HURRICANES SIGN KAITON TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
Foster Hewitt Award-winning broadcaster to remain with franchiseRALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2004) – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed radio broadcaster Chuck Kaiton to a multi-year contract. Kaiton has served as the lone play-by-play voice for the Hurricanes franchise’s radio broadcasts since the team joined the NHL for the 1979-80 season. The Hockey Hall of Fame recently announced that Kaiton had been named the 2004 winner of the Foster Hewitt Award.
“We are extremely pleased to have Chuck continue with the organization,” Rutherford said. “The award he received this past week was not only an honor for him, it also confirms what an honor it is for us to have him representing our organization for all of these years.”
In addition to his work with the Hurricanes, Kaiton has served as President of the NHL Broadcasters Association for the past 18 seasons (1986-2004). A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kaiton began his broadcasting career announcing Wolverine sports. He went on to cover the University of Wisconsin sports teams and was named Wisconsin’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1979. Kaiton and his wife, Mary, reside in Raleigh and have three sons: Nelson, Chuck and Russell.
The Foster Hewitt Award is given annually to National Hockey League broadcasters who make outstanding contributions to their profession during their careers and its winners are selected by the NHL Broadcasters Association. On May 28, Kaiton, 52, became the 26th NHL broadcaster to receive the distinction since the Hall of Fame began recognizing broadcasters in 1984. Kaiton will receive the award following the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto on Nov. 8. For more information on the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Foster Hewitt Award, please visit the Hall of Fame’s website at www.hhof.com.