LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce that Hurricanes alumnus and current Post-Game Analyst for Fox Sports North covering the Minnesota Wild, Wes Walz, along with TSN’s Play-by-Play Announcer for the Winnipeg Jets, Dennis Beyak will headline the 14th Annual Celebrity Sports Dinner. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at the Sandman Signature Lodge.
Born in Calgary, Walz played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 1988-1990 where he accumulated 244-points (83G, 161A) in 119 games. He was awarded the Jim Piggott Trophy as the WHL Rookie of the Year in 1989 and helped lead the ‘Canes to an East Division title the following season. Walz also won a World Junior Championship that year, helping Canada to gold with 5-points (2G, 3A) in 7-games.
Walz was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 3rd round 57th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He bounced between the NHL and the AHL for a while, with a brief stint in Switzerland, before settling in with the Minnesota Wild in 2000. Walz played 7-seasons with the Wild, helping them to the Western Conference Final in 2003. Walz retired from the game in 2007 and joined the Tampa Bay Lightning’s coaching staff the following season.
He went on to coach his kids at East Ridge High School in Minnesota and is now the Post-Game Analyst for Fox Sports North covering the Minnesota Wild.
Born and raised in the small farming community of Winnipegosis, Dennis 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 since 1998.
In addition to radio, Beyak has called the IIHF World Hockey Championship and the IIHF World Junior Championship on TSN.
Beyak’s 49-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. He was also the chairman of the Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon (1989) and Seattle (1992) and was named the WHL Executive of the Year in 1989.
In 2011, he joined TSN as the play-by-play announcer for the Winnipeg Jets.
The evening will begin at 6:00PM with cocktails while the program will commence at 7:00PM. The night will include a silent and live auction. Tickets for the event will be $1,250 for a table of 10 or $150 per person. Tickets, along with sponsorship opportunities, can be purchased by calling Dylan, Tamara, or Kathy at 403-328-1986.
In addition, there will be a special VIP Reception held with Walz and Beyak for an additional $50 per person. Limited seats are available for the reception and you must have a ticket to the dinner to be eligible to purchase a ticket for the VIP Reception. The VIP Reception includes an autographed photo with your and our celebrity guests as well as complimentary drinks.