Good Weekend to You, Here’s Your HNIC Talent

Edmonton vs. Toronto, 7PM, CBC
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliot Friedman

Boston vs. Montreal, 7PM, CBC/NHL Network
Play by Play:
Bob Cole
Color: Greg Millen and Guy Carbonneau
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

Ottawa vs. Vancouver, 10PM, CBC
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake

13 Responses to Good Weekend to You, Here’s Your HNIC Talent

  1. Josh says:

    Only on Hockey Night in Canada would the “A” broadcast team be given this kind of assignment. Can you imagine ABC telling its top NBA announcer and analyst, “We’re doing regional games this weekend, and two of them have serious implications in terms of playoff races, but we really want you guys covering that all-important Knicks-Clippers matchup, instead.”

    Ridiculous.

    • Chris says:

      Yep. It’s unreal. Only Ontario and Alberta get the Oilers/Leafs game, but yet they have Hughson/Simpson and Elliotte Friedman. We are always freaking stuck with Bob Cole and Greg Millen. It’s getting old. Thank god I have RDS to switch to when Greg Millen gets too annoying. Hopefully come playoff time CBC will wake up and give Habs fans Jim Hughson.

      • Josh says:

        I have a feeling you may be disappointed. Hughson lives in Vancouver (and playoff schedules are more demanding on a broadcaster’s time than flying to Toronto once a week during the season), he worked Canucks games for years and frankly it is the larger English market. And there’s also the fact that there’s no competing Canucks broadcast to bleed ratings from the CBC like there is with the Habs/RDS.

        I have to think that Hughson is going to be riding the Canucks as far as they go in the playoffs.

  2. Josh says:

    And speaking of the talent and where it might end up for the playoffs Steve, are you going to be resurrecting your posts speculating about which series might end up on which networks? I actually enjoyed those, and we’re getting down to it now!

    If the playoffs started today, I’d think CBC would grab Van-Col and Pit-Mtl, TSN would take NJ-Ott and SJ-Cgy, then CBC would round out with Was-Bos and LA-Phx. Stateside, NBC would like Was-Bos, and then it’s probably a toss-up between Pit-Mtl and Buf-Phi.

  3. Chris says:

    Josh :I have a feeling you may be disappointed. Hughson lives in Vancouver (and playoff schedules are more demanding on a broadcaster’s time than flying to Toronto once a week during the season), he worked Canucks games for years and frankly it is the larger English market. And there’s also the fact that there’s no competing Canucks broadcast to bleed ratings from the CBC like there is with the Habs/RDS.
    I have to think that Hughson is going to be riding the Canucks as far as they go in the playoffs.

    Yeah thats true. I know Hughson doing Habs playoff games will never happen as long as the Canucks are still in the playoffs.

  4. Robert says:

    If the playoffs started today, I’d think CBC would grab Van-Col and Pit-Mtl, TSN would take NJ-Ott and SJ-Cgy, then CBC would round out with Was-Bos and LA-Phx. Stateside, NBC would like Was-Bos, and then it’s probably a toss-up between Pit-Mtl and Buf-Phi.

    The CBC gets the fourth pick so they would take the remaining canadian team series.

    • Josh says:

      Ah, ok then. I didn’t realize that. I assume TSN would take Calgary then, and CBC would go with Ottawa.

      Who gets fifth pick, then?

  5. leafsfan1967 says:

    Chris :Yep. It’s unreal. Only Ontario and Alberta get the Oilers/Leafs game, but yet they have Hughson/Simpson and Elliotte Friedman. We are always freaking stuck with Bob Cole and Greg Millen. It’s getting old. Thank god I have RDS to switch to when Greg Millen gets too annoying. Hopefully come playoff time CBC will wake up and give Habs fans Jim Hughson.

    Come on guys, Bob Cole’s not that bad. He may be past his prime but he is still way better than most play by play guys in the states. Think Joe Benihaha, Jack Edwards etc. etc…

    Fans of HNIC in the States will get Bob Cole and the Habs game on the NHL Network the other game is on NHLCI as is the late game this week…

    • Josh says:

      I mean really. The Canucks and Sens are both in contention to win their divisions this season. The Bruins and Habs are both fighting for their dear playoff lives. Those are compelling games. And yet for some reason CBC thinks it’s a good idea to have their top guy calling the game that features literally the two worst teams in the league.

      Do Jim Nantz or Joe Buck ever get assigned games this late in the NFL season between two teams that are not going to the playoffs?

      Scott Moore said before this season started that Hughson/Simpson was going to be HNIC’s “#1” team. To have them calling a meaningless game between two garbage teams in March is either serious disrespect to Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, to the fans of Canadian teams that do not reside mere blocks away from the CBC Broadcast Centre, or to all of the above.

    • Josh says:

      Sorry – I was cutting and pasting and that came off harsher than I meant for it to! I’m not trying to be antagonistic towards you, just to get my point across. 🙂

  6. leafsfan1967 says:

    Josh :Sorry – I was cutting and pasting and that came off harsher than I meant for it to! I’m not trying to be antagonistic towards you, just to get my point across.

    I get your point Josj… 🙂 It’s kind of hard to miss 🙂

    I still think your reaction is over the top, ’cause Bob Cole is still very much a class act, but I understand you may not like him…

    • Josh says:

      It’s not that I don’t like him, it’s that CBC announced before the season that Hughson and Simpson were their #1 guys, and here they are for some reason calling a game in March between the #29 and #30 teams in a 30-team league!

      If CBC was claiming that Bob Cole was their #1 playcaller and they had him on that meaningless game, I would have felt the same way. It’s a slap in the face to anyone who’s not a Toronto fan. No other sports broadcasting outlet would do this – not in the NFL, not with baseball and not with the NBA.

      The #1 broadcasters should be calling the most compelling games each week – not the two worst teams in the league playing a nothing game.

  7. Al says:

    Late to the party but the dumbest part was CBC not even sending Hughson/Simpson to call Ottawa/Vancouver, Canucks’ 1st home game from the record-long road trip. I think CBC wants to avoid Mark Lee and Kevin Weekes from calling as many Leafs or Habs games as possible.

    It should’ve been Hughson/Simpson in Vancouver, Cole/Millen in Montreal and Lee/Weekes in Toronto last night. As an American, I still like listening to Cole (especially on Habs games, history/nostalgia) but CBC’s priorities are clear.

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