Longtime broadcaster Hughson retires

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A fixture in the broadcast booth is stepping away, as Jim Hughson called it a career Tuesday after 42 years behind the mic.

"This is a decision I made in consultation with my family, and I'm very much at peace with it," the veteran play-by-play voice said in a statement. "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 was a prominent broadcaster on Hockey Night in Canada for years. In 2019, the Hockey Hall of Fame gave him the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award to recognize his contributions to the sport.

The British Columbia-born commentator was limited to calling Vancouver Canucks home games last season because he didn't travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hughson called 12 Stanley Cup Finals and the Olympic men's hockey tournaments in 2006 and 2014. He worked primarily on Canucks and Maple Leafs broadcasts for HNIC. Hughson also called Major League Baseball games earlier in his career and frequently voiced EA Sports' NHL video games.

He'll turn 65 on Oct. 9.

Longtime broadcaster Hughson retires
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