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Isaac has produced games for “Hockey Night in Canada,” TSN, Sportsnet and others since 1982. He now works exclusively on hockey for Sportsnet while working for the other two networks or event organizers on other sports.

He cut down on hockey broadcasts a few years ago after working on 15 Stanley Cup finals for CBC, but took on more work than usual this summer, such as the final two rounds of the Canadian Women’s Open golf tournament, Rogers Cup tennis and Davis Cup tennis, to offset the effects of the anticipated lockout.

“With the various work stoppages that started in the ‘90s, I started to get a sense that I should not lay all my eggs in the hockey basket,” he said.