Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton

Multimedia producer

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.

Recent articles of Jeff Hamilton

Five players the Bombers should chat up during legal-tampering period

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Five players the Bombers should chat up during legal-tampering period

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have mere hours remaining to give their best sales pitch to pending free agents before both sides get their chance to peak behind the curtain and see what else might be out there.

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Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

After a year in the wilderness with the Edmonton Elks, might wide receiver Kenny Lawler find his way back to donning the blue and gold? (Jason Franson / Canadian Press files)

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes Wiwchar

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Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes Wiwchar

Jeff Hamilton 5 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Joe Wiwchar has spent a majority of his 87 years helping grow the game of baseball in Manitoba and across the country, an illustrious journey that began in 1953 and continues to this day.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

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Joe Wiwchar with memorabilia from the Manitoba Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Let the bidding begin

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Let the bidding begin

Jeff Hamilton 9 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

With just two weeks before the start of free agency on Feb. 14, we’ve reached the calm before the inevitable storm for front offices across the CFL.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

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Blue Bombers wide receiver and native Winnipegger Nic Demski is a pending free agent coming off a career year in yards gained and touchdowns scored.

Jets rally in the third period to beat Blues 4-2

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Jets rally in the third period to beat Blues 4-2

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

For the better part of Monday night it felt as if the Winnipeg Jets were digging themselves a deeper hole, destined to add another loss to what’s been the roughest week so far in their 82-game schedule.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

The Jets couldn't solve St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington until the third period on Monday. (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press)

Jets ponder missed opportunities of five-game road swing

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Jets ponder missed opportunities of five-game road swing

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

NASHVILLE — It was the longest stretch away from home for the Winnipeg Jets in their 82-game regular season.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Cole Perfetti appears to have found a spot playing on a line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kyle Connor. (Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press)

Predators take bite out of tired Jets squad

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Predators take bite out of tired Jets squad

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

NASHVILLE — Playing their final game of a long road trip, the Winnipeg Jets put forth a valiant effort against a Nashville Predators team desperate to get back into the playoff picture.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Tanner Jeannot scored the game-winning goal with a wraparound 5:38 into the third period. (Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press)

Glass coming into his own with Predators

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Glass coming into his own with Predators

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

NASHVILLE — Nashville Predators general manager David Poile hadn’t finished telling Cody Glass the news he’d long been waiting for when a wave of emotion swept over the young centreman.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press files

Cody Glass was overwhelmed last fall when given the news he had made the Nashville Predators out of training camp.

Players buying into Arniel’s plan has Jets PK among best in NHL

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Players buying into Arniel’s plan has Jets PK among best in NHL

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

NASHVILLE — When Scott Arniel was hired as an associate coach for the Winnipeg Jets, he came in with a list of priorities he felt could take his new team to a new level.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Adam Lowry (right) is one the Jets’ leading penalty killers. (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press files)

Jets’ attack too much for Philly

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Jets’ attack too much for Philly

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

PHILADELPHIA — At first blush, it looked as though the Winnipeg Jets were going to have their way with the Philadelphia Flyers. Then the final 40 minutes played out, turning the game into a roller-coaster affair that went down to the dying moments.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

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Winnipeg Jets’ Karson Kuhlman (20), center, scores a goal past Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Felix Sandstrom (32), Scott Laughton (21) and Tony DeAngelo (77) during the third period in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Carman’s Wade Allison has travelled a rough road, now he looks like a keeper for the Flyers

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Carman’s Wade Allison has travelled a rough road, now he looks like a keeper for the Flyers

Jeff Hamilton 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

PHILADELPHIA — It hasn’t been a smooth road to the NHL for Wade Allison.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

DEREK HAMILTON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wade Allison (left) plays the puck against Winnipeg Jets forward Kevin Stenlund Sunday night in Philly.

Jets back on track with ‘W’ in Ottawa

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Jets back on track with ‘W’ in Ottawa

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

OTTAWA — It took a little bit to get their engines running at full speed, but the Winnipeg Jets eventually got back on track, earning a convincing 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre Saturday night.

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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

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Ottawa Senators left wing Tim Stutzle (18) skates the puck out of the corner on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.

Jets not so mighty when they go east

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Jets not so mighty when they go east

Jeff Hamilton 4 minute read Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

OTTAWA – While all victories count for the same two points in the standings, not all wins are equal.

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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

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Ottawa Senators defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker (24) and Winnipeg Jets centre Morgan Barron (36) chase the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Saturday.

