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NHL on TSN (formerly called Molson NHL Tonight on TSN or The NHL Tonight on TSN) is TSN's broadcast of NHL games. The show's current incarnation debuted in 2002.

Its coverage includes national broadcasts of NHL games during the regular season on several nights per week, regional coverage of the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets along with coverage of select series during the first, second, and third rounds of the playoffs.

TSN's coverage of NHL games is not limited to its own broadcasts as sister network TSN2 also frequently shows coverage of games televised by the NBC Sports Network.

TSN's NHL coverage will end nationally at the end of the 2013–14 NHL season after which Rogers Communications will gain exclusive rights to national NHL television broadcasts for the subsequent twelve years.

Coverage OverviewEdit

TSN usually televises three or four games per week during the regular season, with their primary night being Wednesdays, when they enjoy exclusive coverage.

This means that no other NHL game may be broadcast in Canada in English while TSN's Wednesday Night Hockey is on the air.

During the playoffs, TSN has third, fifth, seventh, and eighth choices of first-round series, second and fourth in the second round and second in the Conference Finals.

This means that there is the possibility of TSN covering a Canadian team during the playoffs.

This happened during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as TSN televised the Calgary Flames' first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks which they lost in 6 games and in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals in seven games.

TSN owned the national cable rights to NHL games in Canada from 1987–88 through 1997–98, after which CTV Sportsnet purchased the national cable rights to NHL games.

Prior to this, TSN's NHL coverage was sparse as they only acquired games a la carte.

From 1987-1988 to 1997-1998, they usually showed games twice per week through the regular season and in the first round of the playoffs, they provided extensive coverage of series not involving Canadian-based teams.

The 1986 Canadian coverage of the NHL All-Star Game was to be provided by CTV. However, CTV had a prior commitment to carry a U.S. mini-series and as a result, TSN took over coverage of the game in Hartford.

Regional BroadcastsEdit

Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

TSN began airing Toronto Maple Leafs games regionally (presented by Molson) in the 1998-1999 season when they lost the national contract.

The package was originally for 30 games, but it was reduced to 17 once TSN re-acquired the national rights in 2002.

Ten of those games were ones that TSN acquired from the NHL to air nationally.

The other seven, TSN acquired from the Maple Leafs as regional games, however, TSN eventually came to an agreement with the other five Canadian clubs to air these games nationally.

Play by play of the regional Leafs games was handled by Joe Bowen and Harry Neale.

The deal expired at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season and since the 2007-08 season, every Maple Leafs game on TSN has been shown nationally and covered by the regular NHL on TSN crew.

Beginning in the 2015 season, owing to Bell Canada's ownership stake in the Leafs' owner, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, TSN's coverage will expand to 26 "regional" games. It is presumed that they will continue to air nationally.

Montreal Canadiens on TSNEdit

TSN is the exclusive regional English-language broadcaster for Montreal Canadiens games.

During the 2010-2011 season, TSN aired 24 Canadiens games to viewers in Quebec, Atlantic Canada and parts of Eastern Ontario (including Ottawa, Belleville, Kingston and Pembroke) on a TSN alternate feed.

The network will regionally broadcast 30 Canadiens games during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

Dave Randorf and Dave Reid are the broadcast team for TSN's Canadiens regional broadcasts.

Occasionally other NHL on TSN broadcasters would substitute in on these broadcasts if one of either Reid or Randorf were working other things. TSN previously broadcast regional Canadiens games from 1998 to 2002.

Gord Miller (2001-2002) was the lead play-by-play announcer and Pierre McGuire (2000 to 2002) was the lead "Ice Level Reporter".

Winnipeg Jets on TSNEdit

On July 21, 2011, it was announced that TSN has picked up the rights to telecast games of the Winnipeg Jets.

The agreement between the Jets and TSN is for 10 years and also gives radio rights to CFRW.

TSN Jets will broadcast more than 60 regional regular season and pre-season games to fans in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and parts of Northwestern Ontario.

The channel launched on September 20, 2011 for the Jets' first pre-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Dennis Beyak (play-by-play), and Sara Orlesky (reporter) are the announcers for TSN's regional Jets broadcasts.

On-Air StaffEdit

Gord Miller, and Chris Cuthbert do play-by-play, while Ray Ferraro, and Pierre McGuire serve as "Ice Level Reporter." 

Darren Dutchyshen or Jennifer Hedger prvide updates of other games in progress.

Former StaffEdit

The studio hosts were Jim Van Horne (1987 to 1990) and later John Wells (1989 to 1995).

