Hurricanes broadcast team to return in 2017-18 season

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that the team’s broadcasters, including television play-by-play voice John Forslund, color analyst Tripp Tracy, and radio play-by-play voice Chuck Kaiton have all signed new agreements to remain with the Hurricanes organization, while in an additional announcement made by Hurricanes president Don Waddell, Mike Maniscalco will continue his role as a Web/TV host for the Hurricanes, while joining John and Tripp for Hurricanes telecasts on FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Southeast.

Forslund will enter his 23rd season as the lead television play-by-play voice in the 2017-18 campaign and his 27th year with the organization, dating back to the franchise’s years as the Hartford Whalers, first joining the club in the 1991-92 season as its PR Director, after spending 8 years doing radio and TV broadcasts for Springfield of the American Hockey League.  In addition to his work on Hurricanes telecasts, Forslund often calls selected nationally-televised NHL games for NBC and NBC Sports Network(NBCSN).  He is also active throughout the Triangle area, serving as an emcee for Hurricanes Kids n’ Community Foundation, and working with numerous charities and community organizations.

The only radio play-by-play voice in the franchise’s history, with calling over 3,000 games under his belt, Chuck Kaiton will mark his 38th year as the radio voice of the franchise in the 2017-18 season, calling the games on the Hurricanes Radio Network and it’s flagship station in Raleigh, 99.9 The Fan(WCMC-FM).  Kaiton was named a recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Award in 2004, which is give annually to NHL broadcasters who make outstanding contributions to their profession during their career.  Since 1986, Kaiton has been the president of the NHL Broadcasters Association, a role that he serves in addition to his work with the Hurricanes.

Tripp Tracy will enter his 19th year with the Hurricanes as the lead analyst for game telecasts on FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Southeast.  Tracy was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1993 NHL Draft and played professionally in the ECHL as well as the American Hockey League. Tracy has appeared in several Hurricanes alumni events, including the Alumni Fantasy Games in 2012, 2013, and in 2014, and is also heavily involved with several charities in the Triangle area, including the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

“John, Chuck, and Tripp are among the best and longest-tenured broadcasters in the NHL. A generation has grown up with the three of them as the voices of the Carolina Hurricanes and we are pleased with them in their roles going forward.” Waddell said.

A complete schedule of game telecasts on FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Southeast will be released at a later date, while 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh will remain the flagship of the Hurricanes Radio Network.