Jets assistant coach jumped at opportunity to move to big club from Moose

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Jets assistant coach jumped at opportunity to move to big club from Moose

Jeff Hamilton 7 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

OTTAWA — The ink had barely dried on Rick Bowness’s contract as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets when a random resume crossed his desk.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files

When the opportunity arose, Jets assistant coach Marty Johnston wasn’t shy about seeking employment with the team.

Toronto’s big guns take down Jets

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Toronto’s big guns take down Jets

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

TORONTO — The Winnipeg Jets spent much of Wednesday’s media availability lamenting their recent play, specifically the last five games. One day later, they can add a sixth to the list.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Mitch Marner scores short-handed in the second period to put Toronto up 3-0 on the way to a 4-1 win over Winnipeg. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press)

Ehlers’ best yet to come

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Ehlers’ best yet to come

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

TORONTO — You would think Nikolaj Ehlers would be happy with his play right now, having scored 10 points, including three goals and seven assists, in his last seven games.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES

Ehlers had 55 points in 62 games during the 2021-22 season.

Provorov’s Pride protest a black eye for NHL

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Provorov’s Pride protest a black eye for NHL

Jeff Hamilton 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

TORONTO — The NHL suffered another black eye to its brand this week, when Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Ivan Provorov opted not to participate in a pre-game warmup that involved players wearing Pride-theme jerseys, along with rainbow Pride stick tape, in celebration and support of the LGBTTQ+ community Tuesday night.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Jets forward Sam Gagner (right) is proud to have taken part in several Pride events.

Bowness brings out the blender

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Bowness brings out the blender

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

TORONTO — The Winnipeg Jets woke up Wednesday morning one of the NHL’s top teams. Heading into the night’s slate of games, the Jets were tied for first place in the Western Conference, boasting an overall record of 29-15-1, with victories in eight of their last 10.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

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Jets head coach Rick Bowness has talked a lot this week about his club needing to be better in all areas of the ice, to better play within his system, one that is built on being the aggressor.

Lacklustre Jets lose 4-1 to lowly Canadiens

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Lacklustre Jets lose 4-1 to lowly Canadiens

Jeff Hamilton 7 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

MONTREAL – The Winnipeg Jets have put forth several quality efforts this season, rightfully earning their position atop the Western Conference. Tuesday, however, was not one of those games.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Josh Anderson made it 4-1 for Montreal in the third, ending any chance of a Winnipeg comeback. (Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press)

Dubois taking things one season at a time

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Dubois taking things one season at a time

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

MONTREAL — The Winnipeg Jets had a near-full locker room Tuesday morning at Bell Centre, but Pierre-Luc Dubois garnered most of the attention.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

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The fact that Winnipeg Jets left wing Pierre-Luc Dubois is deepening his roots in Montreal also added to the fears his time in Winnipeg might end by the summer of 2024, when he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

Dubois gives back to community

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Dubois gives back to community

Jeff Hamilton 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

MONTREAL – Many know Pierre-Luc Dubois, the hockey player. Now meet Pierre-Luc Dubois, the philanthropist.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

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The Pierre-Luc Dubois Foundation’s golf tournament raises money to help children who otherwise might not be able to afford to play hockey take part in the game.

Rourke move to Jags could benefit CFL

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Rourke move to Jags could benefit CFL

Jeff Hamilton 8 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

It was only a matter of time before Nathan Rourke found a new football home.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

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QB Nathan Rourke has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars after a stellar season in the CFL.

Road-weary Jets fall to Capitals

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Road-weary Jets fall to Capitals

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Washington Capitals played the role of Grinch, stealing two points from the Winnipeg Jets in their final game before the Christmas break.

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Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

Winnipeg Jets goaltender David Rittich (33) stops a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Sonny Milano (15) during the first period. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Arniel happy to be back in River City

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Arniel happy to be back in River City

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — There’s been a lot of talk about Rick Bowness and the impact he’s had on the Winnipeg Jets. That’s going to happen when you’re the head coach and in the first few months on the job you take a team that missed the playoffs by 10 points and turn them into a one of the NHL’s top clubs.

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Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS files

Winnipeg Jets associate coach Scott Arniel (left) talks to head coach Rick Bowness during training camp in September.

Bruins rally to beat Jets 3-2

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Bruins rally to beat Jets 3-2

Jeff Hamilton 6 minute read Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

BOSTON – The Winnipeg Jets have proven capable of hanging with the NHL’s heavy hitters. The Jets entered Thursday’s road game against the Boston Bruins first in the Western Conference, at least when it comes to winning percentage, and have been near or atop the Central Division for much of their 32 games this year.

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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

Boston goaltender Jeremy Swayman watches the puck after making a save as Jake DeBrusk crashes into the goal next to Jets’ center Cole Perfetti during the third period. (Mary Schwalm / The Associated Press)