With the National Hockey League playoffs now hitting the ice, the journey toward a Stanley Cup has begun for hundreds of players.
And for the broadcasters, too.
The long grind – the first games were played Wednesday and a champion won’t be crowned until mid-June – is one that South Surrey’s Jim Hughson knows well.
For Canadian television viewers, the Crescent Beach resident has been the voice of the postseason for more than a decade, as the lead play-by-play broadcaster on the Hockey Night in Canada team.
“There are years where I’m out doing the playoffs and I haven’t got home for 35 days,” the 62-year-old Hughson told Black Press Media’s Indulge magazine in late February, during a rare day off between broadcasts.
“It’s a solid two months. If your series ends in four or five games, then maybe you get a chance to come home for a few days… You dump everything out of your suitcase, put some new stuff in, you see your family, your dog and then you’re back on your way.
“But these last few years, every series has been going six or seven games, and when that happens, you’re just going on to the next one. You don’t even get a chance to repack.”
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