders
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast
Game 7, 4/18, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Whalers-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer

Blues-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 5, 4/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 6, 4/16, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Red Wings-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

Oilers-Kings
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Steve Armitage, Howie Meeker
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker
Game 5, 4/14, CBC. Jim Robson, Howie Meeker

Flames-Jets
Game 1, 4/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 2, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 3, 4/11, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 4, 4/12, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 5, 4/14, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 6, 4/16, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Flyers-Islanders
Game 1, 4/20, No telecast
Game 2, 4/22, No telecast
Game 3, 4/24, No telecast
Game 4, 4/26, No telecast
Game 5, 4/28, No telecast
Game 6, 4/30, No telecast
Game 7, 5/2, No telecast

Canadiens-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/20, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 2, 4/22, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 3, 4/24, No telecast
Game 4, 4/26, No telecast
Game 5, 4/28, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer
Game 6, 4/30, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 7, 5/2, CBC. Dick Irvin, Gary Dornhoefer

Red Wings-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/23, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/25, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 4, 4/27, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 5, 4/29, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 6, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 7, 5/3, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/21, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 2, 4/23, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 3, 4/25, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 4, 4/27, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman

CONFERENCE FINALS

Flyers-Canadiens
Game 1, 5/4, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 5/6, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 5/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 5/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin

Oilers-Red Wings
Game 1, 5/5, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 2, 5/7, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 3, 5/9, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 4, 5/11, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 5, 5/13, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Oilers-Flyers
Game 1, 5/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 5/20, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 5/22, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 4, 5/24, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 5, 5/26, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 6, 5/28, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 7, 5/31. CBC: Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Chris Cuthbert. CanWest-Global: Dan Kelly, John Davidson, Jim Tatti.

Notes:
After the 1985-86 season CTV canceled their coverage of NHL hockey, citing low ratings and an inability to clear other programming for both regular season and playoff telecasts. This left Carling O'Keefe with two years left on its four year deal with the NHL and no place to televise them. The issue became an open sore when the playoffs opened and Carling O'Keefe could not muster a network of some sort, peaking when the Habs-Nordiques series opened with no telecasts originating from Quebec City. Finally, Carling struck a deal with a CanWest and Global consortium that also had a few CBC and CTV affiliates sprinkled in to carry game 6 of the MTL-QUE game from Le Colisee, the Wales Conference finals and then games 3 and 4 of the SC Final and games 5 and 7 if necessary. The pact also included the 1988 playoffs as well. The network was labeled as the "Stanley Cup 87" network.

Unlike the split CTV/CBC coverage of 1985 and 1986, the CanWest-Global telecasts were network exclusive, except for game 7 of the SC Final. Both CBC and CanWest-Global televised game 7, using separate production facilities and separate on-air talent.


AMERICAN CREWS

DIVSIONAL SEMI FINALS

Flyers-Rangers
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 4/12, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Capitals-Islanders
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast
Game 7, 4/18, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees

Whalers-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/8, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/9, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

Blues-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast

Red Wings-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast

Oilers-Kings
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast

Flames-Jets
Game 1, 4/8, No telecast
Game 2, 4/9, No telecast
Game 3, 4/11, No telecast
Game 4, 4/12, No telecast
Game 5, 4/14, No telecast
Game 6, 4/16, No telecast

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Flyers-Islanders
Game 1, 4/20, No telecast
Game 2, 4/22, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/24, No telecast
Game 4, 4/26, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 4/28, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 4/30, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 7, 5/2, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Canadiens-Nordiques
Game 1, 4/20, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/22, No telecast
Game 3, 4/24, No telecast
Game 4, 4/26, No telecast
Game 5, 4/28, No telecast
Game 6, 4/30, No telecast
Game 7, 5/2, No telecast

