Keilback would like shot at another WRAPAROUND


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CURT Keilback figures he still has a few "WRAPAROUNDs" left in his pipes.

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CURT Keilback figures he still has a few “WRAPAROUNDs” left in his pipes.

The man who called the last game in Winnipeg Jets history back in 1996 — and did play-by-play or colour commentary for the team for a total of 17 years — would love to get back in the broadcast game if the NHL returns to Winnipeg.

“For sure, I’d thoroughly enjoy doing it again. I’m still very interested in getting back into it. I don’t think I’m over the hill,” he said.

Winnipeg Free Press Curt Keilback

Keilback followed the Jets to Arizona in 1996 and was with the franchise for 27 years before the team decided not to renew his contract for the 2007-08 season.

Even in semi-retirement, he has still been putting his voice through the rigours of working hockey games. He called about 25 Manitoba Junior Hockey League games on NCI-FM this past winter. And two years ago, he did play-by-play on a couple of Buffalo Sabres broadcasts in Calgary and Edmonton when the team’s regular announcer couldn’t make it.

Garth Buchko, general manager of CJOB, said he hadn’t given any thought to bringing Keilback back to the microphone if True North is successful in buying the Atlanta Thrashers and the station wins the broadcast rights.

“From our standpoint, (Manitoba Moose announcer) Brian Munz is the voice of professional hockey in Winnipeg as of right now. I would have no reason to change that,” he said.

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