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Jim Hughson Expected to Call Saturday's Vancouver-Pittsburgh Game




<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3609026921_4f821f6de1_m.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">With no Toronto Maple Leafs game on the NHL schedule tomorrow, it is expected we will see Jim Hughson calling the play-by play for the Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins tilt at General Motors Place with Craig Simpson providing colour commentary from the booth and Glenn Healy between the benches, CBC's top team.

The only other Canadian matchup sees the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. Since being replaced by Hughson's as the network's top announcer, Bob Cole has been the play-by-play announcer for all Canadiens games on CBC with Guy Carbonneau and Greg Millen occasionally providing colour commentary. Effectively freeing Hughson to work the Canucks broadcast.

Also worth noting is that Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault will be joining Glenn Healy and Scott Oake on After Hours. Submit your questions now.

This will be the second-to-last time we will be hearing Jim Hughson doing play-by-play for the Canucks this season. The last one comes January 30th against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 4pm PST as part of the Hockey Day in Canada festivities.

Unless the Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs or the Canucks fail to make it, we will most certainly see Hughson calling the Canucks playoff games.

Amazing, eh? No Leafs game on a Saturday.

Photo: Stephen Dyrga



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Maple Leafs didn't play on a Saturday a few months ago...

That's right. It was on Nov. 28 and the Leafs did not play on three Saturdays last season. The Canadiens also do not play on three Saturdays each season. This is part of the new national TV contract. The author should do some research before posting.

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