Red Wings-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/21, No telecast
Game 2, 4/23, No telecast
Game 3, 4/25, No telecast
Game 4, 4/27, No telecast
Game 5, 4/29, ESPN. Sam Rosen, John Davidson
Game 6, 5/1, ESPN. Tom Mees, John Davidson
Game 7, 5/3, ESPN. Tom Mees, John Davidson

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/21, No telecast
Game 2, 4/23, ESPN. Rick Peckham, John Davidson
Game 3, 4/25, ESPN. Ken Wilson, John Davidson
Game 4, 4/27, ESPN. Sam Rosen, John Davidson

Note:
On 4/21 and 4/24, ESPN did not televise playoff hockey. Instead, the lineup for 4/21 was Baseball's Greatest Hits at 7:30, American Cup diving at 8:00 and U.S. vs. Brazil volleyball at 9:30. On 4/24, ESPN had on Pro Wrestling (AWA?) at 7:30, followed by the popular Top Rank Boxing at 9:00.

CONFERENCE FINALS

Flyers-Canadiens
Game 1, 5/4, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 5/6, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 5/8, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 5/10, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 5/12, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 5/14, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Oilers-Red Wings
Game 1, 5/5, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mike Liut
Game 2, 5/7, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mike Liut
Game 3, 5/9, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mike Liut
Game 4, 5/11, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mike Liut
Game 5, 5/13, ESPN. Ken Wilson, Mike Liut

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Oilers-Flyers
Game 1, 5/17, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 2, 5/20, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 3, 5/22, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 4, 5/24, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 5, 5/26, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 6, 5/28, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 7, 5/31. ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees

Buffalo Sabres missed the playoffs (with the worst record in the league) and he was fired at season's end and joined HNIC's crew full-time for 87-88. I'm not sure if John Garrett had any playoff assignments that year. He did a little bit of regular season work for HNIC in 86-87, but mostly as a 3rd man in the booth. He became a regular the following season. These playoffs marked the last HNIC assignments for Jim Robson, Howie Meeker, and Gary Dornhoefer.

I remember the Stanley Cup '87 coverage on Global--I watched on CKVU Vancouver (or VU13, as it was then known). I actually came across Game 6 of Montreal-Quebec by accident, just flipping through the channels, and was delighted to find the game. Actually, it was during an intermission and they were showing bonus coverage of Philly-NYI. I saw a close up picture on my TV of Ron Hextall getting ready for a face-off. I figured that they also televised games 3 and 4 and I was just unaware of it, but your explanation clears that up.

Well, TSN's NHL coverage was sparse until 87-88--they had no contract with the NHL and only acquired games a la carte. As far as I can remember, he did work for CBC during the regular season up until 1987. From 1987 onward, he worked for TSN full time. As for Jim Robson, this was his first work with CBC since the 1985 playoffs. He then also worked the Calgary-Edmonton series in 1988 for Global/Stanley Cup '88 while Dan Kelly was committed to the Blues local playoff coverage.

It should also be noted that these were the first playoffs with Ron MacLean in the lead host position, as he replaced Dave Hodge mid-season due to the famous "pencil incident". Hodge was "banished" to west coast telecasts for the remainder of the season, at which point I think his contract ran out and he was not kept on for the playoffs. This freed him to work on Global's Stanley Cup '87 coverage.

1988

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Islanders-Devils
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green

Flyers-Capitals
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, No telecast
Game 7, 4/16, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 4, 4/10, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 5, 4/12, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 6, 4/14, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, No telecast

Red Wings-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 4, 4/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 5, 4/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 6, 4/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Blues-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast

Flames-Kings
Game 1, 4/6, CBC. Bruce Buchanan, John Garrett
Game 2, 4/7, CBC. Bruce Buchanan, John Garrett
Game 3, 4/9, CBC. Bruce Buchanan, John Garrett
Game 4, 4/10, CBC. Bruce Buchanan, John Garrett
Game 5, 4/12, CBC. Bruce Buchanan, John Garrett

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/6. CBC: Chris Cuthbert, Glenn Resch. TSN: Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/7. CBC: Chris Cuthbert, Glenn Resch. TSN: Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/9. CBC: Chris Cuthbert, Glenn Resch. TSN: Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/10. CBC: Chris Cuthbert, Glenn Resch. TSN: Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 5, 4/12. CBC: Chris Cuthbert, Glenn Resch. TSN: Jim Hughson, Gary Green

Not fully sure on this series' arrangement, but here is my theory: CBC had exclusive rights to televise in Winnipeg and Edmonton thru the Molson exclusivity in these cities. TSN was granted permission to televise to the rest of Canada under the Carling/O'Keefe banner. If this is wrong, please let me know.

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Capitals-Devils
Game 1, 4/18, CBC (JIP). Chris Cuthbert
Game 2, 4/20, No telecast
Game 3, 4/22, No telecast
Game 4, 4/24, No telecast
Game 5, 4/26, No telecast
Game 6, 4/28, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 7, 4/30, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Note: Chris Cuthbert was assigned by CBC to report updates on the 4/18 game. However, when the Quebec blackout affected CBC coverage of the BOS-MTL game, the network decided to throw to Cuthbert and the solitary camera beside him in his coverage position to work the remainder of this game. It was totally done off the cuff. There were no graphics, no replay capabilities, no analyst.

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/18, CBC (1st period only). Bob Cole, Scotty Bowman, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/18, CBC. Bob Cole, Scotty Bowman, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/22, CBC. Bob Cole, Scotty Bowman, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 4/24, CBC. Bob Cole, Scotty Bowman, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/26, CBC. Bob Cole, Scotty Bowman, Dick Irvin

Note: On 4/18 at 8:08 PM, The 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 only to illuminate the rink surface with enough power to keep the game moving. CBC was left with no choice but to abandon coverage.

Red Wings-Blues
Game 1, 4/19, No telecast
Game 2, 4/21, No telecast
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast
Game 5, 4/27, CanWest/Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/19. CanWest-Global: Dan Kelly, John Davidson. CBC: Don Wittman, Harry Neale.
Game 2, 4/21. CanWest-Global: Dan Kelly, John Davidson. CBC: Don Wittman, Harry Neale.
Game 3, 4/23. CanWest-Global: Dan Kelly, John Davidson. CBC: Don Wittman, Harry Neale.
Game 4, 4/25. CanWest-Global: Dan Kelly, John Davidson. CBC: Don Wittman, Harry Neale.

Note: CW/Global aired this series nationally, except for the Edmonton and Calgary markets, where CBC retained exclusive rights.

CONFERENCE FINALS

Bruins-Devils
Game 1, 5/2, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 5/4, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 5/6, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 4, 5/8, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 5, 5/10, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 6, 5/12, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 7, 5/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Note: After Game 3, there was an incident between Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld and referee Don Koharski. It was heated and it ended with the infamous insult (something about donuts and pigs) from Schoenfeld to Koharski. The NHL suspended Schoenfeld indefinitely. The Devils actually took the suspension to court, where they issued a restraining order, just minutes before game time. Incensed by the order, the on-ce officials for Game 4, refused to work the game, in essence, staging a wildcat strike. An emergency call went out to get on-ice officials, and they were found. The game was delayed by about an hour due to the bizarre situation.

Oilers-Red Wings
Game 1, 5/3, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 2, 5/5, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 3, 5/7, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 4, 5/9, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 5, 5/11, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Oilers-Bruins
Game 1, 5/18, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 2, 5/20, CanWest-Global. Dan Kelly, John Davidson
Game 3, 5/22, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 4, 5/24 (suspended st 17:37 of the second period), CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 4, 5/26 (replayed), CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale

Note: The 5/24 game was suspended when a transformer blew at the Boston Garden and it was feared the generator would only hold out another 30 minutes. Thus, the game was called off. Game 4 was replayed in Edmonton. Had the series gone a full seven games, game 5 (CBC) would have returned to Boston, Game 6 (CanWest-Global) back to Edmonton and Game 7 (CBC & CanWest-Global) would have been played in Boston. The Oilers would have still held home ice advantage with games 1, 2, 4, and 6 at the Northlands Coliseum.


AMERICAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Islanders-Devils
Game 1, 4/6, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Flyers-Capitals
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 4/12, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 4/14, No telecast
Game 7, 4/16, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, No telecast

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, No telecast

Red Wings-Maple Leafs
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast
Game 6, 4/14, No telecast

Blues-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast

Flames-Kings
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast

Oilers-Jets
Game 1, 4/6, No telecast
Game 2, 4/7, No telecast
Game 3, 4/9, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast
Game 5, 4/12, No telecast

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Capitals-Devils
Game 1, 4/18, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/20, No telecast
Game 3, 4/22, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 4, 4/24, No telecast
Game 5, 4/26, No telecast
Game 6, 4/28, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 7, 4/30, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/20, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 3, 4/22, No telecast
Game 4, 4/24, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 5, 4/26, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito

Note: On 4/18 at 8:08 PM, The 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 only to illuminate the rink surface with enough power to keep the game moving.

Red Wings-Blues
Game 1, 4/19, No telecast
Game 2, 4/21, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/23, No telecast
Game 4, 4/25, No telecast
Game 5, 4/27, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Oilers-Flames
Game 1, 4/19, ESPN. Bruce Buchanan, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/21, No telecast
Game 3, 4/23, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 4/25, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

CONFERENCE FINALS

Bruins-Devils
Game 1, 5/2, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 5/4, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 5/6, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 5/8, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 5/10, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 5/12, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 7, 5/14, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Note: After Game 3, there was an incident between Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld and referee Don Koharski. It was heated and it ended with the infamous insult (something about donuts and pigs) from Schoenfeld to Koharski. The NHL suspended Schoenfeld indefinitely. The Devils actually took the suspension to court, where they issued a restraining order, just minutes before game time. Incensed by the order, the on-ice officials for Game 4, refused to work the game, in essence, staging a wildcat strike. An emergency call went out to get on-ice officials, and they were found. The game was delayed by about an hour due to the bizarre situation.

Oilers-Red Wings
Game 1, 5/3, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 2, 5/5, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 3, 5/7, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 4, 5/9, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito
Game 5, 5/11, ESPN. Sam Rosen, Phil Esposito

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Oilers-Bruins
Game 1, 5/18, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 2, 5/20, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 3, 5/22, ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 4, 5/24 (suspended st 17:37 of the second period), ESPN. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees
Game 4, 5/26 (replayed), Mike Emrick, Bill Clement, Tom Mees

Note: The 5/24 game was suspended when a transformer blew at the Boston Garden and it was feared the generator would only hold out another 30 minutes. Thus, the game was called off. Game 4 was replayed in Edmonton. Had the series gone a full seven games, game 5 would have returned to Boston, Game 6 back to Edmonton and Game 7 would have been played in Boston, all of which would have been covered by ESPN. The Oilers would have still held home ice advantage with games 1, 2, 4, and 6 at the Northlands Coliseum.

I thought I'd give this a whirl.

Below is a listing of all the 1989 Stanley Cup playoff crews, both Canada and the U.S. by series. Lists are courtesy of jtgrace1 and additional research by YT.

Teams listed first had home-ice advantage. All game in best of 7, 2-2-1-1-1 format.

"No telecast" means exactly NO telecast in Canada. In the U.S. it means no national telecast, but the game waslikely televised, at least to the visiting team's market, which is not included.

"SCAM" = SportsChannel America

(TD) - Tape delayed

As always, if errors are found, please alert.

CANADIAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/5, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 2, 4/6, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 3, 4/8, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 4, 4/9, CBC. Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, No telecast

Capitals-Flyers
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 6, 4/13, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green

Penguins-Rangers
Game 1, 4/5, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 2, 4/6, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 3, 4/8, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green
Game 4, 4/9, TSN. Jim Hughson, Gary Green

Red Wings-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, No telecast
Game 6, 4/13, No telecast

Blues-North Stars
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, No telecast

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/5, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/6, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 4, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 5, 4/11, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 6, 4/13, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 7, 4/15, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett

Kings-Oilers
Game 1, 4/5, CBC. Don Wittman, John Garrett
Game 2, 4/6, CBC. Don Wittman, John Garrett
Game 3, 4/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 4, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 5, 4/11, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 6, 4/13, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 7, 4/15, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 4/19, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 4/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 4/23, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 4/25, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin

Penguins-Flyers
Game 1, 4/17, No telecast
Game 2, 4/19, No telecast
Game 3, 4/21, No telecast
Game 4, 4/23, No telecast
Game 5, 4/25, No telecast
Game 6, 4/27, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 7, 4/29, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin

Blues-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/18, No telecast
Game 2, 4/20, No telecast
Game 3, 4/22, No telecast
Game 4, 4/24, No telecast
Game 5, 4/26, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman

Flames-Kings
Game 1, 4/18, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 2, 4/20, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 3, 4/22, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman
Game 4, 4/24, CBC. Don Wittman, Scotty Bowman

CONFERENCE FINALS

Canadiens-Flyers
Game 1, 5/1, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 2, 5/3, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 3, 5/5, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 4, 5/7, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 5, 5/9, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman
Game 6, 5/11, CBC. Bob Cole, Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman

Flames-Blackhawks
Game 1, 5/2, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 2, 5/4, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 3, 5/6, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 4, 5/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 5, 5/10, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flames-Canadiens
Game 1, 5/14, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 2, 5/17, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 3, 5/19, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 4, 5/21, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 5, 5/23, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin
Game 6, 5/25, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin


AMERICAN CREWS

DIVISIONAL SEMI FINALS

Canadiens-Whalers
Game 1, 4/5, SCAM (TD). Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 2, 4/6, SCAM (TD). Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 3, 4/8, SCAM (TD). Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 4, 4/9, SCAM (TD). Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers

Bruins-Sabres
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, SCAM (TD). Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers

Capitals-Flyers
Game 1, 4/5, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/6, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/8, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 4/9, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 4/11, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 4/13, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Penguins-Rangers
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/10, No telecast

Red Wings-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/5, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 2, 4/6, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 3, 4/8, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 4, 4/9, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 5, 4/11, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 6, 4/13, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon

Blues-North Stars
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, No telecast

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/5, No telecast
Game 2, 4/6, No telecast
Game 3, 4/8, No telecast
Game 4, 4/9, No telecast
Game 5, 4/11, No telecast
Game 6, 4/13, No telecast
Game 7, 4/15, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Kings-Oilers
Game 1, 4/5, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 2, 4/6, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 3, 4/8, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 4, 4/9, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 5, 4/11, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 6, 4/13, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 7, 4/15, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks

DIVISIONAL FINALS

Canadiens-Bruins
Game 1, 4/17, SCAM. Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 2, 4/19, SCAM. Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 3, 4/21, SCAM. Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 4, 4/23, SCAM. Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers
Game 5, 4/25, SCAM. Rick Peckham, Gerry Cheevers

Penguins-Flyers
Game 1, 4/17, SCAM (TD). Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 4/19, SCAM (TD). Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 4/21, SCAM (TD). Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 4/23, SCAM (TD). Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 4/25, SCAM (TD). Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 4/27, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 7, 4/29, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Blues-Blackhawks
Game 1, 4/18, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 2, 4/20, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 3, 4/22, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 4, 4/24, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon
Game 5, 4/26, SCAM. Pat Foley, Dale Tallon

Flames-Kings
Game 1, 4/18, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 2, 4/20, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 3, 4/22, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 4, 4/24, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks

CONFERENCE FINALS

Canadiens-Flyers
Game 1, 5/1, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 2, 5/3, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 3, 5/5, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 4, 5/7, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 5, 5/9, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement
Game 6, 5/11, SCAM. Mike Emrick, Bill Clement

Flames-Blackhawks
Game 1, 5/2, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 2, 5/4, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 3, 5/6, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 4, 5/8, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks
Game 5, 5/10, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Herb Brooks

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Flames-Canadiens
Game 1, 5/14, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 2, 5/17, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 3, 5/19, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 4, 5/21, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 5, 5/23, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement
Game 6, 5/25, SCAM. Jiggs McDonald, Bill Clement

For the 1st round it was Penguins-Rangers, not Penguins-Flyers.

