RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 22, 2000) -- Ken Lehner, Vice President of Marketing Communications for the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s 2000-01 season television schedule. The 41-game package includes telecasts that will be aired on Fox Sports Net, Home Team Sports, WRAZ FOX 50, and espn2. The television package features 25 road games and 16 home games. The Hurricanes Television Network’s first cable broadcast will be the team’s opening night against the Washington Capitals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on October 7, 2000, at 7:00 p.m. on HTS and Fox Sports Net. The first over-the-air broadcast will take place on November 18, when the Hurricanes travel to New Jersey to take on the Stanley Cup Champion Devils in a 1 p.m. match-up on WRAZ FOX 50.
“Fox Sports Net and Home Team Sports have been partners with our organization from day one of our arrival in the Carolinas,” stated Lehner. “Last season, we added WRAZ FOX 50 to the television network and as a result we feel as if we have the best television network in the National Hockey League.”
“Our relationship with the Carolina Hurricanes has been tremendous,” said Hunter Nickell, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Fox Sports Net. “We are constantly striving to produce the best telecasts in the National Hockey League and work in conjunction with the Hurricanes to build their brand and the sport of professional hockey in the Carolinas.”
HTS Vice President Terry Chili added, "We're looking forward to another great season of home team coverage of the Hurricanes on HTS. Our focus is on giving our viewers in Raleigh-Durham and throughout North Carolina the best seat in their house whenever they can't get out to the Entertainment and Sports Arena or on the road to cheer on the Canes!"
John Forslund enters his sixth season as the Hurricanes’ television play-by-play announcer and his tenth with the club. Forslund will once again team with Tripp Tracy to provide all the exciting NHL hockey action on Hurricanes television broadcasts. As the schedule permits, Forslund has served as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN in the network’s hockey coverage during the regular season and playoffs. In addition to his work in the sport of hockey, Forslund has also covered Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball for FOX Sports Net over the last couple of seasons. On the occasion that the team is not on the Hurricanes network, Forslund will provide color on the Hurricanes radio network with Chuck Kaiton.
Tripp Tracy returns for his third year as the Hurricanes’ Television Color Analyst. Tracy, a former goaltender in the Hurricanes organization and a graduate of Harvard University, will team with Forslund for all Hurricanes television broadcasts.
The Hurricanes are scheduled to play one nationally televised game on espn2. Carolina’s second game of the season on October 10 against the Dallas Stars at the Entertainment and Sports Arena will be broadcast on espn2 at 7:00 p.m.