Jim Hughson, one of Canadian hockey’s most notable broadcast voices, joined Sportsnet as lead play-by-play announcer in June 2014. The veteran broadcaster and recipient of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer in 2014 and in 2015 continues to lend his voice to the NHL on Sportsnet, from the first puck drop of the season through to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final.
Hughson started his illustrious career more than three decades ago, working on the Vancouver Canucks radio broadcast before transitioning into television as the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1982. He joined TSN as a member of their NHL broadcast team in 1987, and has covered countless NHL, OHL, and CHL games, including Wayne Gretzky’s last NHL appearance in Canada.
In addition to his work in hockey, Hughson served as the regular play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays and covered their 1992 and 1993 championship seasons alongside Buck Martinez.
In 2005, Hughson signed on with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada as play-by-play announcer on their national broadcasts in 2005. He has called numerous big events including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final, NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game and the men’s hockey tournament at the 2006 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This year (2014) marks Hughson’s ninth Stanley Cup Final.
A native of Fort St. John, B.C., Hughson currently resides in White Rock, B.C.