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HNIC play-by-play man Jim Hughson has noticed more fighting this season. How about you?
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
“Take that, Ben Eager,” CBC play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson exclaimed as the San Jose forward’s penalties sabotaged the Sharks in Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference final against Vancouver.
Hughson was assuming the voice of Canucks retribution on the feisty Eager, a nice stylistic flourish. But it’s led some outside Vancouver’s orbit to question whether Hughson has been a little too in-sync with the feelings of the Canucks and their fans.
After all, goes the thinking, if Bob Cole and Don Cherry can be pilloried outside Toronto for a perceived bias toward the Maple Leafs (Cherry boasts of his blue-and-white fandom), should the same standard not be applied to the No. 1 play-by-play voice of Hockey Night in Canada?
from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
If you’d never heard Hughson call Olympics hockey or any of his work on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, ABC, ESPN, EA Sports NHL—if you just looked at all the stops he’s made along the way (including voice of the Leafs), you’d think, “This guy can’t hold a job.”
“You name the Canadian network and I’ve had paycheques from them,” Hughson, fresh off covering some White Rock trails on a morning run, said with a laugh when the question is put to him.
With a six-year contract from CBC in his pocket to be Ma Corp’s top hockey broadcaster, replacing
75-year-old Bob Cole, who’s being eased out, Hughson is looked upon by most as the best broadcaster in Canada. (Although Chris Cuthbert is no slouch, Hughson out-Geminis him 5-2.)
frm William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Both the CBC and Rogers Sportsnet are bidding for the services of Hughson, the play-by-play veteran who will be a free agent in the summer.
Hughson, based in Vancouver, has for several years been employed by both the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Sportsnet, but that will change in his next deal.
“I’ve pretty much determined it will be Sportsnet or Hockey Night in Canada,” Hughson said this week. “But I can honestly tell you I don’t know which way it’s going.”