Jason Strudwick is a retired four-time, multi-scoring NHL defenseman who finished his hockey career playing for his beloved hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers. Following two decades of athletic experience, Strudwick found his new calling in the entertainment industry as host of a local Edmonton radio sports talk show. Now, Strudwick is back in front of the camera as the new co-host of City Edmonton’s Dinner Television.
Strudwick spends his time coaching and speaking to young athletes at the Mount Carmel Hockey Academy in Edmonton.
Vancouver-born and Calgary-raised, Claire Hanna has covered a range of events, including MMA fights, college sports, and volleyball tournaments. A team player with a passion for journalism and sports, Hanna attended the London and Sochi Olympic Games as a media/communications specialist.
She also played on the Canadian Women’s National Volleyball team from 2009-13 and played professionally in Belgium from 2012-13. Among her many other achievements, Hanna was honoured with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Libero of the Year Award in 2010.
Bridget Ryan started out with Breakfast Television back in 2000 as a Live Eye Host. She signed on full time in 2003, and since then, has brought mornings and morning shows to new heights…literally! In 2006, she was the first On-Air Host in Canada to repel LIVE down the side of a 31 story building with the Drop Zone (in support of the Easter Seals), with her camera man by her side. Any given morning Breakfast Television viewers could tune in and see Live Eye Host Bridget Ryan doing anything from learning a new synchronized swimming routine, to barreling down the side of our local ski hill in an effort to break the ‘Fastest Log Roll’
Bridget brings all of her talents over to Dinner Television, as one of their Live Eye Hosts. She is truly connected to the city, and will bring all of Edmonton’s most current events, music, theatre and festivals to your television every night.
Bridget is committed to doing everything she can to promote those that are the unbelievable angels in our community. She was the Spokesperson for Canadian Liver Foundation and The Kidney Foundation of Canada. She received the AWARD of MERIT in 2009 for her work with the Easter Seals. Since 2008, Bridget has been an Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity (complete with a pink hard hat!) and is a huge supporter of WIN HOUSE. Bridget comes from a performing arts background, so she has put her talents to good work as well. In 2007 Bridget created THE BREAST SHOW with Shannon Tyler, a hilarious musical cabaret, celebrating women’s strength and courage, that continues to be performed across this province, creating awareness as well as a few laughs.
Bridget has been acknowledged as Edmonton’s WOMAN OF THE YEAR by the 2010 Consumer Choice Awards at the Shaw Conference Centre alongside Kevin Martin, receiving Man of the Year.
The television bug first bit Courtney in second grade, when he appeared on an obscure French Saskatchewan game show. From there, there was no crowd too small for this suddenly eager performer. Combined with the “news loving” gene he inherited from his parents, a career in broadcasting seemed a mere formality.
Courtney learned his trade at NAIT, before settling into his first gig as a VJ in Fort McMurray. He continued to hone his craft in Cold Lake, before returning to his hometown of Lloydminster (living in Saskatchewan, working in Alberta). There, he was a veritable jack of all trades, shifting from VJ to Sports anchor before taking over lead News anchor and producing duties for the supper hour cast. His biggest break came when he was welcomed into the City family in late 2012, and he has never looked back.
Courtney has had the great privilege of experiencing a wide array of moments while donning his journalistic cap in the City of Champions. Some of the stories he has covered first hand have been harrowing- both the Hub Mall shootings and the devastating Slave Lake wildfires left an indelible mark. Other tales have catered more to his inner fan boy- covering the arrival of U2 and or the many hours spent in the Oilers’ and Esks’ locker room. But each day brings something new- and he is glad to be at the forefront bringing you these vital and interesting accounts. Courtney has filled up his Canadian passport, having called 5 provinces and 2 territories home. He is an avid bookworm and fitness freak- and a complete pop culture and sports fanatic. He also passionately lends his support to any worthwhile cause- including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.