Regional Televsion Broadcasts
As fans have grown familiar with over three Jets seasons, all games on TSN3 will feature the Voice of the Jets, Dennis Beyak. Analyst duties will be shared by Shane Hnidy and Brian Engblom. TSN3 will also feature 30-minute pre- and post-game shows every game, hosted by TSN’s team of hockey experts and Insiders.
For a full broadcast schedule, visit WinnipegJets.com/Schedule.
All of the Jets’ 82 regular season games, as well as all seven exhibition games, can be heard live on the radio and online on TSN 1290. Play-by-play calls are handled by Dennis Beyak and Paul Edmonds, who most recently served as the co-host of TSN 1290’s morning show. They are joined by analysts Brian Munz and Hnidy, both of whom have been part of TSN 1290’s Jets coverage since it debuted in 2011.
For more information about radio broadcasts, visit www.tsn.ca/winnipeg
Play-By-Play Announcer, TSN 3 - Jets
Manitoba-native Dennis Beyak returns to TSN for his fourth season as play-by-play announcer for Winnipeg Jets regional games on TSN Jets, and on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg.
Born and raised in the small farming community of Winnipegosis, MB. Beyak began his broadcasting career on CFAR 590 Radio doing play-by-play for the Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Hockey League. Since then, Beyak has provided play-by-play commentary for the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, Victoria Cougars and Seattle Thunderbirds, and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Beyak has also done television play-by play for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and was the primary radio voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1998-2011.
In addition to radio, Beyak has called the IIHF World Hockey Championships on TSN and The Score, and also worked as a hockey analyst on The Score. He has also done play-by-play for many other sports, including football, baseball, basketball, curling, horse racing, volleyball and snowmobile races.
Beyak’s 43-year career in sports also includes stints outside of the broadcast booth, as he was the Assistant General Manager of the Saskatoon Blades from 1981-1990, the General Manager of the Seattle Thunderbirds from 1992-1994, and the General Manager of the Tri-City Americans from 1994-1995. Beyak, a graduate of Winnipeg’s National Institute of Broadcasting, was also the chairman of the Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon (1989) and Seattle (1992), and was named WHL Executive of the Year in 1989.
Play-By-Play Announcer, TSN 1290 Winnipeg
Paul Edmonds begins his first season as the radio play-by-play announcer of the Winnipeg Jets on TSN 1290. Edmonds, born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, had previously spent 19 baseball seasons as the radio voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, broadcasting over 1,700 games. During that time he was recognized as the top minor league baseball broadcaster in North America by BallparkDigest.com in 2008 and inducted into the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Media Roll of Honour in 2013.
Edmonds’ background in hockey broadcasting includes four seasons in the Western Hockey League from 1991-1995, calling games for the Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats. He also served as play-by-play announcer in the now defunct West Coast Hockey League between 1998 and 2001 and provided colour commentary during Manitoba Moose broadcasts for nearly four seasons. Most recently, he served as play-by-play announcer for three seasons with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Selkirk Steelers. Edmonds has contributed to TSN 1290’s Winnipeg Jets broadcasts in each of the past three seasons and made his first appearance calling play-by-play for the Jets in 2013-14.
Analyst, TSN 1290 Winnipeg
Former NHL defenceman Shane Hnidy returns to TSN 1290 and TSN as a colour analyst for all Jets games this season. Hnidy expanded his broadcast role by covering the 2013 IIHF World Juniors in Ufa, Russia for both TSN 1290 and TSN.
An 11-year veteran who played 550 NHL games with six teams, Hnidy won a Stanley Cup in his final season as a pro with the Boston Bruins in 2011.
The Neepawa, MB product played junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos and Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. He was drafted in the seventh round (173rd overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, although he played no games for the team.
After turning professional in 1996, he played for Saint John of the AHL, Grand Rapids of the IHL, Cincinnati and Adirondack of the AHL before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2000 where he established his NHL career. Prior to Boston, Hnidy had NHL stops in Anaheim (2001), Nashville (2001-2004), and Atlanta (2005-2008).