NHL on Global is the de facto name of a former television program that broadcast National Hockey League games on the Global Television Network. The program aired during the 1987 and 1988 Stanley Cup playoffs under the titles Stanley Cup '87[1] and Stanley Cup '88[2] respectively.

Background[edit | edit source]

In relation to CTV's NHL coverage[edit | edit source]

For the 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons, CTV aired regular season games on Friday nights (and some Sunday afternoons) as well as partial coverage of the playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. While Molson continued to present Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights on CBC, rival brewery Carling O'Keefe began airing Friday Night Hockey on CTV. This marked the first time since 1974–75 that CBC was not the lone over-the-air network broadcaster of the National Hockey League in Canada. CTV's 1965-75 NHL package consisted of Wednesday night games produced by the McLaren advertising agency, which also produced CBC's Saturday night Hockey Night in Canada telecasts.

The deal with CTV was arranged by the Quebec Nordiques (who were owned by Carling O'Keefe) and all 14 U.S.-based NHL clubs, who sought to break Molson's monopoly on NHL broadcasting in Canada. All of CTV's regular season telecasts originated from Quebec City or the United States, as Molson shut them out of the other six Canadian buildings (as Carling did to them in Quebec City).

The deal ended following the 1985-86 season. CTV's limited access to Canadian-based teams (other than Quebec, whose English-speaking fan base was quite small) translated into poor ratings.

Stanley Cup '87 and Stanley Cup '88[edit | edit source]

Despite CTV pulling the plug on their two-year-long venture with the NHL, Carling O'Keefe retained their rights (there were two years remaining on the contract with or without CTV).[3]

Things became problematic when the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs opened with Carling O'Keefe still without a network of some sort. The problems arguably peaked when the Montreal-Quebec second-round playoff series opened without Molson being allowed to broadcast from Quebec City, leaving Games 3 and 4 off of English-language television altogether. This led to a hastily-arranged syndicated package on a chain of channels[4] that would one day form the basis of the Global Television Network. The deal between Carling O'Keefe and the Canwest/Global consortium (with a few CBC and CTV affiliates sprinkled in for good measure) came just in time for Game 6 of the Montreal-Quebec series on April 30.

It must be stressed that Global, technically, didn't become a national network until 1997. During the 1980s, Global consisted of a single station in Toronto with some rebroadcast transmitters through Ontario, CanWest was a chain of independent channels in Western Canada, and the two often combined to carry syndicated programming, such as this NHL package and the Canadian Football Network, which would also begin in 1987. These NHL broadcasts were aired under the names Stanley Cup '87 and Stanley Cup '88, before a merger between Carling O'Keefe and Molson (the presenters of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC as previously mentioned) put an end to the competition.

In 1987, coverage also included all five games of the Campbell Conference Final[5] between the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings,[6] and Games 3–5[7][8][9][10] of the Finals between the Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers.

In 1988,[11] coverage included the Smythe Division Final between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames (which Global carried nationally, except for the Edmonton and Calgary markets, where the CBC retained exclusive rights),[12] Game 5 of the Norris Division Final between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues,[13][14] the Campbell Conference Final between the Oilers and Red Wings, and Games 1[15] and two of the Finals between the Oilers and Boston Bruins.[16] They also had the rights to Games 6 and 7 of the Finals, which were not necessary.

Unlike the split CTV/CBC coverage of 1984–85 and 1985–86, the Canwest-Global telecasts were network exclusive, except for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals if they were necessary. When CBC and Global televised Game 7 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals,[17][18] they used separate production facilities and separate on-air talent.

Commentators[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Global Television Network personalities
Year Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1987 Divisional finals Montréal-Québec Game 6[24][25] Dan Kelly John Davidson
Conference finals Edmonton-Detroit Games 1–5[26][27][28][29][30][31] Dan Kelly John Davidson
Stanley Cup Finals Edmonton-Philadelphia Games 3–5, 7[32] Dan Kelly John Davidson
1988 Divisional finals Detroit-St. Louis Game 5 Dan Kelly John Davidson
Calgary-Edmonton Games 1–4[33] Jim Robson John Davidson
Conference finals Edmonton-Detroit Games 1–5[34][35][36] Dan Kelly John Davidson
Stanley Cup Finals Edmonton-Boston Games 1–2[37][38] Dan Kelly John Davidson

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Stanley Cup 87 on Global – Ending at YouTube
  2. 1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Global TV Promo at YouTube
  3. Matsumoto, Rick. "Brian Propp determined to make Team Canada", August 5, 1987, p. F1. 
  4. McKee, Ken. "No game for fans in north", May 6, 1987, p. C4. 
  5. McKee, Ken. "Habs-Nordiques are on Global", April 29, 1987, p. C5. 
  6. "Oilers, Wings on tube", May 13, 1987, p. E3. 
  7. "Let's put an end to goon hockey", June 14, 1987, p. G6. 
  8. McKee, Ken. "Where were commentators when NHL was on fence?", May 15, 1987, p. F10. 
  9. McKee, Ken. "Global network to share coverage for NHL playoffs", February 7, 1987, p. D5. 
  10. Global 1987 Playoffs close at YouTube
  11. Gross, Jonathan. "Former goalie knows how to put it in the net before the cameras", April 2, 1988, p. S6. 
  12. McKee, Ken. "Global has the Oilers", April 28, 1988, p. C8. 
  13. McKee, Ken. "Leaf fans have case of blues", April 8, 1987, p. B5. 
  14. "Yzerman works out with Wings", May 1, 1988, p. G3. 
  15. Intro to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (May 18, 1988) at YouTube
  16. "Most of Canada able to tune in on Stanley Cup", May 17, 1988, p. H1. 
  17. 1987 Stanley Cup Final post game (part 1) from Global at YouTube
  18. 1987 Stanley Cup Final post game (part 2) from Global at YouTube
  19. McGourty, John (November 7, 2008). The Doc is in. NHL.com.
  20. Issacs, Stan. "TV SPORTS Fischler's Simply the Best", April 26, 1988, p. 114. 
  21. 1988 Edmonton Oilers Feature at YouTube
  22. Stanley Cup 87 on Global – Final Words at YouTube
  23. 1987 NHL Playoffs "That's What Friends Are For"- Music Video (Global TV) at YouTube
  24. Canadiens vs Nordiques 1987 GM.6 at YouTube
  25. 1987 playoffs - Habs vs Nordiques Game 6 Highlights at YouTube
  26. Global 1987 Playoffs Opening (Oilers-Red Wings) at YouTube
  27. Oilers vs Red Wings (G # 2) 1987 Campbell Conference Finals at YouTube
  28. Oilers vs Red Wings (G # 3) 1987 Campbell Conference Finals at YouTube
  29. "Oilers Goals" 1987 Playoffs vs Red Wings (3rd Round) at YouTube
  30. Oilers vs Red Wings (G # 4) 1987 Campbell Conference Finals at YouTube
  31. Oilers vs Red Wings (G # 5) - 1987 Conference Finals at YouTube
  32. 31/05/1987 - Philadelphia Flyers vs Edmonton Oilers - Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals at YouTube
  33. Otto and Messier talk 87-88 playoffs at YouTube
  34. Global 1988 Playoffs Opening (Oilers-Red Wings) at YouTube
  35. Oilers vs Red Wings (G # 2) 1988 Conference Finals at YouTube
  36. "Oilers Goals" 1988 Playoffs vs Red Wings (3rd Round) at YouTube
  37. Classic: Bruins @ Oilers 05/18/88 - Game 1 Stanley Cup Finals 1988 at YouTube
  38. Intro to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (May 18, 1988) at YouTube
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