In a shocking twist, a familiar pair of voices will be heard on your TVs when the Leafs take on the Blue Jackets in the play-in round. Sportsnet revealed in a media release this morning that Jim Hughson and Crag Simpson will be calling games for all Canadian teams in the Toronto bubble, including the Leafs.
Sportsnet announces broadcast teams for NHL hub cities:
Edmonton: Chris Cuthbert with Louie DeBrusk, calling the Western Conference qualifying series w/Canadian teams
Toronto: Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, with Canadian teams in Eastern series.
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This is a crushing blow to some Leafs fans hoping to hear Chris Cuthbert, who just recently switched over from TSN, calling Leafs games on national TV for the first time in years. That is because, for years, the broadcasting pair of Hughson and Simpson have been accused by parts of the Leafs fanbase of perceived favouritism to the opposing team during games. This is partially why you also hear said fans pleading for Joe Bowen to be brought back to call games on TV since he moved to radio full-time in 2014.
At the time of writing, NBC has yet to fully reveal …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation