One of hockey’s most recognizable voices walks away from the broadcast booth.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sportsnet announced that Hockey Night in Canada announcer Jim Hughson is retiring, ending a 42-year career in the sports broadcasting industry that spanned several decades. , networks and even sports.
For many fans of a certain age, Hughson’s voice served as the soundtrack to their teenage hockey experience. Not only was he a mainstay of the national Saturday night broadcasts, but Hughson and his color commentary partner Craig Simpson also served as the broadcast duo for the EA Sports NHL video games for a number of years.
Hughson began his career hosting radio games in 1979 before becoming a host for the Vancouver Canucks in the early 1980s. From there, Hughson slowly moved on to the full-time play-by-play booth. , becoming the official voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs TV shows in 1982 before, after many other stops, joining Hockey Night in Canada in 2005.
Although best known for his work in hockey, Hughson was also an accomplished baseball broadcaster, most notably winning back-to-back World Series wins for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993 alongside Buck Martinez.
It’s hard to imagine a world in which Jim Hughson doesn’t call the NHL games. What an end to a remarkable career.