Never saw a second of the 1989 playoffs since I didn't have SC America.

SCAM would use the Foley-Tallon call for the 1990 (I think) and 1992 (I know) Campbell Conference Finals

Yep. SC-Chicago produced the SCAM coverage for the 1990 series (of which only the road games were shown in Chicago because of the old man's selfishness--the home games were given minute-or-so live look-ins as "bonus coverage"). They also produced the 1992 series (of which the road games were on SC-C and the home games on a PPV basis called "HawkVision"--later derisively nicknamed "WirtzVision" and also "PotterVision" [see Life, It's a Wonderful]).

When the old man insisted that the home games of the Cup Finals be on PPV, that was what soured me on him. The following year, the old man trotted out HawkVision for a second year. Except this time, ABC wound up showing two of the games, including one home game (which the old man couldn't stop WLS from showing), and the Hawks wound up getting swept. From then on, I took pleasure in poking fun at the old man and celebrating every time his team lost.

That's pretty close to the way I remember about it, but a couple of comments:

I am POSITIVE that the Smythe Division Semifinals crews for CBC were as follows:

Flames-Canucks
Game 1, 4/5, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 2, 4/6, CBC. Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Game 3, 4/8, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 4, 4/9, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 5, 4/11, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 6, 4/13, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett
Game 7, 4/15, CBC. Bob Cole, John Garrett

Kings-Oilers
Game 1, 4/5, CBC. Don Wittman, John Garrett
Game 2, 4/6, CBC. Don Wittman, John Garrett
Game 3, 4/8, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 4, 4/9, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 5, 4/11, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 6, 4/13, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale
Game 7, 4/15, CBC. Don Wittman, Harry Neale

Why they decided to switch Garrett and Neale between games 2 and 3, I don't know, but they did.

Also, I believe the TSN crew was Hughson and Roger Neilson. Neilson was paired with Hughson during the regular season and Gary Green was there beginning the next year. Now it's possible that Green came aboard in the playoffs that year, I don't know, but my guess would be Neilson.

And also, I thought that Scotty Bowman was on the Montreal series in rounds 2 and 3 with Cole and Irvin, while Neale was with Wittman on the Calgary series. Maybe I'm remembering wrong.

djob,

Thanks for your assistance. I do have a couple of questions...

1. Does this mean that Chris Cuthbert was idle for the first round? Or did he do studio work perchance for HNIC?

2. I dug thru the Toronto Star archives about a year ago. This was what I found...
Jim Hughson was pretty much the pxp guy thruout the 88-89 season. Jim Van Horne was studio host thruout as well. It seemed like for the 1988 part of the season, Roger Neilson and Gary Green swapped booth analyst and studio analyst roles almost on a game by game basis.

Then, at the outset of 1989, Neilson left TSN and Howie Meeker was brought back, strictly as studio analyst and Green went to partner with Hughson full time. Then with the playoffs, Meeker was dropped, and Neilson returned this time to the studio with Van Horne and Green continued with Hughson.

Is this correct or is your recall of TSN's 88-89 NHL coverage different?

Your verification on this would be most helpful!

Yes, I believe Cuthbert did studio work in the Edmonton/LA, Calgary/LA, and Calgary/Chicago series. At that time he was the #4 play-by-play man on CBC's depth chart and they were only covering 3 first-round series. The following year (1990), he did play-by-play in the first round Calgary/LA series.
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