Primary play-by-play broadcasters were Jim Hughson (1987 to 1994) and Paul Romanuk (1994 to 1997–1998).

Colour commentators were Roger Neilson (1987 to 1989) and Gary Green (1987 to 1998).

When TSN re-acquired the Canadian national cable rights to NHL hockey in 2002, Pierre McGuire was hired as its lead "Ice Level Reporter".

Main Broadcast team and #2 Broadcast team Edit

The main broadcast team was Gord Miller, and Pierre McGuire. The #2 broadcast team was Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro. The studio host was James Duthie, and the studio analyst was Bob McKenzie, and Mike Johnson.

Broadcast teams

  1. Gord Miller-Pierre McGuire
  2. Chris Cuthbert-Ray Ferraro

Regular season Edit

Commentator Crews Edit

  1. Gord Miller: 2002–present (lead play-by-play)
  2. Chris Cuthbert: 2005–present (secondary play-by-play announcer)
  3. Pierre McGuire: 2002-present (lead Ice Level Reporter)
  4. Ray Ferraro: 2005-present (lead color commentator)

Broadcast teams

  1. Gord Miller-Pierre McGuire
  2. Chris Cuthbert-Ray Ferraro

Stanley Cup playoffs Edit

During the playoffs, TSN has 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th choices of first-round series, 2nd and 4th in the second round, and second in the conference finals. This means that there is the possibility of TSN covering a Canadian team during the playoffs. TSN split the coverage with CBC. Games 1, 5, 6, and 7 were usually to be televised on TSN and Games 2, 3, and 4 on CBC.

Year Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Color commentators
1988 Divisional semifinals New York Islanders-New Jersey Game 6 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Philadelphia-Washington Game 7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 1–5 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1989 Divisional semifinals Washington-Philadelphia Games 5–6 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Pittsburgh-New York Rangers Games 1–4 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1990 Divisional semifinals Boston-Hartford Games 6–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
New York Rangers-New York Islanders Games 1–5 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Chicago-Minnesota Game 1–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1991 Divisional semifinals Pittsburgh-New Jersey Games 1–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Chicago-Minnesota Games 1–6 Jim Hughson Gary Green
St. Louis-Detroit Game 7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1992 Divisional semifinals New York Rangers-New Jersey Game 7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Detroit-Minnesota Games 1–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1993 Divisional semifinals Pittsburgh-New Jersey Games 2–5

(Game 4 used ABC's feed)

Jim Hughson Gary Green
Washington-New York Islanders Game 6 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Boston-Buffalo Game 1, 4 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Chicago-St. Louis Games 2–4 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1994 Conference quarterfinals New York Rangers-New York Islanders Games 1–4 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Pittsburgh-Washington Games 1–2, 4–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Detroit-San Jose Games 4–7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Dallas-St. Louis Games 2–3 Paul Romanuk Ryan Walter
New Jersey-Buffalo Games 6–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1995 Conference quarterfinals Pittsburgh-Washington Games 1–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Boston-New Jersey Game 5 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Detroit-Dallas Games 1–3, 5

(Games 1, 4 uses Fox's feed)

Mike Emrick (Games 1, 4)

Gord Miller (Games 2-3, 5)

John Davidson (Games 1, 4)

Pierre McGuire (all games)

1996 Conference quarterfinals Philadelphia-Tampa Bay Games 1–6 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Pittsburgh-Washington Games 1–6 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Florida-Boston Game 5 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
1997 Conference quarterfinals Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Games 1–5 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Florida-New York Rangers Game 5 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Colorado-Chicago Games 1–5 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Detroit-St. Louis Game 6 Paul Romanuk Gary Green
Anaheim-Phoenix Games 3, 5–7 Jim Hughson Gary Green
1998 Conference quarterfinals Philadelphia-Buffalo Games 1–5 Jim Hughson Gary Green
Colorado-Edmonton Game 3

(used CBC's feed)

Don Wittman John Garrett
Detroit-Phoenix Games 3–6 Jim Hughson Gary Green
St. Louis-Los Angeles Games 1–4 Dennis Beyak Ryan Walter
2003 Conference quarterfinals New Jersey-Boston Games 1, 3–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Tampa Bay-Washington Games 5–6 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Detroit-Anaheim Games 1, 3–4 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Colorado-Minnesota Games 1, 5, 7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals New Jersey-Tampa Bay Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Dallas-Anaheim Games 1–6 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Conference finals Minnesota-Anaheim Games 2–4 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
2004 Conference quarterfinals Philadelphia-New Jersey Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Detroit-Nashville Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
San Jose-St. Louis Games 1, 3, 5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Colorado-Dallas Games 1–2, 4–5
(Game 5 used ABC's feed)
Gord Miller (Games 1–2, 4)

