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.
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.
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.
Darren Dutchyshen or Jennifer Hedger prvide updates of other games in progress.
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.
Regular season Edit
Commentator Crews Edit
- Gord Miller: 2002–present (lead play-by-play)
- Chris Cuthbert: 2005–present (secondary play-by-play announcer)
- Pierre McGuire: 2002-present (lead Ice Level Reporter)
- Ray Ferraro: 2005-present (lead color commentator)
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|
(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|
(Game 5 used NBC's feed)
|Gord Miller (Games 1-4, 6)
Mike Emrick (Game 5)
|Pierre McGuire (Games 1-4, 6)|
(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|
|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|
(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|