Television Play-By-Play Announcer
John Forslund is in his 21st season as the Hurricanes’ television play-by-play announcer, his 25th year with the club and his 32nd 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.