NHL on Hughes is the de facto name of a TV program that broadcast National Hockey League games on the defunct independent Hughes Television Network during the 1979–80 season.[1] The program aired under the title The NHL '80.[2] Hughes broadcast Thursday night games,[3] the All-Star Game,[4] some playoff games, and the first five games of the Stanley Cup Finals[5] (the final game, Game 6, was broadcast by CBS). Hughes technically, used CBC's Hockey Night in Canada feeds for the American coverage of the first five games of the Stanley Cup Finals. The first broadcast involved the Atlanta Flames against the Chicago Blackhawks on January 25.

Playoff coverageEdit

Round Teams Games Play-by-play Color commentators
First round Pittsburgh-Boston Game 2
New York Rangers-Atlanta Game 4 Jiggs McDonald Pete Stemkowski
Quarterfinals Montreal-Minnesota Games 6–7 Dan Kelly Mickey Redmond
Semifinals Buffalo-New York Islanders Games 3, 6
(CBC's feed)
Jim Robson (first half of Game 3)
Dan Kelly (second half of Games 3 and 6)
Bob Cole (first half of Game 6)
Gerry Pinder (Game 3)
Gary Dornhoefer (Game 6)
Philadelphia-Minnesota Games 3–4
Game 4 used (CBC's feed)
Dan Kelly (Games 1, 3–4, first half)
Jim Robson (second half of Game 4)
Bill Clement (Game 1)
Pete Stemkowski (Game 3)
Gerry Pinder and Howie Meeker (Game 4)

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Play-by-play Color commentators
Bob Cole (Games 1 and 2, first half)
Jim Robson (Games 3–5, first half)
Dan Kelly (second half of Games 1–5 plus overtime in Game 1)
Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin, Jr.


  1. "Sports BRIEFING", October 10, 1979. 
  2. 1980 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6: NY Islanders - Philadelphia Flyers at YouTube
  3. "Hughes Network to Show Number of Hockey Games", October 11, 1979. 
  4. "NHL, Hughes Network Agree on Prime-Time TV Coverage", October 10, 1979, p. F6. 
  5. Associated Press. "Games Will Be Televised", May 13, 1980, p. 22. 
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