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John Forslund

John Forslund

Television Play-by-Play

John Forslund is in his 23rd season as the Hurricanes' television play-by-play announcer, his 27th year with the club and his 34th year in hockey. In addition to calling all the action on Hurricanes television broadcasts, Forslund continues to serve as a play-by-play announcer for nationally-televised broadcasts on the NBC family of networks and as a contributor for the NHL Network.

Outside of his hockey work, Forslund has experience covering Atlantic Coast Conference and Southern Conference basketball for FOX Sports Net. In 2003, Forslund won Telly awards for Forslund Focus, part of the Hurricanes' in-game presentation, and "Raisin' Canes," the home video celebrating the Hurricanes' 2002 playoff run. Forslund has also been recognized with Mid-South Emmy Awards for Hurricanes broadcasts in 2007 and 2009. 

Forslund first joined the organization for the 1991-92 season as the public relations director, a position he held for four seasons. During his tenure, Forslund also served as the Hartford Whalers' color analyst on the Whalers Radio Network. Prior to his appointment in Hartford, Forslund handled the television and radio broadcasts for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League from 1984-1991. He was recognized as one of the AHL's top publicists/announcers when he received the Ken McKenzie Award in 1989.

Forslund continues to be heavily involved in the Triangle community, and has served as emcee for charitable events including the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic Gala, the Greater Raleigh Sports Council's Night of Champions and Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation fundraisers including Casino Night, the Canes 5k and the Golf Tournament. Forslund is on the board of directors for Spare Some for Autism and is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Genesis Home, Food Bank of North Carolina and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

A graduate of Springfield College, Forslund went on to earn his master's degree in athletic management from Adelphi University. John and his wife, Natalie, reside in Apex. They have two daughters, Erika and Kara, and a son, Matthew.

Chuck Kaiton

Chuck Kaiton

Radio Play-by-Play

Chuck Kaiton has been the team's radio play-by-play announcer since the organization joined the NHL in the 1979-80 season. The Hockey Hall of Fame announced on May 28, 2004, that Kaiton had been named the 2004 winner of the Foster Hewitt Award, given annually to National Hockey League broadcasters who make outstanding contributions to their profession during their careers. Kaiton became the 26th NHL broadcaster to receive the distinction since the Hall of Fame began recognizing broadcasters in 1984. He received the award following the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto on Nov. 8, 2004.

In addition to his work with the team, Kaiton has served as the president of the NHL Broadcasters Association for the past 30 years (1986-2016). A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kaiton began his broadcasting career in 1969 announcing Wolverine sports. In 1975, he went on to cover the University of Wisconsin sports teams and was named Wisconsin's Sportscaster of the Year in 1979. 

Chuck and his wife, Mary, reside in Raleigh and have three sons - Nelson, Chuck and Russell - and three grandchildren.

Tripp Tracy

Tripp Tracy

Television Analyst

Tripp Tracy is in his 19th season as the Hurricanes' television analyst, serving alongside John Forslund on all team broadcasts. In addition to his work on Fox Sports Carolinas, Tracy also broadcasted playoff games for NBC Sports Network during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

A former goaltender, Tracy was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After completing four seasons at Harvard University, Tracy signed a free agent contract with the Hurricanes in August 1996. He spent two seasons in the organization, playing for Richmond (ECHL), Springfield (AHL), New Haven (AHL) and Carolina (NHL). Tracy retired from his playing career in 1998 and accepted a position at CNN before returning to the organization for the 1998-99 season.

Tripp lives in Raleigh and is involved in several charitable organizations in the Triangle, including the St. Baldrick's Foundation. He also serves on the board for Children's Charities at Adios and has participated in several Hurricanes Alumni events, including the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Alumni Fantasy games.

Mike Maniscalco

Mike Maniscalco

Television Reporter / Web Host

Mike Maniscalco is in his second season as the Hurricanes' television and web host. He serves as host of Hurricanes LIVE! Prior to all of the team's games on FOX Sports Carolinas and Southeast, as well as hosting and producing video content for CarolinaHurricanes.com.

Maniscalco is a 10-year veteran of sports media in the Triangle, and hosted the popular pregame and postgame shows surrounding the Hurricanes' radio broadcasts from 2007-16. He also serves as host of the Canes Corner radio show, an on-location, hour-long interview show that helps connect members of the Hurricanes organization and the team's fans.

Prior to relocating to Raleigh, Maniscalco was the afternoon drive host at WRNL in Richmond, VA, from 2001-07. He began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Buffalo, NY, serving as an on-air host and assistant production director at WRG 550, from 1996-01. Maniscalco most recently worked as an on-air personality and coordinating producer for IMG College Sports. He is a 1997 graduate of Buffalo State College. Mike and his wife, Kristen, reside in Raleigh.