Amber Jaye | Larry Olsen | Brian Hoyle
Amber Jaye was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an avid fan of every sport, she grew up running track and playing soccer. After completing a degree in Biochemistry at Arizona State University, Amber wanted to fulfill her lifelong dream of sports broadcasting. Before relocating to Raleigh, Amber worked as a Web Reporter and In-Game Host for the Cincinnati Reds. Prior to working with the Reds, she was a general assignment reporter at KETV in Omaha, NE.
This is her first season with the Hurricanes. You can find Amber at every home game and in the community spreading excitement to everyone! In addition to in-game hosting duties, you can watch Amber online daily in the CanesVision rink reports and other Hurricanes-related features. She also hosts Storm Surge, a live streaming broadcast of the Hurricanes' morning skates for each Friday home game.
“I love connecting with the crowd during Canes games," she said. "The energy inside PNC Arena is electric, and I am grateful for the Caniacs' enthusiasm and the opportunity to entertain and interact with the fans."
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Organist Larry Olsen
We've all heard them before - the loud, booming notes coming from somewhere in the stadium as either a cry for action to get the fans pumped up or to keep the good spirits of the crowd going.
As a kid, Larry Olsen attended many sporting events, such as baseball and hockey, and would love listening to the organ that boomed throughout these games. Larry always thought that playing the organ at sporting events would be one of the coolest jobs to have, and Larry got that chance in 2000 when he began playing the organ for the Hurricanes.
Larry Olsen, better known by the name donned on his jersey, Larry O, had a passion for both hockey and music starting from a young age. His love for hockey stemmed from growing up in Chicago, watching the Blackhawks and playing hockey in high school and college as a defenseman and goalie. His musical background began at the young age of seven when Larry began taking piano lessons and later playing the organ for church services. You may be thinking, How does playing organ for a church service translate into playing for an NHL team?
"In August 2000, I saw an ad on a musician's website where the Canes were looking for an organist, and I had to jump at the opportunity to audition," Larry O said. "So I brushed up on my rallies, songs, national anthems, and tried out for the position and here I am six years later, living out a childhood dream."
If you've ever been to a game, there is no doubt that you've heard Larry O's rally songs and national anthems. Out of all of the songs Larry has in his repertoire, there is one that he is partial to playing during games and intermissions.
"Without a doubt, the theme from Phantom of the Opera. It is a modern pop tune, but has a dark minor key that is ideal for theatre organ style music. What amazes me is that fans come up during pre-skate and thank me for playing it, so I know it is also a crowd favorite."
The Canes are up one in the third period. There are only three minutes to go. The fans are on their feet. This is the fifth game in a playoff series where Carolina can win it tonight. You can feel the tension in the arena. What song do the fans hear coming from the organ?
"I'll usually play a 'Let's Go Canes' rally to keep the crowd cheering the team on as loud as they can yell," said Larry O. "During the Stanley Cup Final series against Edmonton, I could barely hear the organ over the crowd on the 'Lets Go Canes' rallies. Totally awesome!"
Of course that comment is a direct testimonial to the amazing fans we have here in Carolina, a testimonial that is reinstated by many of the outsiders that visit PNC Arena, as well as those within the organization; Larry O is no exception.
"Since I've followed and played hockey most of my 50-plus years, the Canes fans are some of the best I've ever experienced. I know the market is still new in North Carolina and growing every season, but we already have a strong group of die-hard fans that I see at every game."
For Carolina Hurricanes fans attending games at PNC Arena, it's a refreshing sight to see a real live organ still contributing to the exhilarating atmosphere found at home games during the hockey season. But for Larry O it means even more.
"It is not too often that a person gets to follow their passions and fulfill a childhood dream, along with participating in their favorite sport."
And that means everything to Larry O.
Public Address Announcer Brian Hoyle
Public address announcer Brian Hoyle says there is nothing like feeling the energy of the entire Caniac Nation on the ice at PNC Arena. When PNC Arena is rocking, he says it is the most unbelievable atmosphere in the NHL.
Brian Hoyle is the Carolina Hurricanes' Public Address Announcer, also known as the "Voice of PNC Arena." He is a Raleigh native and was an avid Hurricanes fan even before he began working for the team. Brian says that working for the Canes and getting the opportunity to watch the game at the same time is the best of both worlds, and that he truly loves his job.
This is Brian's ninth season as the Voice of PNC Arena, but he has been affiliated with the Hurricanes in some way since 1997. He's been involved in marketing events to promote the Hurricanes and the NHL in North Carolina, and he's been the voice behind many of the Hurricanes' promotional videos. Brian has worked with CanesVision on numerous private events that have been held at PNC Arena over the years. He is also the Director of Marketing for Eye Care Associates, the team's eye doctor. Needless to say, Brian's connection with the team is very strong, and this helps him to bring intensity to PNC Arena on game night.
Q&A with Brian Hoyle
- When/how did you first become a Hurricanes fan? My first game. I was hooked.
- What announcement do you most enjoy making at PNC Arena? Any Hurricanes goal is a rush. I never get tire of the rush of a goal call and the fans are right there with me. It’s really indescribable. I’d have to say calling a Canes goal is tops.
- What is it like trying to announce in one of the loudest sports venues in the country? The Caniac Nation makes my job the best in the building in my opinion. The fan reaction is without comparison. I’ve always preferred live audiences over recording, radio or TV because being part of that crush of sound is just so much fun.
- To which aspects of the game do you try to add your own creative touch? Naturally, coming up with my own riding the thrill of a goal and introducing the players would be the most obvious answer. So, I’ll have to admit to that. The pace of the game requires you to be on top of everything which can be challenging at times when things get rocking on the ice. I guess you just have to be ready for anything as it happens which requires you to get a little creative with everything you do.
- What is the most difficult name to pronounce in the NHL? The guy who just scored a goal against the Canes.
- What is the most challenging aspect of your job? It’s the same thing as the most exciting – no two games are alike. So, you have to be ready for anything.
- What type of pre-game preparation do you do before the games? Review the game notes the Hurricanes media relations team puts together before each game.
- What has been the most memorable moment of your career with the Hurricanes? That’s easy. The last 15.9 seconds of Game 7, 2006 Stanley Cup Final.
- Who inspired you to become what you are today? Family was a big part of it. Never accepting the status quo. Always try to get better even if it’s only a little at a time.
- Who is your all-time favorite NHL player? I have been fortunate to know a couple of great current and former players so it’s really unfair to try to choose. I will say the players who balance what they do off the ice with the success they bring (or brought) to the game are certainly the most inspiring. Making a living and succeeding as an NHL player is a grind but if you can do it with class and perspective, well that’s worth respecting.