After a slew of injuries playing hockey that included breaks to the wrist, arm, and collar bone; a tear of the medial collateral ligament in both knees; as well as a collapsed lung, Jeff figured it was a good idea to take his interest in sports off the ice and in to the classroom.
He packed his bags and headed to Ottawa, where he spent the next four years studying journalism at Carleton University. There, he discovered his love for all things media – and late night shawarma – though he prides himself on never writing a single article for the school’s newspaper.
Jeff got his first gig at CBC Ottawa during his fourth year at school, earning a national award for a radio documentary on his very first assignment. He eventually graduated and chose to leave a career in broadcasting for the city, girl and industry he loves (not necessarily in that order).
That summer Jeff joined the Winnipeg Free Press as winner of the Vince Leah sports internship, during which he covered all sports from golf to the Manitoba Marathon, to Goldeyes and the Bombers. He was in good hands right away, spending his first full week alongside legendary sportswriter Ed Tait, who had the daunting task of working the breaking news shift. It didn’t take long for Jeff to realize he’d like to make the Free Press his permanent home one day.
After his internship was up Jeff moved over to CBC Manitoba, where he spent the next three years doing a number of jobs including senior writer for the Winnipeg Jets. He’s currently halfway through his goal of covering a game in each of the 30 NHL rinks, with his favourite stops so far being Madison Square Garden in New York and the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Jeff would finally get his wish, joining the Winnipeg Free Press sports team, this time in a permanent role as a multimedia producer. He now spends his days researching and writing about local sports and building new and exciting projects online.
When he’s not on the clock, you can find Jeff googling the latest software, watching Netflix or at a garage sale on the weekends, where he’s become obsessed with picking and refinishing wood furniture, most notably the two oak library desks in his office.