Sportsnet's Jim Hughson.

It appears that Sportsnet (the Rogers-owned Canadian TV channel, not any of the American channels with similar names) is set to make a big change in their hockey coverage. Jim Hughson has been calling hockey play-by-play for CBC/Sportsnet since 2005, but as per @yyzsportsmedia, he won’t be doing that this year:

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It’s unclear who Sportsnet will tab to replace Hughson, and it’s also unclear if Hughson will wind up elsewhere. He has a long history with NHL coverage, from Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs broadcasts in the 1980s through work for TSN, CTV, CTV Sportsnet (the predecessor to the current Sportsnet), and Sportsnet Pacific, plus his most recent stints with CBC and Sportsnet. At any rate, him moving on from CBC and Sportsnet (which produces CBC’s NHL coverage under the current deal) is certainly notable, and it’s certainly a significant change in the Canadian NHL broadcasting landscape.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.