Amber Jaye | Ron the Ref | 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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Ron the Ref
Ron Biscotti, better known as Ron the Ref, has been with the Carolina Hurricanes since the franchise moved to Greensboro in 1997. He has also been the in-game host for all Canes games at PNC Arena and Cool Bars for select road games since the 2005-06 season. These are just a few of the many roles Ron has had over the past decade.
After helping with mascot operations and promotions the first year the team was in Greensboro, Ron the Ref was created to help fans understand the rules of the game. Over the years, Ron the Ref has evolved, and his roles have included teaching at Hurricanes U and assisting in on-ice promotions.
Ron the Ref is not only a ref by name but also a certified referee. He started officiating in 1982-83. Since then, Ron has officiated on all levels from youth hockey to one of his greatest honors: officiating the Hurricanes' training camp scrimmages. Ron has also served as local supervisor of officials for USA Hockey in the Raleigh area. Ron's love for hockey started with his days growing up in the Philadelphia area playing pond hockey in the late 1960's. He started playing organized hockey in high school, and later went to work at a local ice rink driving the Zamboni. He continued playing in men's leagues for several area teams.
Q&A with Ron the Ref
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