Television Play-By-Play Announcer
John Forslund is in his 19th season as the Hurricanes’ television play-by-play announcer, his 23rd year with the club and his 30th year in professional hockey. In addition to calling all the exciting NHL hockey action on Hurricanes television broadcasts, Forslund will also continue to serve as a play-by-play announcer for nationally televised broadcasts of regular season and playoff games on NBC Sports Network and as a contributor for the NHL Network.
In addition to his hockey work, Forslund also 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 earned 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 serves as host of the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic Gala, an annual event to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research, and is on the board of directors for Spare Some for Autism. He 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.