Mike Emrick (Game 5)

Pierre McGuire (all games)

Brian Engblom (Game 5)

Conference semifinals San Jose-Colorado Games 1–6

(Games 2, 5 used ABC's feed)

Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Conference finals Tampa Bay-Philadelphia Games 1, 5-7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
2006 Conference quarterfinals New Jersey-New York Rangers Games 1, 4

(Games 1, 4 used NBC's feed)

Mike Emrick John Davidson and Pierre McGuire
Buffalo-Philadelphia Games 1–6

(Game 5 used NBC's feed)

Gord Miller (Games 1-4, 6)

Mike Emrick (Game 5)

Pierre McGuire (Games 1-4, 6)

Peter McNab and Cammi Granato (Game 5)

Dallas-Colorado Games 2–4
(used OLN's feed,
Game 2 was joined in progress)
Mike Emrick John Davidson
Nashville-San Jose Games 1–4 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals Carolina-New Jersey Games 1-5

(Game 4 uses NBC's feed)

Chris Cuthbert (Games 1–3, 5)

Mike Emrick (Game 4)

Pierre McGuire (all games)

and John Davidson (Game 4)

Anaheim-Colorado Games 1–4 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Conference finals Carolina-Buffalo Games 1, 5–7

(Game 1 used NBC's feed)

Mike Emrick (Game 1)

Gord Miller (Games 5–7)

John Davidson (Game 1) and Pierre McGuire (all games)
2007 Conference quarterfinals Buffalo–New York Islanders Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Atlanta-New York Rangers Games 1-4 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Anaheim-Minnesota Games 1–6 Chris Cuthbert Ray Ferraro
Nashville-San Jose Games 1–2, 5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals Buffalo-New York Rangers Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Detroit-San Jose Games 1–6 (Games 2, 5 used NBC's feed) Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Conference finals Detroit-Anaheim Games 1, 5-6 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
2008 Conference quarterfinals
Washington-Philadelphia Games 1–7 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
New Jersey-New York Rangers Games 1–5

(Games 1-5 uses Versus's feed)

Gord Miller Ray Ferraro
Minnesota-Colorado Games 1–2, 5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Anaheim-Dallas Games 1–6 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals San Jose-Dallas Games 1–6 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Conference finals Detroit-Dallas Games 1, 5-6 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
2009 Conference quarterfinals Washington-New York Rangers Games 1–7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
New Jersey-Carolina Games 1–7 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Detroit-Columbus Games 1–4

(Game 1–4 used Fox Sports Detroit's feed)

Sam Rosen Mickey Redmond
Chicago-Calgary Games 1–6 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals Boston-Carolina Games 1–7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Washington-Pittsburgh Game 6 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Detroit-Anaheim Games 2–6 (Game 2 used NBC's feed) Chris Cuthbert Ray Ferraro
Conference finals Pittsburgh-Carolina Game 1 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Detroit-Chicago Games 1, 5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
2010 Conference quarterfinals Washington-Montreal Games 1–7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
New Jersey-Philadelphia Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Chicago-Nashville Games 1–6 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Phoenix-Detroit Games 1–7 Gord Miller Ray Ferraro
Conference semifinals Boston-Philadelphia Games 1–7 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
San Jose-Detroit Games 1–5 Chris Cuthbert Ray Ferraro
Conference finals Chicago-San Jose Games 1–3 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
2011 Conference quarterfinals Washington-New York Games 1–5 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Philadelphia-Buffalo Games 1–7 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
San Jose-Los Angeles Games 1–6 Gord Miller Ray Ferraro
Anaheim-Nashville Games 1–6 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals Washington-Tampa Bay Games 1, 3–4 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Philadelphia-Boston Game 2 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
San Jose-Detroit Games 1–7 Chris Cuthbert Ray Ferraro
Conference finals Boston-Tampa Bay Games 2–4 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
2012 Conference quarterfinals Florida-New Jersey Games 1–7 (Game 1 used Fox Sports Florida feed, Game 2 used NBC Sports Network's feed) Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Games 1–6 Gord Miller Ray Ferraro
St. Louis-San Jose Games 1–5 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Phoenix-Chicago Games 1–6 Gord Miller Pierre McGuire
Conference semifinals St. Louis-Los Angeles Games 1–4 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire
Phoenix-Nashville Games 1–5 Gord Miller Ray Ferraro
Conference finals Phoenix-Los Angeles Games 1–3 Chris Cuthbert Pierre McGuire

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