True North Sports & Entertainment and Bell Media have announced a ten year agreement awarding the regional television broadcast rights for the Winnipeg Jets to TSN, and the radio broadcast rights for the hockey club to Sports Radio 1290.
As part of the agreement, TSN will broadcast more than 60 regional regular season and pre-season games each season to fans in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and parts of Northwestern Ontario on the new specialty channel “TSN Jets.”
TSN Jets will be a part-time television service dedicated to Jets games which will air its first game on September 20th. In addition to the regional broadcasts, TSN will also broadcast five Jets games across Canada as part of the network’s national broadcast agreement with the NHL.
The agreement with Bell Media also includes exclusive radio broadcast rights for Winnipeg Sports Radio 1290. Sports Radio 1290 will air all 82 regular season Jets games, all pre-season games and any playoff games.
In addition to producing live game coverage, TSN will also produce pre- and post-game shows while Sports Radio 1290 will surround its Jets broadcasts with more than five hours of pre- and post-game coverage.
Play by Play Announcers
Veteran hockey broadcaster Dennis Beyak will be the primary voice of the Winnipeg Jets calling all regular season games. The Manitoba native will call 56 games for TSN Jets along with 26 games for Sports Radio 1290. Beyak has spent the past 16 years as an NHL broadcaster, most recently working as a play-by-play commentator for the Toronto Maple Leafs on AM 640.
In addition to Beyak, popular former Manitoba Moose broadcaster Brian Munz will call 56 Jets games for Sports Radio 1290. Munz has become a fixture on the Manitoba sports scene for the past five years. Prior to being the voice of Moose, the Regina product worked extensively in sports broadcasting on the Edmonton Oilers radio broadcasts, was the play-by-play voice of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Melfort Mustangs, Nipawin Hawks and Humboldt Broncos.
Colour analyst roles for the TSN Jets broadcasts will be shared between former NHL players Brian Engblom and Mike Johnson. Former NHL defenceman Shane Hnidy also joins Sports Radio 1290 as a colour analyst for all Jets games this season.
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