FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of Canada’s most recognizable play-by-play commentators, Fort St. John’s Jim Hughson, is retiring.
Hughson has spent the last 42 years covering some of the biggest sporting events from the NHL Stanley Cup finals, MLB World Series and two Olympic Games.
Looking back on his years giving context and colour to various sporting events, Hughson says it’s been a fantastic run.
“I’d like to thank Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and all my friends and colleagues over the years for the tremendous support and countless memories,” said Hughson. “My only goal in this industry was to work at the highest level and on the last day of the season. I’ve had that opportunity a number of times and will always be grateful for it.”
Hughson got his start by calling Fort St. John Flyers games in the 1970s and later became the voice of the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also joined the Hockey Night in Canada crew for national broadcasts. Hughson covered the Toronto Blue Jays during their two World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. In addition, Hughson was part of the 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games hockey broadcast team.
“Jim is one of the best this business has ever seen. Whether on TV, radio or in video games, for many he has been their soundtrack of hockey,” said Rob Corte, VP of Sportsnet Production. “He’s set the gold standard for broadcasting in this country and has accomplished pretty much everything any broadcaster would set out to do in their career. On top of that, he’s a tremendous teammate and an even better person.”
Hughson was recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019 with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, honouring his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. He also has been awarded the Canadian Screen Awards’ Best Sports Play-by-Play announcer four times.