Senior Director, Hockey Communications
Scott Brown enters his 10th season handling the communications and media relations duties of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. Brown joined True North Sports + Entertainment in 2003 and originally supervised media relations for the Manitoba Moose. He also looked after the department as it pertained to TNSE and all its entities for 11 years. Brown is now responsible for all media and public inquiries on a day-to-day basis regarding the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose.
Manager, Hockey Communications
Greger Buer enters his fourth season with the Winnipeg Jets and True North Sports + Entertainment.
In his role, Buer handles interview requests, press releases, and credentials, as well as assisting in all areas of Winnipeg Jets communications.
Buer is a native of Calgary, Alta. with a diploma in Communications from Mount Royal University and a B.A. in History from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the Jets, Buer worked for three years as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Calgary Flames and he also served as the Media Relations Manager for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
Coordinator, Hockey Communications
Scott Unger enters his fifth season with True North Sports + Entertainment.
In his role, Unger handles the production of team media guides and game notes, while assisting in all areas of Winnipeg Jets communications.
Unger previously served as Media Relations Manager for the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club for six seasons from 2010-2015, during which time the Goldeyes won three American Association Organization of the Year awards.
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Play-by-play coverage of every Winnipeg Jets home and away game is available on CJOB 680 and Power 97, which are owned by Corus Entertainment. In addition to play-by-play of all Jets games, CJOB 680 is the home of a daily Jets-focused noon hour show and pre- and post-game shows before and following reach game.
Engaging audiences since 1999, the Corus Entertainment's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 34 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services.
Manitoba-native Dennis Beyak returns to TSN for his 10th season as play-by-play announcer for Winnipeg Jets regionally televised games on TSN3 and on TSN 1290 radio in Winnipeg.
Born and raised in the small farming community of Winnipegosis, Man., 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 45-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.
Paul Edmonds begins his seventh season as the radio play-by-play announcer of the Winnipeg Jets and first on 680 CJOB and Power 97. Edmonds, born and raised in Winnipeg, Man., 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 defunct West Coast Hockey League between 1998 and 2001 and provided colour commentary during Manitoba Moose broadcasts for nearly four seasons in the 1990s. Most recently, he served as play-by-play announcer for three seasons with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Selkirk Steelers. Edmonds contributed to TSN 1290’s Winnipeg Jets broadcasts during three seasons, from 2011-2014 and made his first appearance calling play-by-play for the Jets in 2013-14.
Edmonds and his wife, Tanis, reside in St. Andrews, Man., with their three children.
PWHA - Winnipeg Chapter
The Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) is a North American professional association for ice hockey journalists writing for newspapers, magazines and websites. The PHWA was founded in 1967 and has approximately 180 voting members.
PHWA members vote for the following seven National Hockey League (NHL) individual awards: Hart Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, and Frank J. Selke Trophy. Members of the National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association vote for the Jack Adams Award (coaching),] while the NHL general managers vote for the Vezina Trophy (top goalie). Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association vote for the Ted Lindsay Award. There are several other NHL awards, including the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award and the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.
The members of the PHWA also vote for the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, presented by the Hockey Hall of Fame to professional hockey writers.
The association is dedicated to "preserving the rights and improving the access for members of the North American–based media who cover the sport of hockey all over the world".
The Dick Dillman Award
The Dick Dillman Award is presented annually to two teams (one in each NHL conference), to honor the work of each team's public-relations staff. It was created in 1994 and is named in memory of the late Dick Dillman, who coordinated the public-relations department of the then–Minnesota North Stars. For the award's first twelve years (1994–1995 through 2005–2006), it was presented to only one team (in the entire NHL).
Winnipeg Chapter Chair
Ken Wiebe, The Athletic, 2011 @WiebeSunSports
Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun, 2011 @Ted_Wyman
Paul Friesen, Winnipeg Sun, 2011 @friesensunmedia
Jeff Hamilton, Winnipeg Free Press, 2016 @jeffkhamilton
Mike Sawatzky, Winnipeg Free Press, 2016 @sawa14
Jason Bell, Winnipeg Free Press, 2016 @WFPJasonBell
Mike McIntyre, Winnipeg Free Press, 2017 @mikemcintyrewpg
Murat Ates, The Athletic, 2018 @WPGMurat
Scott Billeck, Winnipeg Sun, 2019 @ScottBilleck