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Press Release: HURRICANES RELEASE 2001-02 CABLE TELEVISION SCHEDULE

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

41 HURRICANES GAMES WILL BE TELEVISED


RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 7, 2001) -- Ken Lehner, Vice President of Marketing Communications for the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s 2001-02 season cable television schedule. The 41-game package includes telecasts that will be aired on Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net and espn2.

The television package features 27 road games and 14 home games. The Hurricanes Television Network’s first cable broadcast will be the team’s opening night against Eric Lindros and the New York Rangers at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Oct. 5, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet and Fox Sports Net.

“We are extremely pleased with the TV schedule that we were able to put together with our cable television partners,” Lehner said. “It features the most compelling road games, as well as the best home games that could very well sell out.”

Comcast SportsNet President David H. Nevins said, “We’re proud to be carrying even more Hurricanes games this season than ever before on Comcast SportsNet, and we’re looking forward to another great season. Our viewers in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina again will enjoy the best seat in their house whenever they can’t get out to the Entertainment & Sports Arena or take to the road to cheer on the Canes.”

Hunter Nickell, Fox Sports Net Senior Vice President and General Manager, added, “This is our largest schedule of Hurricanes telecasts since the team moved to Raleigh, and we believe it is indicative of the strength of our partnership. The telecast package is comprised of a solid mix of home and road games and provides Canes fans an opportunity to follow their team throughout the entire season.”

John Forslund enters his seventh season as the Hurricanes’ television play-by-play announcer and his 11th overall with the club. Forslund will once again team with Tripp Tracy to provide all the exciting NHL hockey action on Hurricanes television broadcasts.

In addition to his hockey broadcast work, Forslund has also covered Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball for Fox Sports Net the past few seasons. On the occasion that the team is not on television, Forslund will provide color commentary on the Hurricanes radio network with play-by-play veteran Chuck Kaiton.

Tracy returns for his fourth 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. That will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m.

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