Jim Hughson will not be calling any games on Hockey Night in Canada or any other Sportsnet broadcast during the playoffs.
Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson are set to air the series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, which begins on Thursday, May 20. They will be joined by Kyle Bukauskas, as the arena host.
Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will be in the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets broadcast booth starting Wednesday. Gene Principe (Edmonton) and Scott Oake (Winnipeg) will share the facilitation duties for this series.
John Bartlett and Garry Galley will also call some games between non-Canadian teams south of the border.
Due to the pandemic, Hughson has chosen not to travel this season, with the 64-year-old only calling games near his home in Vancouver. In an email to Daily Hive, a Sportsnet spokesperson confirmed that travel requirements are the reason Hughson is out.
Hughson has been the primary play-by-play broadcaster of Hockey Night in Canada for some time, calling every Stanley Cup final since 2009. Cuthbert, who left TSN for Sportsnet last summer, competed in the 2010 Olympics but never called a Stanley Cup final.
Ron MacLean and David Amber will handle the hosting duties from a studio in Toronto. They will be joined by a rotation of analysts, in the studio or remotely, including: Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Kevin Bieksa, Jennifer Botterill, Anthony Stewart and Cassie Campbell-Pascall.
The playoffs begin Saturday, with a clash between the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins. Three more series start on Sunday.