Curt Keilback, former voice of the Winnipeg Jets, is back!   2 comments


Surfing through the FM radio dial I came across a very familiar voice. Curt Keilback was calling a Manitoba Junior Hockey League game between the OCN Blizzard and the Neepawa Natives.  Keilback is best known to sports fans as the radio and television play-by-play voice of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1996 and the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996 to 2009.

To say Curt has taken a demotion would be an under statement.  From the huge arenas of the NHL where the broadcasters sit 35 meters up in the rafters, to the cow barns of the MJHL where the announcers sit two or three rows behind the players benches, Curt is doing what he loves best: passionately utilizing his strong baritone voice to describe the action in a hockey game.  If Curt was calling a pee wee game of six year olds he would make it sound like the Penguins and Canucks of the NHL were involved in a winner takes all, frenzied end to end blood battle.

Mr. Keilback has a god given uncanny ability to accentuate, embellish and hyperbolize hockey play by play action. When I used to listen to Curt call Jets games I would get so worked up I would have to pull the car over to stop from losing control of the vehicle. He would have me so excited with his deep voiced A SHOT!!  A GOAL!! that I would start jerking my muscles to the point where I would almost have a hernia.  And then Curt would sing the phrase OFFSIDE in a deep soothing monotone.  Curt takes the term inflection to a whole new level of reality. He could make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up while the next second sound like a humble backroom accountant. So now Curt is back at it, in a smaller league though.  Bit it’s a living.





Curt is now working for NCI Radio.

Native Communications Inc. (NCI) operates in Manitoba as a public broadcaster. NCI is an Aboriginal service organization offering radio programming throughout Manitoba, designed for and by Aboriginal people. We are a non-partisan organization.

NCI is in business to provide a service to our listeners and viewers. We are accountable to a Board of Directors made up of Aboriginal people.

NCI has been broadcasting in Northern Manitoba since September of 1971, providing Aboriginal language and cultural programming. The vision and initiative to create an Aboriginal radio station came from the grassroots. A group of people from Cross Lake, Wabowden, and South Indian Lake were instrumental in forming a committee which later evolved into NCI.


Another veteran of the Manitoba sports scene was the colour man on the game Curt was calling, none other than former Free Press reporter Scott Taylor.  Scott is now Sports Director/Account Manager at nci fm 105.5 and streetz 104.7 fm and media consultant at Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club.


Here is Curt doing a Jets game from back in the nineties.




Posted February 20, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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2 responses to “Curt Keilback, former voice of the Winnipeg Jets, is back!

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  1. I love this article, I’m from Phoenix,Arizona and I loved listen to curt call the games. Best broadcaster I’ve ever herd I wish he would come back to Phoenix games definitely don’t sound the same. I’m only 22 so it’s weird for people who. I talk to them about curt. He’s definitely missed here

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