NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Saturday 7:00 PM on CBC Premiered Apr 09, 1953 Between Seasons



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NHL Stanley Cup Finals

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Hockey Night In Canada has been a national institution in Canada since 1952, when Foster Hewitt's familiar "Hello, Canada!" ushered hockey fans into the era of television. The first NHL game to be televised on Canadian Broadcasting Company was a game in Montreal on Oct. 11, 1952 and the first Finals in 1953, which were broadcast in French on CBC Radio-Canada only in Quebec, perhaps only in the Montreal area. Rene Lecavalier was the play-by-play man and only the three games in Montreal were televised. English language telecasts began in 1954 with Danny Gallivan at the microphone. Danny was followed by Bill Hewitt and Bob Cole were the primary play-by-play announcers through the 2008 Finals. Beginning in 2009, Jim Hughson took over the play-by-play duties with Craig Simpson alongside for color commentary.

The Finals telecasts have been hosted by Ron McLean since 1987. He also hosts the popular Coach's Corner with the outspoken Don Cherry.

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 6/24/2013

Season 60 : Episode 6


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  • Ron McLean

    Ron McLean

    Studio Host

    Jim Hughson

    Jim Hughson

    Play-by-Play Announcer

    Craig Simpson

    Craig Simpson

    Color Commentator

    Glenn Healy

    Glenn Healy

    Ice Level Color Commentator

    Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman

    Ice Level Reporter/Studio Analyst (2015 - )

    Scott Oake

    Scott Oake

    Ice Level Reporter/On-site Host (2015 - )

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    • The Cup Fianls put me into sleep.

      The Stanley cup finals are boring. That's it no exception.
    • The greatest!

      Hockey Night in Canada is the greatest program in the history of television. Almost every Canadian watches this show all year every year, because we all love hockey. I can't think of a more important sports show. It's at least as important in Canada as Monday Night Football is in the states. And during the playoffs every episode is a like a weekly Superbowl! The announcers have always been great, this show has been on forever and it will always be on because we love hockey and that's never going to change. It's easily the highest rated show in Canadian history, and the production values are higher than any other show.moreless
    • A night filled with NHL action! What could be better?!

      Hockey Night in Canada is a major thing in Canada. It compares to America's Monday Night Football. Fans tune in every week to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the ice. In Canada they mostly show the teams from Canada such as the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Oilers, Flames, and Senators. Although they do show every NHL team throughout the season. Canada really gets up for inner country rivalries. Good commentators and analysts make for good hockey news and reports. I wish they would show Hockey night in Canada in the states without having to order the NHL package from your cable or dish provider. Hockey Night in Canada is a must see for any true NHL fan!moreless
    • 55th Year, a Tradition in Canada ,the Theme song as Wayne Gretzky says still sends a chill

      The NHL's big mistake is that they lost ESPN's coverage of the NHL , NCAA Female Softball has since beat the NHL in ratings , The NHL should Beg ESPN to broadcast their games , I am a die hard NHL fan from Canada , the NHL does not belong on NBC , it belongs on ESPN, FOX, CBC, CTV, TSN ^ Rogers Sportsnet 55th Year, a Tradition in Canada ,the Theme song as Wayne Gretzky says still sends a chill down his spine , Great show Great pre-Game and of coarse Don Cherry is very entertaining , great showmoreless
    • it's pretty good, of course it is CBC & Canada, and they know their hockey

      I have been watching some playoff games this year on CBC, and I have watched Hockey Night in Canada a couple of times, the announcers seem good, they aren't biased or anything, and the game went the way I wanted it to with the Redw Wings beating the Flames in double OT to take the series. It was cool they showed an old playoff game with Calgary and Edmonton afterwards and that was interestign to watch. I didn't watch much because it was late after the Wings/Flames game. I'm not really that much into hockey. but it is enjoyable to watch, and this show does a good job of presenting it.moreless

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